About James M.
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Trip the Mason City Iowa,
where James Fulton directed the first Mason City Municipal Band
We are still trying to locate
the Wurlitzer Progressive Band Book and the Wurlitzer Progressive Orchestra
Book. If you happen to have either, or know about the existence of one, or if
you have any other music by Fulton, please contact us!
The Parker and Davis Campaign March has been found. I
finally received the sheet music. Interestingly enough, this march, published in
1904, is the same march entitled "Ethelbert" which was published in 1901 and
recorded by the New Fulton Band. I have noted this on our complete works page
and on our recordings page. Click here to Hear the
Parker and Davis Campaign March (or Ethelbert March).
James M. Fulton's Grave has been discovered at the Mount
Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA. With great horror, I discovered he has no
headstone or marker on his grave. Its just an empty lot. Both James and his wife
Catherine are buried in a single grave. Here is picture of his lot: (The piece
of paper was just used to mark to lot)
(Photo by Mt Auburn Cemetery)
This great American Composer who wrote SO MUCH music,
doesn't deserve to be lost to history. If you would like to contribute anything
to a fund to purchase a Headstone for James M. Fulton and his wife Catherine
Fulton, please contact me!
On Sunday March 25, 2007, The Ohlone College Wind Orchestra
Performed James M. Fulton's "Gingeroso, A Trombone Phantasy", Jeff Yaeger
On Friday, March 23, 2007, the Milpitas Community Concert band
performed James M. Fulton's "Trapelo" overture, Jeff Yaeger conducting.
The following is a summery of the info obtained from this
Loras has heard of James M. Fulton and happens to enjoy his
works. He enjoys and occasionally performs Fulton’s “The Aviator March.” He
also enjoys some of Fulton’s Band Arrangements particularly of Victor Herbert’s
Shows although he couldn’t remember the specific one! He listed Herbert’s 4 main
arrangers, of which Fulton was not mentioned. He told me that Fulton worked for
the publisher “Whitmark” which specialized in musical theatre publications.
He mentioned that he was asked by the Waterbury (CT)
Symphony Orchestra to provide an orchestra version of Fulton’s “Waterbury
OLD PERFORMANCE PRACTICES:
Cymbal and Bass Drum together ALWAYS until otherwise noted.
Even during the trio!
NO BELLS. Most of the time, bells were not written for, and
shouldn’t be played unless they are specifically called for in the DRUM part.
The fact that the were later added to performances has its roots in the school
band where there was an excess of drummers and were given a flute part to keep
them happy! He notes that the US Coast Guard Band puts bells in everything they
play, which he wished they didn’t do. He believes it makes everything sound the
Parts marked as “Bb Bass” were really TC Bass Trombone and
Bass Sax Parts.
Dogfights are not a basis for dating a piece. Dogfights
existed early in band music (EX Washington Greys 1848) The inclusion of a
dogfight in a march was completely up to the composer and most of the time
didn’t mean its was a lesser quality march.
- I am working on music for additional recording sessions. I am going to try
to record as much of Fulton's Music as I can so there will be compressive
collection of his works available to the public. I have found the following
The Fulton Folio of Melody Marches for Band. Published in 1934 by the Oliver
The Wurlitzer Progressive Band Book. Published in 1904 by The Rudolf
- At this time, I only have the Solo Bb Cornet book. I am desperately trying
to locate the other parts and the Library of Congress says they don't have
them. If anyone comes across the other parts, please contact me.
- I have received a list of Works by James Fulton from the Library of
Congress. I am in the process of trying to obtain copies of the parts for some
of them. However, this can be very expressive. If you would like to help
financially support out efforts, please contact me. Your name and or
organization will be mentioned on this website.
- The Fremont Public Library in Fremont California had a book sale. I
obtained a box of old sheet music mostly of the 1920's and 1930's. However
there is the occasional piece from the 1880's, 1890's and the turn of the
century. I also obtained two Etude Music Magazines. One from 1922 and one from