I've had a lot of fun this past week delving more into my newest library, The Garritan CMB (Concert and Marching Band).
I was inspired to do a Sousa march when I picked up an old RCA "Living Stereo" album from 1959 for a quarter at our Library's annual used book/etc. sale.
The record features The Norwegian Military Band, conducted by Leif Nagel, performing Sousa and other favorite marching band pieces.
First I played the march as arranged by Jean-Francois Taillard, using a free PDF score of his I found online. He had reduced the march for a brass quintet.
Using the Norwegian Military Band record as a guide, I fleshed out the simple Taillard arrangement.
For those interested, here's the list of CMB instruments I used, and some production details:
Trumpet group-solo 1
Trumpet group-solo 2
Cornet group 1
Fr Horn group-solo 1
Fr Horn group-solo 2
Fr Horn group-solo 3
TBone group-solo 1
TBone group-solo 2
Bass Trombone solo
Tuba group-solo 1
Piccolo group-solo 1
Flute group 1
Bb Clarinet group 1
Euphoniuim group 1
Snare Drum, second isntance, detuned +.93
GPO Snare from Orchestra Percussion (included in CMB)
small Bass Drum
Bass Drum GPO (also in CMB)
For the final chorus, I doubled up the three snares by bouncing them together to a track, then pitch shifting, stereo expanding and off-setting the track.
I used Garritan Ambience on the Concert Hall 1 setting, each track with a send set at varying amounts going to a reverb bus.
I recorded the march in Sonar Home Studio 4 XL. Plugins were an automated JS EQ and Modern Limiter. The 2-track mix down was mastered in Sound Forge where a large impulse file was added subtly to the whole mix using S.I.R.