The Music of William R. Higgins

High School


Grade 3
Third Irish Suite for Band

Movement 1 - Stafford's Receipt for Whiskey
Movement 2 - There is a Lone House
Movement 3 - The Garden of Daisies

For the
Greater Harrisburg Concert Band
Dr. William J. Stowman, Conductor

Higgins 2013
Grade 3
Psalms of the River Brethren

Movement 1  -  The Shining River
Movement 2 - Peace, Like A River
Movement 3  - Rivers of Delight

Commissioned by the
Messiah College Symphonic Winds
for the
100th Anniversary of the College

Higgins (2009)

Grade 2 The Ohiogan Fight Song

A "Fighting Song" based on the fight songs of both Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. The Trio combines both tunes.

arranged Higgins
Grade 3
The President's Concert March

A concert march with a singing trio, written for the annual President's Concert by the Messiah College Wind Ensemble.

 Higgins (1976)
Grade 3
The Susquehanna Valley March

A concert march commissioned by and dedicated to the
Greater Harrisburg Concert Band,
Dr. William J. Stowman, Conductor.

Higgins (2006)
Grade 3
The Patriot-News March

A concert march named for the newspaper of central Pennsylvania - The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.

Higgins (2009)
Grade 3
O Magnum Mysterium

Lauridsen's beautiful choral piece transcribed in a dark rich instrumentation. Requires 3 flugelhorns, 3 cornets - no trumpets.

Lauridsen/Higgins (2004)
Grade 3
At the Cross March

A concert march based on three revival hymns: "Tell Me the Old, Old, Story", "At the Cross", and "Beneath the Cross of Jesus".
Composed for the centennial celebration of Messiah College

Higgins (2008)
Grade 3+
Canticle and Fete

A song and celebration utilizing a double quartet of singers as instruments in the band

 Higgins (1975)
Grade 3+
Meditations on an Ambrosian Hymn

A fantasie on a hymn by St. Ambrose. Stresses tonal colors

 Higgins (1978)
Grade 4
In Krapf's Woods

A novelty for recorder or bird whistle and band transcribed from Johann Strauss.

 Strauss/Higgins (2001)
 Grade 4+

This beautiful 'Cello Canzone is arranged for solo Flugelhorn or Alto Saxophone and band.

 Bruch/Higgins (2002)


Grade 3
First Suite in G for String Orchestra
A three movement suite (11 minutes) based on three ancient Irish melodies
Higgins (2006)

All arrangements and compositions are by William R. Higgins.   To purchase arrangements, you must first obtain Permission to Arrange from the publisher of the original work. This restriction is in place to abide by copyright law.