The Yosemite March & Two Step
by Elmer Allen
The Yosemite March & Two Step, composed in 1903, was published the year President Theodore Roosevelt visited Yosemite. Interestingly, on the original sheet music cover, the words "As Played By Arthur Pryor and his world famous band" are covered with a stripe of metallic gold ink, suggesting that the publishers' aspirations to fame had been somehow thwarted.
In the Summer of 1999 in Yosemite National Park, Yosemite commemorated the centennial of Camp Curry with special festivities including the debut of three newly created band arrangements. These band arrangements were created by Internationally renowned composer/arranger Stephen Kent Goodman from rare copies of original piano sheet music. The three marches (The Stentor, The Yosemite March & Two Step by Allen and the Yosemite March and Two Step by Hetzel) were unearthed from the Yosemite Research Library by Yosemite entertainer Tom Bopp. Listen to March.
5% from sales of these three marches will be given to the Yosemite Conservancy, a non-profit organization that provides interpretive, educational, research, scientific and environmental programs in Yosemite National Park. Additionally, YA supports the Yosemite Museum Collection and the Yosemite Research Library. https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/