Graduation season is upon us and as musical directors prepare for another year of caps and diplomas, they may be tempted to spice up their school’s graduation ceremony with a different blend of instrumental music. If this is the case, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of high quality alternatives to Elgar’s traditional “Pomp and Circumstance March.” Here is a look at five excellent alternatives to “Pomp and Circumstance” for your graduation ceremony.
La Rejouissance by Georg Frideric Handel
“La Rejouissance” often called “Music for the Royal Fireworks IV” is an outstanding choice for a graduation march. It is strong and jubilant, and whenever I hear it my heart bursts with pride. When listening to this sound you want to stand a little taller and march with pride and purpose. Your graduates will be marching down the aisle with confidence and excitement as “La Rejouissance” plays.
Grand March (Aida) by Guisseppi Verdi
The “Grand March” from Aida is another excellent option for a graduation march. It delivers in a big way. Not only is it a proud march full of jubilant and triumphant emotions, but it is lengthy and beautiful as well. Rather than going the ordinary route, Grand March will add style, class, and flair to your graduation ceremony.
Rondo by Jean-Joseph Mouret
If you want to amp up your graduation’s level of excitement, “Rondo” by Jean Joseph Mouret is a great option. This song is powerful, intense, and you cannot help but walk with confidence, determination and pride when you hear it. This song is a great addition to any graduation ceremony.
Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi
“Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi is a beautiful, powerful, and unique option for a graduation procession. This song is epic and has been known to induce goosebumps. What better way to celebrate your graduate’s amazing accomplishment than with a song that fits the importance of the occasion?
Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke
If you’re looking for pomp and circumstance, without actually using “Pomp and Circumstance,” then you may want to give “Prince of Denmark’s March” a listen. This song has all the importance, power, length, and opulence as “Pomp and Circumstance,” only it hasn’t been used over and over and over again. This is an excellent choice that will be a welcome surprise at your graduation ceremony.
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