Salutation was commissioned by Japanese conductor and broadcaster, Yutaka Nishida, a dear friend of the composer Philip Sparke. Salutation follows fairly conventional march form. A short fanfare introduces the main theme, played by Clarinets and Saxophones. A bridge passage, mainly in the brass, heralds a change of key and a legato second subject, again played initially by the Clarinets, which leads to the conventional trio theme, which is then repeated by the full band. Sections of the second subject lead back to thehome key and a return of the main theme, embellished with woodwinds.