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by LeAndre Benton

Key - Eb

Time - 4/4

Concert Eb Fermata, grand pause and tempo change


The level 3 in the bassoon part is out of range. The lowest pitch in the criteria is first line G and the lowest note is a whole step below that (F).

Slightly long for a 7 minute prep but not bad really. Can’t remember a lot of specific rhythms but there were some 8th note 8th rest stuff which isn’t hard but young players sometimes overthink it when it’s essentially to short downbeats.

Some 1 measure call and response stuff in 2nd half

2nd half has a spot where low brass take over and every one else accompanies so balance there is important. Also there’s a 4 bar percussion break as well but it’s easy.

More information:

Trumpets and clarinets start by themselves (half notes). Slow start into, fermata at the end of the into, grand pause then next section. Western theme. The timpani has a little solo.  The winds drop out part way through a measure. Other percussion play a measure

The consistent rhythm is 1-te, -te 3-4 (over and over). Every section is featured, including percussion. Low brass/low reed must be confident in middle section--they take over with the melody. All in all, not a bad piece, but every section must be confident.


Key - Eb

Time - 4/4

Eb. 4/4. 1--te 3 te 4. Low brass/winds melody for 8 bars. Flute, a sax, horn melody after that. Concert a naturals in 3 measures toward the end.

Has quite a few dynamic contrasts with a major crescendo towards the end. There are a few measures with a Half note to a dotted quarter to an eighth note. (One place this happens is at measure 4 and leads to weird transition into the next measure.) At measure 11 low voices have the melody with every one else accompanying. WWs play on 1 and 3 during this section The last six measures are full of accidentals that essentially makes a key change to Concert Bb. In the last measure, there is a rit that leads into a fermata to end the piece. This can be a very confusing place essentially with the accidental that are present. All in all, the sightreading is very playable but is definitely a typical Clifton Jones piece with traps.

NOTE:  There is NO Eb contra-alto clarinet part that was written. Bands with one coming in from the stage will either have to have them read a bari sax part, transpose from tuba, or just not play at all.

Measure 5 is a rehearsal mark but it should really be at measure 3, which the the start of the 4 or 8 bar phrase.

DO NOT assign a student to play the triangle part! They don’t play at all in the 4/4 section. Only crash cymbals. Snare, Bass, Crash, Bells, Timpani.

ZERO articulations in this piece

More info:
Allegro Starts tutti, No Articulation markings, seems like a dynamic changes Be sure to make long phrases, balance and blending is important the bands playing the whole time After opening statement trumpets, flute/oboe and clarinet (I think) have melody (contains a dotted quarter 8th on beat 3 ) Low brass and reeds have melody with quarters and half’s Melody with trumpet and WW at the end Last measure ritards and ends with a fermata

More info:
Yes it is 27 measures but the last four measures almost did me in. The alto melody you already have mention is a melody on low D E and F at the bottom of the treble Clef. My my altos almost cost us the trophy it is written low and soft on Alto. The guy who wrote it was obviously not an alto player. The only rhythm that gave us any issue was half - dotted quarter - 8th - one. Very readable except for that stupid low alto part. Lots of one rest rest four one in the low brass.

Percussion:  Timpani, Bells, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, Triangle


Regarding yesterday’s email:

The Level 3 Band SR work, Windrift Manor, will conclude on the fermata in measure 27 thereby eliminating the 3/4 section. There is no option available to read the whole piece. Share this with contest directors, hosts and judges.


Gabe Musella, ASCAP

Assistant Music Director

University Interscholastic League


by Clif Jones

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