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Aegean Festival Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
Andreas Makris

Andreas Makris (trans. Al Bader)

General Info

Year: 1967 / 1970
Duration: c. 10:25
Original Medium: Orchestra
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E. C. Schirmer Archives (Originally, Galaxy Music)
Cost: Score and Parts: $94.95   |   Score Only - Unknown


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (I doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet Solo
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece was written in 1967 as an orchestral overture for the Washington National Symphony and was premiered by that group under Howard Mitchell a year later at Constitution Hall. Its immediate success then and on tour occasioned the collaboration between Makris and Albert Bader of the U.S. Air Force Band to arrange the overture as a concert piece for band.

From its first hammering dotted eighth rhythms, Aegean Festival Overture reflects the Greek origins of its composer, who was born in Salonika, a colorful Aegean seaport. The driving energy of the fast section with its restless 5s and 7s and the lyric plaintiveness of the contrasting middle section, all molded into a symphonic form, epitomize the musical style of Makris that is a blend of classic form and Greek folkloristic elements.

- Program Note excerpted from the Yale Concert Band concert program

Aegean Festival Overture has been a staple in the band repertoire ever since, and like Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, is best known in its version for concert band. Although Makris did not use any actual folk tunes, the melodies and rhythms throughout Aegean Festival Overture are unmistakably Greek in origin.

- Program Note excerpted from United States Marine Band notes

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Maryland: VI
  • New York: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Stuart Sims, conductor) – 9 May 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Carrollton (Tex.) Wind Symphony (Jim McDaniel, conductor) - 21 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, DC.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) - 29 August 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductors) – 14 November 2017
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John E. Williamson, conductor) – 17 October 2017
  • Eastman Wind Orchestra (Rochester, N.Y.) (William Talley, conductor) – 16 October 2017
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 27 September 2017
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 12 November 2016
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Joseph Hansen, conductor) – 19 July 2016
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin L. Sedatole, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (David Frateschi, conductor) - 3 November 2014
  • Category 5 Wind Ensemble, Inc. (Charlie Fix, conductor) - 28 April 2013

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Andreas Makris website
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 575-582.