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Jesse Ayers

Jesse Ayers

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jesse Ayers
Cost: Score & parts $120    Score & PDF parts $70    Score only $30   


Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (2nd optional)
Bassoon I-II (2nd optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Organ (cross-cued if organ not available)
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Orchestra bells (glockenspiel)
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Chimes
  • Congas
  • Finger cymbals
  • Triangle
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Cymbals (pair)
  • Bass drum
  • Tam-tam

Program Notes

"Akedah" (AH'-keh-dah') was commissioned by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Area Lutheran High School Association for the 2013 WELS National Band Festival held at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. "Akedah" is Hebrew meaning “the binding” and refers to the Genesis 22 account of Abraham’s binding of Isaac when God tests Abraham by asking him to offer his son of promise as a sacrifice. As Abraham raises the knife to slay his son, an angel of the Lord stops Abraham, and God provides the substitutionary sacrifice of the ram caught in the thicket, a prefiguring of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. In addition to thanking the WELS Area Lutheran High School Association for the opportunity to compose this work for their National High School Band, the composer also wishes to acknowledge and thank his former student Kendra Hayes Stickle for her suggestion of the Hebrew word "Akedah" for the title, as well as thanking family friend Alexandra Gomez-Robbins for her thoughtful consultation on possible titles.

Audio Link

Click here to listen to Akedah

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Luther Summer Music Honors Band (IA) (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting) - July 2015
  • Concordia University Irvine Wind Orchestra (CA) (Jeffrey Held, conducting) - March 2015
  • Mariette College Wind Ensemble (OH) (Marshall Kimball, conducting) - November 2014
  • Brigham Young University Idaho Symphony Band (Darrell Brown, conducting) - July 2014
  • Brigham Young University Idaho Symphony Band (Darrell Brown, conducting) - June 2014
  • Wisconsin Lutheran Synod National Honors Band (Brente Nolte, organ; Mark Zarling, narrator, Erin Meissner, conductor) - March 2013

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