Alex and the Phantom Band

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

Subtitle: A Young Listener's Introduction to Wind, Brass and Percussion Instruments, based on the story The Thirteenth Hour by Kathryn Maslanka

General Info

Year: 2002 / 2015
Duration: c. 16:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maslanka Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $299.00   |   Score Only (print) - $59.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, large
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes, metal
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Alex, in search of a flute to give his father for a birthday present, is swept off into a musical dream world where he finds a shabby old theater, the home of “His Majesty’s Royal Band.” Alex climbs to the conductor’s podium and sees the glittering instruments spread before him -- living instruments, but no players! He picks up the baton and points. Each instrument and section responds with its characteristic sounds. Overwhelmed, Alex faints away … to come awake in his own bed, and in his pajama pocket an ancient mahogany flute for his father’s birthday. “Alex” is an engaging and satisfying musical adventure for the young of all ages.

- Program Note from publisher

Alex… was commissioned by the Lansing, Michigan, Community Band for its annual children’s concert. It is intended as an introduction to the instruments of the band. The whimsical and engaging story by Kathryn Maslanka takes the young boy Alex on a dream adventure to the world of the Symphonic Band. He finds himself conducting His Majesty’s Royal Band, and is given an ancient wooden flute.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Maslanka, D. (2002). Alex and the Phantom Band : A Young Listener's Introduction to Wind, Brass and Percussion Instruments for Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble and Narrator [score]. [Maslanka Press]: [New York].