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All the Starry Band

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William Harbinson

William Harbinson

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $705.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

All the Starry Band was commissioned by the Northwest North Carolina Bandmasters Association for the 2004 Northwest North Carolina All-District Senior High Band in memory of Mr. Bill McCloud, Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Appalachian State University. Professor McCloud was an extraordinary music educator, a tireless advocate for music education, and a man of spirit and wisdom. His service to the profession at the local, regional and national levels was exemplary. Many aspiring music educators learned the essential skills and characteristics of the successful music educator from his example.

The composition is based on the hymn God of Our Fathers(National Hymn). Motives drawn from the hymn provide the melodic and harmonic basis for this lyrical and expressive work. The opening passage introduces the principal motive derived from the initial measure of the hymn. The second section contrasts the brass and woodwind sections and reveals an augmented version of the principal motive. The change in tonal center signals a more spirited and harmonically diverse third passage. A transition over an extended pedal builds to a glorious climax and the tutti statement of the hymn. A brief coda recalls the opening passage, bringing the composition to a gentle conclusion.

God of our fathers whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band...

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: III


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