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Alligator Alley

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Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: BandQuest
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00 | Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboes I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet in Bb I-II-IV
Horns in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass (Optional)
Percussion (6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Tambourine (2)
  • Triangle (2)
  • Vibrahone (optional)
  • Whip
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone (optional)


The following errors are in the PARTS:

  • Clarinet III, m.57, note on beat 2 should be written A natural. Score is correct.
  • Trumpet I, m.64, first three notes should be F natural, final three notes should be E natural. Score is correct.
  • All, except Timpani, Percussion 1 and percussion 2, add crescendo from beat one of measure 164 through beat one of measure 165. Score is correct.

Program Notes

Alligator Alley is the nickname for the east-west stretch of Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale that crosses through the Florida Everglades National Park. This park is home to many endangered species, one of them being the American alligator. One might see an alligator along the roadside when driving along this stretch of road.

Michael Daugherty invokes two themes in this piece: the first called the “alligator’s theme” is played at the beginning with bassoons and evokes the slithering nature of the alligator; the second is called the “hunter’s theme” which is performed by the brass and includes sounds of an alligator snapping its jaws with the two pieces of wood struck together.

Program Note by Michael Daugherty

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

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State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Massachusetts: II
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Texas: III. Complete


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