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Amazing Grace (Himes)

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William Himes

William Himes

General Info

Year: 1835 / 1984 / 2001
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Winwood Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.25   |   Score Only - $16.75


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III

(Percussion instrumentation undifferentiated in score)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Amazing Grace is one of the world's most loved hymn tunes, and this glorious arrangement is sure to be popular with players and audiences alike. Beautifully crafted and eloquently scored, this reflective yet powerful arrangement builds to a glorious climax, perfectly blending the traditional melody with sumptuous new harmonies.

- Program Note from publisher

Amazing Grace is a song that transcends all boundaries. Used to inspire, celebrate, mourn, anguish, enlighten or heal, it's been a focus at one time or another in all of our lives. Its solemn phrases speak to all of us in different ways with memories of different times.

- Program Note from Flower Mound High School Wind Symphony concert program, 18 December 2015

The spiritual Amazing Grace was written by John Newton (1725–1807), a slaveship captain who, after years of transporting slaves across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World, suddenly saw through divine grace the evilness of his acts. First published in 1835 by William Walker in The Southern Harmony, it has since grown to become one of the most beloved of all American spirituals. Beautifully crafted, and eloquently scored, Himes’ reflective yet powerful arrangement builds to a glorious climax perfectly blending the traditional melody with sumptuous new harmonies.

- Program Note from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band concert program, 29 November 2016


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: II
  • Minnesota: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Symphony (Elliott Tackitt, conductor) - 23 November 2021
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 21 March 2021
  • Northshore Concert Band (Glenview, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 6 December 2020
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Community Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 22 November 2020
  • Milaca (Minn.) High School Symphonic Band (Andrew Nelson, conductor) – 7 March 2020
  • Brevard (N.C.) College Wind Ensemble (Eric Peterson, conductor) - 26 April 2016
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Jacqueline Townsend, conductor) – 23 April 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 6 April 2018
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) University Band (Trevor Bailey, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Michael Butler, conductor) – 22 February 2018
  • West Virginia University Symphonic Band (Lindsey Williams, conductor) - 10 October 2017
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (J. Benjamin Jones, conductor) – 29 November 2016
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Wind Ensemble (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • Woodbury (Minn.) High School Concert Band (Tark Katzenmeyer, conductor) – 26 October 2016
  • Arlington (Va.) Concert Band (James Kirchenbauer, conductor) – 9 April 2016
  • Flower Mound (Texas) High School Wind Symphony (Brent Biskup, conductor) - 18 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
  • Fayette (Mo.) High School Band - 11 December 2015
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Symphonic Band (Corinne Klemenc, conductor) - Spring 2014
  • Medalist Concert Band (Cannon Falls, Minn.) (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 19 December 2002 (2002 Midwest Clinic)
  • 1999 CBDNA Small College Intercollegiate Band (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) – 24 February 1999 (CBDNA 1999 National Conference, Austin, Tx.)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Himes, W. (2001). Amazing Grace: For Wind Band [score]. Rosehill Music: Aylesbury.
  • Lourens, Alan. "Amazing Grace. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 60.