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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - Unknown

For additional availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I composed Amen! as a retirement gift to my lifelong friend, Tracy McElroy, in celebration of his lifelong achievements after thirty years of teaching instrumental music in Texas public schools. Back in the 1970s in Richardson, Tracy and I played trumpet together in the Berkner High School Band, forging a close friendship that lasts to this day. Tracy’s teaching to generations of young people instilled in them not only his deep love of music, but his values of personal discipline and teamwork. His life’s work epitomized the contributions of thousands of music educators in this country whose gifts to our society are enormous, perhaps incalculable.

Amen! takes on an upbeat, somewhat bluesy, gospel style, suggesting an impassioned preacher sharing some bit of good news. After an introductory “call to order,” our preacher (here depicted by the clarinet section) gives us the main tune over a series of simple, bopping quarter-note chords. Later, the full ensemble bursts out in a fit of joy – the choir and congregation have joined in, dancing and shouting in full agreement. The good new is driven home in the concluding coda over a series of plagal (Amen) chord progressions, and one final joyful shout.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Community Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 12 May 2023
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Community Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 27 February 2023
  • California State University Northridge Wind Symphony (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) - 20 April 2022
  • University of Tulsa (Okla.) Wind Ensemble (Richard Wagner, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • Northern Santa Barbara County (Calif.) High School Honor Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 10 February 2019
  • Greenwich (Conn.) High School Band (John Yoon, conductor) - 30 May 2018
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Night Owls Campus Community Band (Megan Goodman, conductor) – 22 April 2018
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Ninth Grade Honor Band (Elizabeth Fritz, conductor) – 4 February 2018
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan P. Johnson, conductor) – 13 October 2016
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 5 December 2014
  • University of Nevada Reno Symphonic Band (R. Andrew Sullivan, conductor) – 11 March 2010 (CBDNA 2010 Western/Northwestern Division Conference, Reno, Nev.)
  • Buchholz High School (Gainesville, Fla.) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 17 December 2009 (2009 Midwest Clinic)
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 23 October 2010

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Burrack, Frederick. (2010). Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 8. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 201-209.
  • Frank Ticheli website Accessed 6 July 2020
  • Perusal score