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American Fanfare

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John Wasson

John Wasson

General Info

Year: 1990
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Wasson
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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
Trombone I-II-III
Synthesizer (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based upon the original Dallas Brass commission, this very popular concert band work is now back in print. Featuring flourishes for trumpets and a brief trumpet solo as well as showy parts for woodwinds and percussion, it will work well as opener, closer, or fanfare.

- Program note by composer

Originally composed for the Dallas Brass and later transcribed by the composer for full symphonic band, the American Fanfare is a wonderful example of colorful craftsmanship in modern wind ensemble writing. Designed as a short opening fanfare, the work begins with a seven-note theme in triple meter played by the trumpets alone. The main theme is stated a little later, again with trumpets, and, after a softer section in quadruple meter, the main theme returns for a dramatic conclusion.

-Program Note by William V. Johnson for the Cuesta Wind Ensemble concert program, 11 December 1993


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Shaun Evans, conductor) – 24 June 2021
  • Grace College (Winona Lake, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Criss, conductor) - 16 April 2021
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Montgomery County Concert Band (Hatfield, Penn.) (Chuck Neidhardt, conductor) – 23 April 2019 (ACB 2019 Annual Convention (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.))
  • Racine (Wisc.) Concert Band (Mark Eichner, conductor) - 1 July 2018
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Concert Band (John Campbell, conductor) - 19 December 2017
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 11 April 2017
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (James Chesebrough, conductor) - 9 March 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Michelle Eboch, conductor) – 8 March 2017
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Symphonic Band (Bobby Francis, conductor) - 14 February 2015 (2015 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) - 23 November 2014
  • Florida Wind Band (John C. Carmichael, conductor) - 8 March 2013 (79th ABA Convention, Tampa)
  • Loveland Concert Band Concert Band (Scott Schlup) - February 2013

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