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American Fanfare (Stephenson)

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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It is a brisk and brief fanfare, meant to quickly get to uplifting the spirits of the audience. It therefore serves equally as a good opener to either half of a program, whether indoors or out. This work, by talented composer James Stephenson, features brilliant woodwind lines and bold brass parts.

- Program Note from publisher

American Fanfare was originally written for a church in Naples, Fla., for a celebratory occasion. At the encouragement of Erich Kunzel, it was scored for full orchestra in 1999 and later went on to win the Florida Orchestra fanfare competition that same year. Since that time, it has been performed by several major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic. In 2006, Commander David Alpar (U.S. Air Force) commissioned the concert band version.

- Program Notes from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble concert program, 2 March 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) Wind Ensemble (Danny Galyen, conductor) - 12 April 2022
  • Winds of the Houston (Tx.) Symphony (Steven Reineke, conductor) - 20 March 2021
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Terry Austin, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 18 November 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 4 April 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Tuesday/Thursday Concert Band (Chip Birkner, conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Concert Band (Benjamin Harper, conductor) - 25 April 2018
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Brunner, conductor) – 25 February 2018
  • Virginia Wind Symphony (Norfolk) (Dennis J. Zeisler, conductor) - 21 December 2017 (2017 Midwest Clinic)
  • Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Dobbins, conductor) – 6 November 2017
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (John R. Locke, conductor) – 29 November 2016
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Hisatoshi Muta, conductor) - 2 March 2016 (81st Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Symphonic Band (Bobby Francis, conductor) - 14 February 2015 (2015 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Hertford College (Oxford, UK) Wind Band (Aoife Dudley, conductor) - December 2014
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (James Chesebrough, conductor) - 30 October 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Stephenson, J. (2009). America Fanfare [score]. Eighth Note Publications: [Markham, Ont.]