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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
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
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 by publisher

The American Fanfare was originally written for a celebratory occasion for a church in Naples, Florida. 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. In 2006, Commander David Alpar commissioned the concert band version for the Air Force Band of Flight. This spirited and energetic fanfare makes for a exuberant opener to either half of a concert.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • 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
  • 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.]