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Pierre LaPlante

Pierre La Plante

Subtitle: A Folksong Setting for Band

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


1. Down the River
2. Shenandoah
3. The Glendy Burk
4. Creole Bamboula


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Mallet Percussion
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mallets
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This marvelous work is a moving tribute to an earlier time, when our rivers and other waterways were the lifelines of our growing nation. Featuring Down The River; Shenandoah (Across The Wide Missouri); The Glendy Burk and a delightful Creole bamboula tune.

- Program Note by publisher

Commissioned and dedicated to the 1988-89 Oberlin High School Band, Stephen Johnson III, director, Oberlin, Ohio.

-Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Florida: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Minnesota: II
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class B Std Rep


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 14 March 2021
  • University of Findlay (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Wes King, conductor) - 7 March 2021
  • Central College (Pella, Iowa) Honor Band (Eileen McGonigal, conductor) - 25 February 2021
  • Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Community Band (Shaun Salem, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion) Wind Ensemble (Michael Flanagin, conductor) – 15 November 2019
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Wind Ensemble (Christian Zembower, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville) Wind Ensemble (William Pease, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 24 March 2019
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 1 March 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • Washington Park High School (Racine, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (John Schoettler, conductor) – 16 October 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Brent Levine, conductor) – 9 October 2018
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 2 October 2018
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Sarah Wilson, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor)– 24 April 2018
  • ‘Iolani School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (Honolulu, Hi.) – 8 April 2018
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Concert Band (Shaun Popp, conductor) – 12 March 2018
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) – 3 March 2018
  • Lubbock (Tx.) Concert Band (Kerry Kirk, conductor) – 2 February 2018
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Echo Concert Band (Erick Knudson, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Concert Band (Matthew Garrett, conductor) – 24 April 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • La Plante, P. (1991). American Riversongs: A Folksong Setting for Band [score]. Daehn Publications: New Glarus, Wisc.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 198-201.
  • [ Pierre La Plante website] Accessed 11 September 2017