Avelynn's Lullaby

From Wind Repertory Project
Joel Puckett

Joel Puckett

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $100.00


Full Score
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone (2)

Players vocalizing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

My daughter, Avelynn, arrived on a spring morning with a pep in her step. Since day one, she has had the energy of three babies [although, to be honest, I'm not sure how that is measured].

Our nighttime routine has become set in stone. I give her a bath, put her in her pajamas, and we read a book or two. And then we come to my favorite portion of the routine: the lullabies. Doing my part, I sing her slow lullabies while rocking her, and she does her part, fighting the onset of sleep.

By far her favorite lullaby is the one my mother used to sing to me: "Sail far away, Sail across the Sea, Only don't forget to Sail, back to me."

At least, I thought it was the one my mother used to sing to me. I got curious about the rest of the verses and found that the piece was written in 1898 by Alice Riley and Jesse Gaynor, and has only a passing resemblance to the song I remember my mother singing to me. Better yet, it has virtually no resemblance to the lullaby I had been singing to Avelynn!

So Avelynn's Lullaby is both a journey of daddy trying to coax daughter to sleep, and a journey of daughter enjoying the song, fighting sleep and eventually succumbing to slumber.

Avelynn's Lullaby was commissioned by a consortium of American wind bands led by John Carnahan and the California State University Long Beach Wind Ensemble. Dedicated to Avelynn Puckett.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Symphony (Jamal Duncan, conductor) - 25 October 2023
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Barry L. Houser, conductor) - 1 March 2023
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (F. Mack Wood, conductor) - 1 December 2022
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) - 29 April 2022
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 3 November 2019
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 1 November 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 29 April 2019
  • Clovis (Calif.) North Educational Center Wind Ensemble (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) - 10 November 2018
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 25 October 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 23 October 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Vanessa Perala, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • California All-State High School Wind Symphony (Emily Threinen, conductor) - 17 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor)- 14 February 2018
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Michael Votta, conductor)- 17 October 2017
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Mack Wood, conductor) – 25 April 2017
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Beth Peterson, conductor) – 28 April 2017
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 15 November 2016
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 5 October 2016
  • California State University Long Beach Wind Symphony (John Alan Carnahan, conductor) – 24 March 2011 (CBDNA 2011 National Conference, Seattle, Wash.) *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Golemo, Michael. "Avelynn's Lullaby." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 483-489. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Joel Puckett website