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Blanco Canyon Sketches

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James Sudduth

James Sudduth

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General Info

Year: 1987
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $115.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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Program Notes

This piece for intermediate band begins with a slower, lyrical introduction by the clarinets before the rest of the band joins them. Suddenly the percussion section takes all of the attention with an 18-bar soli, quiet but driving before the winds return with a slower legato section again. The music closes with the whole band taking up what the percussion section introduced earlier, driving to a rousing finish.

- Program Note from publisher

Blanco Canyon is a canyon located in the norther panhandle of Texas. Eroded by the White River into the Caprock Escarpment on the east side of the Llano Estacado, the canyon runs for 34 miles in a southeasterly direction.

The canyon was long suspected, but only confirmed in the 1990s, of having been used as a campsite by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and his army twice in spring of 1541 while on his El Dorado expedition. It was on October 10, 1871, also the site of the main skirmish of Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie's initial campaign against the Plains Comanches, known as the Battle of Blanco Canyon.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: III
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Virginia: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Banco Canyon. Wikipedia Accessed 6 December 2021
  • Sudduth, J. (1987). Blanco Canyon Sketches [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tx.