Chant and Jubilo

From Wind Repertory Project
W. Francis McBeth

W. Francis McBeth

This work bears the designation Opus 25.

General Info

Year: 1963
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Chant and Jubilo was commissioned by Jerry Loveall for the Four States Bandmasters Convention in Texarkana, Texas, and was first performed by the Four States Bandmasters Band in January of 1962 with the composer conducting. It is a work in two connected contrasting movements. The melodic material in the Chant is derived from a ninth century Greek hymn of rogation. It is a modal movement reminiscent of the early church organum and should be done in a very sensitive manner, with the Jubilo contrasting with its explosive lower brass and percussion. The composer also used this source material in his Hymn for Band, a junior high piece written two years earlier.

- Program Note by W. Francis McBeth, with added notes by Jesse Leyva from Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Vol. 1, 2nd ed., 2010


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Michigan: Junior High AA
  • Minnesota: II
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: V
  • Wisconsin: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Genesee Valley (Oakfield, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Phillip J. Briatico, conductor) - 19 November 2023
  • Millbrook High School (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Jamie Tucker, conductor) - 7 March 2023
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College Concert Band (Wilburton) (Brian T. Harris, conductor) - 11 October 2022
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 11 April 2022
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Nevada Mills, conductor) - 11 March 2022
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Campus Band (Onsby C. Rose, conductor) - 21 November 2020
  • Kent State University (Ohio) Symphony Band (Kate Ferguson, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • Charlottetown Rural High School (Charlottetown, PEI) Grade 11-12 Festival Ensemble (Mark Parsons, Conductor) - May 2019
  • Northeastern Wisconsin (Marinette) Concert Band (Glen Reinke, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Douglas (Ariz.) High School Band (Lee Bottelberghe, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Erique Johnson, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Berea (Ky.) College Wind Ensemble (James A Dreiling, conductor) – 23 October 2018
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 1 May 2018
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Gary Jones, conductor) - 29 April 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Anthony Marinello, III, conductor) – 27 April 2018
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphonic Band (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 13 March 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Battaglia (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Barber) (1967/2021)

All Wind Works


  • McBeth, W. Francis. “W. Francis McBeth: Chant and Jubilo.” BD Guide 6 (September-October 1991): 2–3. Reprinted in Performance Study Guides of Essential Works for Band, edited by Kenneth L. Neidig. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications, 2009. pp. 62–63.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 298-304.
  • Smith, Richard James. “Theoretical analyses and practical applications to the rehearsal and performance of selected wind band compositions by W. Francis McBeth.” [4 volumes] Ph.D. diss., Baton Rouge, La.: The Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1986.
  • W. Francis McBeth at the Sigma Alpha Iota National Website