Chasing Sunlight

From Wind Repertory Project
Cait Nishimura

Cait Nishimura

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cait Nishimura
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – C$65.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Chasing Sunlight was inspired by the experience of driving west into the setting sun, as if trying to keep up with the earth’s rotation to catch the last few rays of light before dusk. The steady eighth-note motif throughout the piece represents this sense of urgency, while the soaring, lyrical themes depict the warmth and radiance of the sun low in the sky.

Just as the sun will always set, humans must accept the impermanence of all things in life, and make the most of every opportunity before it has passed. Chasing Sunlight also represents the ongoing pursuit of these opportunities.

- Program Note by composer


  • Canadian Band Association Composition Competition, winner, 2017


State Ratings

  • MusicFest Canada: B300


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Campus Band (Abbie Brown, conductor) - 23 October 2023
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Symphony Band (Zach Cheever, conductor) - 9 March 2023
  • Firelands High School (Oberlin, Ohio) Concert Band (Dustin Wiley, conductor) - 29 January 2023 (Severance Music Center, Cleveland)
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Concert Band (Lance Sample, conductor) - 2 October 2022
  • University of Portland (Ore.) Wind Symphony (Jade Ward, conductor) - 20 November 2021
  • Bridgewater (Va.) College Symphonic Band (Christine Carrillo, conductor) - 7 November 2021
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Symphonic Band (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 29 September 2021
  • Cazadero (Calif.) Music Camp Junior High Session Concert Band (Norman Dea, conductor) – 17 July 2021
  • Smith College (Northampton, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Hannah Berube, conductor) - 10 May 2021 (Virtual)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (John Leonard, conductor) - 2 May 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band A (Kayla Moyers, conductor) - 19 April 2021
  • University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) Symphonic Band (Allegra Wolff, conductor) - 27 February 2021
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Travis Weller conductor) - 13 November 2020
  • Lampman (Sask., Can.) High School Senior Band (Jeff Lunde conductor) – 7 March 2020
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Gold Band (Dylan Suehiro, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Seattle (Wash.) Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Danny Helseth, conductor) – 21 February 2020
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 17 February 2020
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Clinic Honor Band I (Amy M. Knopps, conductor) – 2 February 2020
  • Unionville (Ont., Can.) High School Wind Ensemble (Jeff Wrigglesworth, conductor) – December 2016 *Premiere Performance*

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