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Chasing Sunlight

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Cait Nishimura

Cait Nishimura

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cait Nishimura
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – C$65.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb 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

This beautifully simple yet elegant work evokes the imagery of a sunset as seen while driving into the light.

- Program Note by Angela Schroeder


  • Canadian Band Association Composition Competition, winner, 2017

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • 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
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Symphonic High School Honor Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 25 January 2020
  • University of Dubuque (Iowa) High School Honor Band (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 16 January 2020
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, O.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Richard Edwards, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 19 November 2019
  • Olivet College (Lansing, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Jeremy Duby, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire High School 9-10 Gold Honor Band (Mark Fonder, conductor) - 2 November 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Shaun Evans, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Georgia State University (Atlanta) Wind Orchestra (Bryant L. Wahl-Perrin, conductor) – 1 October 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Symphony Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 27 September 2019
  • Cathedral City High School (California) Concert Band (Arquin Abaya, conductor) - 17 May 2019
  • Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (Sun Prairie, Wisc.) Wind Symphony (Joseph Mesner, conductor) - May 2019
  • Saugus High School (Santa Clarita, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Corey Whitt, conductor)– 10 May 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Unionville (Ont.) High School Wind Ensemble (Jeff Wrigglesworth, conductor) – December 2016 *Premiere Performance*

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