Chester Leaps In (1997)

From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

General Info

Year: 1994 /1997
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two marimbas and piano
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $115.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Program Notes

Chester Leaps In is constructed from the juxtaposition of two divergent musical ideas: a chromatic, angular melodic motive, repeatedly interrupted by the harmonic simplicity of William Billings’ well-known hymn tune, Chester.

This is the second incarnation of the piece (the original, written in 1994, was scored for two marimbas and piano). While I was studying at Juilliard, my friend and fellow composer Eric Whitacre suggested transcribing it for band. In retrospect, this seems an obvious evolution of the piece, given the familiarity of the original tune in the band community. I’ve been somewhat amazed at its popularity, having been recorded on 8 or 9 CDs (as far as I know), and played all over the United States and several countries abroad, including the professional Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra! Many thanks to all who have performed it – I hope it was fun!

Chester Leaps In, along with ImPercynations, MetaMarch, and Suite Dreams, is a part of my larger Parody Suite.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Lee, conductor) - 28 October 2021
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Beth Peterson, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John Watkins Jr., conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • University of Nebraska Kearney Wind Ensemble (Duane Bierman, conductor) – 29 September 2018

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