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James Ployhar

Robert Hirsch, arranged by James Ployhar

General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wynn Music, distributed by RBC Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00 | Score Only - $7.50


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells or Xylophone
  • Bird Whistle
  • Bulb Horn
  • Cowbell
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Gong (off stage - Salami on stage)
  • Human Scream
  • Ratchet
  • Slide Whistle
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


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Program Notes

This novelty piece is written in the Classical style with many laughs along the way. The more unusual percussion instruments can be substituted with anything similarly amusing.

From the program notes in the score: "It is imperative that both soloists and band perform in a straight-forward and serious manner. The three soloists can be selected from the band, the faculty or community. The first and second players should have higher voices and the third lower. The third should also be a showman as the part has the most potential for imaginative improvisation. His cadenza is the highlight of the piece. He can meander over a number of familiar themes (a measure or two of each at most) in a continuous stream until band members, in disgust, shoot the kazoo out of his hand with cap pistols."


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State Ratings

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