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Dark Ride

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Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00; (digital) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Synthesizer (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dark Ride is intended to evoke the experience one might feel on a moonlit night, riding through a darkened forest. The shadows stretch out across the ground, the wind howls, the owls may be heard hooting in the distance. Suddenly, a twig snaps behind you. You race into the darkness, fleeing from whatever made the sound.

This thrilling work features dissonant harmonies, driving percussion, and optional synthesizer to create everything from an organ to voices and an eerie harpsichord. A frighteningly good choice that offers something a little different.

- Program Note from Shadow Ridge Middle School Honor Winds concert program, 21 December 2018

Commissioned by the Liberty High School Band (Colorado Spring, Colo.) by the family and friends of Scott Singmaster, in celebration of his many years of service to music education.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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