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Declaration Overture

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Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc., through Wingert Jones
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I/C Piccolo
Flute II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

After a stately fanfare introduces a five-note motif, this celebratory overture blossoms into a joyful concert selection that will be enthusiastically received each time it is presented. Interesting parts appear through all sections of the orchestra (including percussion) in this accessible and effective concert opener.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Arkansas: III
  • Georgia: III
  • Iowa: III
  • Indiana:
  • Louisiana: II
  • Minnesota: Category 3
  • North Carolina: V
  • New York: IV
  • Ohio: High School Class C
  • Oklahoma: II-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Rogers (Ark.) High School Symphonic Band (Patrice Brown, conductor) – 1 May 2021
  • Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.) Wind Ensemble (Skip Vandelicht, conductor) - 14 March 2021
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) University Band (Amy M. Knopps, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Kent State (Ohio) Symphony Band (Wendy Matthews, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Moix, conductor) – 5 March 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • South Central High School Symphonic Band (Sarah Harlow, conductor) – 26 November 2018
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (Malcolm Jones, conductor) – 1 May 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Ryan M. Yahl, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • Berea (Ky.) College Wind Ensemble (James Dreiling, conductor) – 26 October 2017
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 10 October 2017
  • Cary (N.C.) Town Band (Stuart Holoman, conductor) – 3 July 2017
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) (Lisa Hallen, conductor) – 28 April 2017
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Jessica Piso, conductor) – 21 March 2017
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan P. Johnson, conductor) – 13 October 2016
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Honor Band (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 13 February 2016
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Michael Schofield, conductor) - 17 April 2015 (2015 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Oldham Youth Wind Band (Roger Meaden, conductor) - 12 March 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Perusal score
  • Smith, C. (1976). Declaration Overture: For Concert Band [score]. Wingert-Jones Music: Kansas City, Mo.