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El Cumbanchero

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Rafael Hernandez

Rafael Hernandez (arr. Naohiro Iwai)

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €121.00   |   Score Only (print) - €24.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Electric Bass
Electric Guitar
Percussion, including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bongos (2)
  • Congas (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Timbales (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Puerto Rican songmeister Rafael Hernández Marin was dubbed “Mr. Cumbanchero” by Pres. John F. Kennedy, and his infectious creation is typical of the requisite “popstage” closers performed at band concerts across Japan. Naohiro Iwai, with more than 5,000 arrangements and compositions to his credit, is still active as a writer and guest conductor at 90 years of age. His Dreams of Tomorrow was performed by thousands of bands as one of the 2013 All Japan Band Competition’s five test pieces.

- Program Note by the Kagoshima Joho High School Wind Orchestra concert program, 19 December 2013


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • San Antonio (Tx.) Community Wind Ensemble (Albert Aguilar, conductor) - 7 February 2021
  • United States Air Force Band of the Golden West (Joseph Hansen, conductor) - 21 November 2019 (Santa Clara, Calif.)
  • Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Shane Macklin, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (James Baxter, conductor) – 11 May 2018
  • Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band (New York City) (Henco Espag, conductor) – 8 December 2016
  • Kagoshima Joho High School (Kawanabe, Japan) Wind Orchestra (Isao Yabiku, conductor) – 19 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)
  • Gangnam Wind Orchesta (Korea) (Hee Chan Ahn, conductor) - 13 December 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hernandez, R.; Iwai, N. (1996). El Cumbanchero [score]. De Haske: Heerenveen, Holland.
  • Perusal score