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Everyday Hero

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Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $105.00   |   Score Only - $11.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drums (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangles (low and high)
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Everyday Hero was commissioned by the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association in memory of Zeke Nicar, former band director at Tennessee High, Bristol, TN, Vanderbilt University and Executive Secretary of NBA.

This work celebrates the diligent efforts and unsung accomplishments of the everyday hero. The composition praises those who make it all work, whether it be a single parent holding a family together or a teacher giving countless hours of outside time to students' concerns. It might be the neighbor who looks after others on the block, the local cop who stands ready at great personal risk to keep things safe for the rest of us, the church volunteer who extends care to those in need, or an innocent child doing what seems right without understanding what the term "hero" even means. It's my dad taking the most gristled portion of meat from the serving platter while telling his five sons that he liked that part the best, or my mom doing without things she desired so that the boys could have a few things they wanted bur really did not need.

Given any thought, this list easily broadens. We all have heroes and most of them aren't the kind who have statues erected in their honor or have been given great media attention. They are people who have touched our lives in meaningful ways, most of the time without realizing it until after the fact.

Everyday Hero acknowledges the self-sacrifice made by so many in order that the lives of others may be made better. Most band directors fall into this category - Zeke Nicar was certainly one of them.

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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