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Fanfare and Allegro

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Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams

General Info

Year: 1956
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
English Horn
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Gong
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fanfare and Allegro was the first composition to win the Ostwald Award for original band literature. The award was presented at the American Bandmasters Association convention in 1956. It is written in an exciting contemporary style with brilliant scoring. The work opens with a declamatory fanfare section which leads directly to the allegro movement. It features ostinato figures, brilliant brass, and percussion. Although rhythmically complex, the music is impressive and straightforward, and its resonance and sonority are ideally suited to the medium of the modern band.

- Program note by Band Music Notes


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Florida: VI --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as significant literature)
  • New York: VI
  • Texas: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Wind Ensemble (Craig S. Cornish, conductor) – 14 February 2020
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Wind Ensemble (Michael Ketner, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John Watkins Jr., conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Austin Hinkle, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rollo) Symphonic Band (David Cress, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 22 March 2019
  • Highland Park (Ill.) High School Wind Symphony (Gary Green, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Buce Adams, conductor) - 10 Jun 2018
  • Sanger (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Dan Peña, conductor) - 15 April 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) - 19 April 2018
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 16 April 2018
  • Greenwich (Conn.) High School Wind Ensemble (John Yoon, conductor) – 3 April 2018
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Mary Schneider, conductor) - 8 March 2018 (83rd Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Amanda Fornshell, conductor) – 27 February 2018
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 27 February 2018
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John M. Watkins, Jr., conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • High School Symphonic Band [Interlochen, Mich.] (Frederick Fennell, conductor) - 8 August 1981

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 636-643.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 646.
  • Williams, C. (1956). Fanfare and Allegro: Concert Band [score]. Summy-Birchard: Evanston, Ill.