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Fanfare and Flourishes (flex)

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James Curnow

James Curnow

Subtitle: For a Festive Occasion

General Info

Year: 1995 / 2013 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass band
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • F Horn
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Cello

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Cello
  • B-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass

Percussion I

  • Bells
  • Xylophone

Percussion II

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom, large

Percussion III

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

James Curnow’s Fanfare and Flourishes was originally commissioned in 1991 for the European Brass Band Championships in Rotterdam, Holland. It is based upon Marc Antoine Charpentier’s (1634–1704) Te Deum. The Black Dyke Band gave the premier performance of Fanfare and Flourishes in England, and the piece has since become one of Curnow’s most popular works.

In 1995, Curnow arranged the work for concert band and made it more accessible for younger groups by offering a flexible arrangement in 2013.

- Program Note by JT Womack for the University of Iowa University Band program, 3 May 2021

The concert band version of this work was commissioned by the Alfred M. Barbe High School Band, Steve Hand, director.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (J.T. Womack, conductor) - 3 May 2021
  • College of Idaho (Caldwell) Wind Ensemble (Luke Strother, conductor) - 8 April 2021
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphonic Band (Jim Lloyd, conductor) - 18 March 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Curnow, J. (1995). Fanfare and Flourishes: For a Festive Occasion [score]. Curnow Music Press: Wilmore, Ky.
  • Perusal score