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Festive Overture, A

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1963
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $115.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-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 Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Xylophone
  • Triangle


In parts:

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II, Letter F+7: 5th note should be G-flat, not an F
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, Letter F-1: 2nd note should be a D-flat, not a C
  • B-flat Trumpet I, Letter J+7: Slur starts from the second note, not the first note
  • String Bass, Letter D: Add an accent to both notes

Program Notes

A Festive Overture was commissioned by the Tri-State Festival, held annually under the auspices of the Music Division of Dickinson State College in Dickinson, North Dakota, for performance at the 1963 Festival. The first performance took place on November 2nd, 1963, at the concluding grand concert of the festival, with the Dickinson State College Symphonic Band under the composer's direction.

The score is in traditional overture form, a brilliant opening allegro followed by a reflective, lyrical interlude, and concluding with a return to the first themes and mood. The entire work is built on three motifs, which are heard in the first section, with the middle section developed from one of these, which first appears as the bass line to the main theme. In the course of the work, the full resources of the modern, integrated concert band are called upon, to present these motifs in constantly varied forms and combinations, and in scintillating tone colors.

The wording of the commission presented a basic challenge: that of writing a major work on the highest musical level and yet capable of performance by a good high school band. We believe that this challenge has been met, and are proud to offer this work as a contribution to the modern school and concert band repertoire.

- Notes by the publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Band Class AA
  • California: Grade V Class A
  • Florida: FBA Band Grade V
  • Georgia: Georgia Band Grade V
  • Iowa: IHSMA Band Grade IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA Senior Band Group I
  • Louisiana: Band 2011 Grade IV
  • Michigan: Senior High Class B
  • Minnesota: Band Grade II, Category 2
  • North Carolina: Concert Band Grade V
  • South Carolina: Band Grade V
  • Tennessee: Grade V
  • Virginia: Concert Band Grade V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Windsor (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Trevor Pittman, conductor) - 1 April 2023
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Concert Band (Amy Birdsong, conductor) - 4 December 2022
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Reilly Fox, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • Oklahoma City (Okla.) University Wind Philharmonic (Matthew Mailman, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • University of North Carolina Ashville Wind Ensemble (Fletcher Peacock, conductor) - 29 April 2018
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 10 May 2014
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Clinton H. Dawley, conductor) - 24 November 2013
  • Carrollton Wind Symphony (Jim Moen, conductor) - 08 Mar 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Reed, A. (1963). A Festive Overture: For Concert Band [score]. Frank Music: New York.