First Suite for Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c. 15:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Marks through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $115.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


1. March – 2:49
2. Melody – 5:20
3. Rag – 5:25
4. Gallop – 2:25


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
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 Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, mvt. 4, m.74: 3rd and 4th notes should be "eighth note + eighth note", not "dotted eighth note + sixteenth note"
  • B-flat Cornet I, mvt. 4, m.109 (2nd measure of Coda): Should be G-sharp, not G
  • Tuba, mvt. 4, m.42: Div. 2nd note should be C, not E

Program Notes

First Suite was commissioned by R. Lee Holmes and the Edmonton (Canada) Public School Symphonic Band, which premiered the work, the composer conducting, at the Canadian Music Educators Association convention in that city on April 3, 1975.

The four-movement suite begins with March, a tense dissonant-tinged section that features a hard-driving treatment of a dramatic marching theme that keeps its momentum to the very end. Melody unfolds a long, lyrical line that subsequently develops to a broad climax and then diminishes to a quiet coda. Rag is a light scherzo, set in ragtime rhythms and motifs. Gallop, the finale, is an authentically styled American circus galop which, according to the composer, moves "as fast as possible but no faster."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: III
  • Iowa: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Metropolitan Winds of Toronto (Ont., Can.) (Paul Pietrkiewicz, conductor) – 25 March 2023
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Phillip Day, conductor) - 23 February 2023
  • Tennessee Valley Winds (Murphreesboro) (Erich Zimmerman, conductor) - 10 February 2023
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) - 21 November 2022
  • Rockford (Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Kevin Jensen, conductor) - 24 April 2022
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Symphonic Band (Amy Acklin, conductor) - 20 November 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Travis Higa, conductor) - 2 March 2021
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) - 17 October 2020
  • San Diego (Calif.) State University Wind Symphony (Shannon Kitelinger, conductor) – 5 October 2019
  • World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 13 July 2019
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Symphonic Band (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Matt Thomas, conductor) – 4 April 2019
  • Saitama (Japan) Sakae High School Wind Orchestra (Akira Oku, conductor) – 14 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Colburn, conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.) University Band (Richard Fischer, conductor) – 28 September 2018
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (June Bearden, conductor) – 26 March 2018
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Melbourne (Fla.) Municipal Band (Staci Cleveland, conductor) – 5 May 2017 (ACB 2017 Annual Convention (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.))

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Reed, A. (1975). First Suite for Band [score]. Edward B. Marks: [s.l.]
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 492.