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Flight of the Piasa

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Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Alton High School Band, Alton, Illinois, David W. Drillinger, director.

- Program Note from score

Flight of the Piasa was written to depict the majesty of the legendary Piasa, an enormous winged creature, and the bravery of the Illini tribe who triumphed over its reign of terror. The discovery of the Piasa dates to 1673, when the cliff drawing painted high on the bluffs was first seen by Marquette during his famous journey down the Mississippi River.

- Program Note by publisher

The Piasa or Piasa Bird is a Native American dragon depicted in one of two murals painted by Native Americans on bluffs (cliffsides) above the Mississippi River. The name Piasa may also have been derived from the Native American Miami Illinois word páyiihsa (cf. Anishinaabe: apa'iins(ag), "little people(s)"). This was their name for small, supernatural dwarves said to attack travelers. Local claims that the word "Piasa" meant "the bird that devours men" or "bird of the evil spirit" are not accurate nor based in the Illinois language.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

Media Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Concert Winds (Brecksville, Ohio) (Tricia Asley, conductor) – 25 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • Casco Bay Wind Symphony (Portland, Me.) (Peter Martin, conductor) – 8 June 2019
  • College of the Sequoias (Visalia, Calif.) Concert Band (Michael Tackett, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Cheshire (Conn.) High School Symphonic Band (John L. Kuhner, conductor) – 18 December 2018
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Vong, conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • Williamsburg (Va.) Concert Band (Brian Worsdale, conductor) – 26 September 2013

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Adaptable Music

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  • Sheldon, R. (2008). Flight of the Piasa [score]. [s.l.]: Alfred Publishing.
  • Piasa, Wikipedia