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Folk Suite for Band

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William Grant Still

William Grant Still

General Info

Year: 1966
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bourne Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $57.50   |   Score Only (print) - $10.25


1. Get on Board, Little Children - 1:18
2. Deep River - 3:50
3. Medley (The Old Ark's a-Moverin' and Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass) - 4:25


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat 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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The major part of William Grant Still's creative work has been in the field of original compositions, yet in his Folk Suite for Band, he has made one of his rare excursions into the realm of traditional American melodies, this time in building several of the most widely loved and often sung negro spirituals into a larger work. Wherever American music is known, Get On Board, Little Children, Deep River, The Old Ark's a Moverin', and Sinner, Please don't Let This Harvest Pass are favorites.

The Suite was first performed in Los Angeles on August 18, 1963, by one of the Bureau of Music's symphonic bands, Dale Eymann conducting.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • California: IV Class B
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Racine (Wisc.) Concert Band (Mark Eichner, conductor) - 1 July 2018
  • California State Northridge Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) - 7 March 2013
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 30 January 2005

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Still, W. (1966). Folk Suite for Band [score]. Bourne: New York.