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Amber Sheeran

Amber Sheeran

Subtitle: For Five-Part Flex Band and Percussion Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 6:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00


1. Terracotta Toccata - 2:20
2. Seeds on the Hardwood Floor - 2:50
3. Scythe, Sickle and Shears - 1:45

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

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

Part 2

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

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion (5+players), including:

  • Brake Drum (or Anvil)
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves (optional)
  • Clay Pot Holders (small, medium and large)
  • Clay Pots (small, medium and large)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas (or Cabasa)
  • Metal Pipes (small, medium and large)
  • Rainstick (or Ocean Drum)
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


  • The word "gardener" is misspelled as "gardner" on the cover of the work and in the publisher's catalog, though not on the score itself.

Program Notes

This piece is meant be a percussion-centric piece, with sounds based on common gardening items. The Terracotta Toccata of course is those bright orange clay pots. It is meant to sound as bright as the color, and let the band show off their technique, as a toccata should. Seeds on the Hardwood Floor is mean to help out teachers hit the NAfME "Create" standard. I have found that this standard can be difficult to focus on when rehearsing for the concert. This movement forces it a little. It uses no metallic percussion, focusing instead on wooden and shaker-type sounds.

Scythe, Sickle and Shears, however, is the opposite, using mostly metallic percussion and some interesting effects for the timpanist.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

As many people as possible should be on Percussion 1 and Percussion 2. No percussionist should be sitting out this piece.

Clay pots should be amplified if possible.


State Ratings

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