Gee, Officer Krupke

From Wind Repertory Project
Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Paul Murtha)

Subtitle: From West Side Story

General Info

Year: 1957 / 2015
Duration: c. 2:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drumset
  • Police Siren
  • Ratchet
  • Slide Whistle
  • Tam-Tam
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gee, Officer Krupke is a satirical novelty song from the music play West Side Story (1967). Two of the Jets gang, A-Rab and Baby John, are set upon by Officer Krupke, a New York police officer, but they manage to escape him. They meet the rest of the gang. To cheer themselves up, they lampoon Officer Krupke, and the other adults who don't understand them.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bonita Springs (Fla.) Concert Band (Gary Smith, conductor) – 17 May 2023 (ACB 2023 Annual Convention (Orlando, Fla.))
  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) - 12 May 2023
  • South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Pride Wind Ensemble (Dan Bassett, conductor) - 14 May 2022
  • Coastal Communities Concert Band (San Diego, California) (Tom Cole, conductor) – 18 August 2019
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor)– 28 April 2019
  • Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band (Farmington) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 16 December 2018
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Marion (Mass.) Concert Band (Tobias Monte, conductor) - 24 August 2018
  • Western Reserve Community Band (Hudson, Ohio) (Ralph Meyer, conductor) - 19 August 2018
  • Atlantic Pops (Atlantic City, N.J.) (Mark Kadetsky, conductor) – 8 December 2017
  • Bonita Springs (Fla.) Concert Band (Gary Smith, conductor) – 5 May 2017 (ACB 2017 Annual Convention (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.))
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 5 November 2016
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Budd, conductor) – 31 January 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Cool (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Murtha) (1957/2018)
  • West Side Story (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Sweeney) (1957/2015)

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