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Hats Off to Thee

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John Zdechlik

John Zdechlik

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $25.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A brilliant and full textured brass choir composition written to celebrate the life of Frank Bencriscutto, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota for thirty-two years

- Program Note from publisher and Wikipedia

Hats off to Thee was written as a tribute to Dr. Frank Bencriscutto, director of bands at the University of Minnesota. Zdechlik worked very close to him for years, so he wrote this piece to commemorate him and celebrate his achievements. While this piece is somewhat somber, it also has a triumphant character that is supposed to represent Dr. Bencriscutto’s many accomplishments and overall spirit.

- Program Note from Texas A&M University Symphonic Band concert program, 25 October 2020


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Craig Kirchhoff, conductor) – 12 November 2021
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (David Roush, conductor) - 10 June 2021
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 25 October 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 23 September 2016
  • University of Mississippi (Oxford) Wind Ensemble (David Willson, conductor) – 24 February 2010 (CBDNA 2010 Southern Division Conference, Oxford, Miss.)

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