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Havana (flex)

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Kevin Day

Kevin Day (arr. Josh Trentadue)

Subtitle: For 5-Part Adaptable Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2018 / 2020
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Piccolo I
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I
  • Violin I (optional)

Part 2

  • Piccolo II
  • Flute III-IV
  • Oboe II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet II
  • Violin II (optional)

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • B-flat Trumpet III
  • Horn in F I
  • Violin III (optional)
  • Viola (optional)

Part 4

  • English Horn
  • Bassoon I
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone I
  • Euphonium I
  • Horn in F II
  • Cello (optional)

Part 5

  • Bassoon II
  • Contrabassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Bass Saxophone
  • Trombone II
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium II
  • Tuba
  • String Bass (optional)
  • Bass Guitar

Additional instruments if available:

  • Piano
  • Harp
  • Keyboard Synthesizer

Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Havana was a wind ensemble piece that I started working on in 2017, got about 30 measures into writing, and then put on the shelf. I couldn’t think of what to do with it or come up with an idea, so I ended up just putting it aside until I could. I ended up forgetting about it, and while I was searching through my music files on a night in September 2018, I stumbled on this work and found inspiration to write on what I had. I wanted to tell a story with the piece and make it authentic, and so I spent a lot of time carefully writing the work. After messing with a few titles and feeling a good amount of frustration, I decided to go with Havana, despite there being a viral pop song already in existence with the same name (a song that is honestly a guilty pleasure of mine to listen to). This piece, however, has nothing to do with the Camilla Cabello mega-hit.

Havana (for Wind Ensemble) is a 7:30-minute work that is heavily influenced on Cuban music, rhythms, and percussion. I wanted to highlight different dance genres such as salsa, mambo, and cha-cha, while also making the piece in my own voice. I have a strong love for Latin music, and so this was incredibly fun to write. I sought to paint a mental picture of the city of Havana, the beautiful landscape, and the culture that it is known and beloved for. There are many “Latin-influenced” pieces for band already and so I wanted to make Havana stand out as one that is exciting and memorable. I hope that performers and audiences will tap their foot, bop their heads, and feel the music.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 1 May 2021
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 3 April 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band Chamber Players (David Thornton, conductor) - 26 March 2021

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