Heart of Gold

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Paul Salyers was a beloved band director in the Riverside community of California. When he had a heart transplant, the entire community rallied behind him and he went back to teaching as soon as he was allowed. Over a year later, he found out that his body was rejecting the heart, yet he continued teaching through the difficult treatment process. He was a fun, loving teacher who always made people smile. He was dedicated to his students until the very end. In fact, his band live-streamed their concert to his hospital room while he was on life support. He passed away hours later.

Susan E. Olsen, the band director who spearheaded this commission, was insistent that the piece be fun and uplifting. As I cleared my mind and thought about everything Susan had told me, I started hearing a simple melody in 7/8. And that was when everything hit me. This dance-like melody was like Paul – fun, lively, energetic, and certain to put a smile on everyone's face. But most importantly, I believe this was Paul's untaught lesson to the kids – teaching them to play in 7/8 and having a lot of fun doing it.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Frank Augustus Miller Middle School Bands, Riverside, California, Susan E. Olsen, Band Director, celebrating the life and passion of Paul Salyers.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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