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Hold This Boy and Listen

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Carter Pann

Carter Pann

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - $95   |   Score Only - $25


Full Score
Flutes I-II

Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F 
Trombone I-II-III

Contrabass (optional)


Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbals (3)
  • Triangles (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Hold this Boy and Listen (2008) is an unusually soft and subdued song for band, written for my third nephew, David Paulus, Jr. I sat down at the piano and wrote a lyrical work where the melodies and harmonies return, creating a structure not unlike standard song structure. The sentiment is at times innocent or wistful and at other times haunted and serene. The players should really be allowed to sing through their instruments in this piece.

- Program Note from the score

Hold This Boy and Listen was written for a commission from a consortium of Colorado ensembles headed by the Colorado Wind Ensemble and its director, Matt Roeder.

- Program Note from John Hersey High School Symphonic Band concert program, 23 February 2018

Commercial Discography

  • Audio CD: Youngstown State University (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) -to be released on the NAXOS Wind Band Classics label in August 2012

State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (John Leonard, conductor) - 2 May 2021
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 20 February 2020
  • Croswell-Lexington High School Symphonic Band (Croswell, Mich.) (Kevin R. Czarnik, conductor) - 18 December 2019
  • University of South Dakota (Vermillion) Symphonic Band (John LaCognata, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 18 November 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 18 November 2019
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Nicholas P. Waldron, conductor) – 15 November 2019
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Kaiser, conductor)– 16 October 2019
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 14 October 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor)– 18 September 2019
  • Centennial High School Wind Ensemble (Ellicott City, Md.) (Harlan D. Parker, conductor) - 20 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Stuart Sims, conductor) – 6 December 2018
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 3 December 2018
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Andy Pease, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • University Of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Kevin Geraldi, Conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Michael E. Hancock, conductor) – 1 October 2018
  • Michigan Youth Symphonic Band (Ann Arbor) (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 12 March 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (David Blumenthal, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • John Hersey High School (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Scott Casagrande, conductor) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)

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