In Flight

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

General Info

Year: 2000 / rev. 2008
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00    |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Flight is a tone poem that musically recreates the experience of flying in a fighter aircraft. In the score, one can find many musical suggestions that mimic qualities of piloting a fighter jet such as combative motifs, the serenity of the sky, the weightless feeling after a climb, breaking through the clouds, and even the shape of an actual fighter aircraft maneuver depicted in the piccolo, flute and xylophone runs.

It was composed during the summer of 2000 and premiered at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 30th, 2001, by the Duquesne University Wind Symphony, Dr. Robert Cameron, Conductor. Since then, the recording of that performance has aired across the United States in programming sponsored and broadcast by National Public Radio. It was dedicated to my cousin, Nicholas H. Romah, who at the time of In Flight's composition had just retired from the United States Marine Corps as a full colonel.

This publication of In Flight was commissioned by Lincoln High School in Vincennes, Indiana, William J. Marsh and Jason R. King, directors.

- Program Note by Samuel R. Hazo


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Nampa (Id.) High School Symphonic Band (Phillip Hoesing, conductor) - 9 May 2023
  • Northwest College (Powell, Wy.) Wind Ensemble (Zach Paris, conductor) - 17 October 2020
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Michael Mucci, conductor) – 17 December 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Showcase of Bands Honor Band (Gary Smith, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • David Thompson Secondary School (Vancouver, B.C.) Senior Concert Band (David Lamb, conductor) – 30 January 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Community Band (Laura Rexroth, conductor) – 18 October 2018
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Scott Muntefering, conductor) – 13 October 2018
  • Lowndes High School (Valdosta, Ga.) Wind Symphony (Jon Bowman, conductor) - 25 April 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Raider Band (Skye Brown, conductor) – 27 March 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Andrew D. Chybowski, conductor) – 17 April 2017
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy Texas) (Paul Hogue, conductor) 24 April 2016
  • Lockport Township (Ill.) High School Wind Symphony (Brian Covey, conductor) – 19 December 2008 (2008 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


None discovered thus far.