In This Broad Earth

From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Bryant
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
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-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

COME, said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted,
Sing me the Universal.

In this broad Earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed Perfection.

from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Universal” from Leaves of Grass

In This Broad Earth is a short fanfare written for and dedicated to Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony. Inspired by beauty I witness when hiking in the Austrian Alps with my wife, Verena, the music celebrates the earth, our only home (for now).

The fanfare embodies the numerous threads that have connected my life with Michigan State University over the past decade. Verena was one of Dr. Sedatole’s first conducting students at MSU, which coincided with the beginning of our relationship. I spent a great deal of time at Verena’s apartment in Spartan Village where I wrote the opening section of my Concerto for Wind Ensemble on a makeshift desk (a card table given to her by Director of Bands Emeritus John Whitwell). Over the years since, the MSU bands have performed a great deal of my music, always at the very highest level, and though I was never a student there, I have great affection and loyalty to this extraordinary school on the banks of the Red Cedar.

In This Broad Earth intentionally shares musical material with my Concerto for Trombone, which I was writing simultaneously, coincidentally for Dr. Sedatole’s conducting teacher and close friend, Jerry Junkin.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


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  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) - 28 September 2023
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Jimmy McKenzie, conductor) - 26 March 2023
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Craig Adams, conductor) - 28 February 2023
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Lisa Tatum, conductor) - 17 November 2022
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 16 November 2022
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Daniel Lee, conductor) - 12 October 2022
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Chase Jones, conductor) - 3 October 2022
  • Leander (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Robert Selaiden, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattisburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 6 October 2020
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (Ashley Shoupe, conductor) - 25 September 2020
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 7 March 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 3 March 2020
  • University of Memphis (Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Albert Nguyen, conductor) – 6 February 2020
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) - 24 January 2020
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Winchester, Va.) (Timothy J. Robblee, conductor) – 9 November 2019
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing), Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – 20 November 2015 – *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Meunier, Robert. "In This Broad Earth." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 566-572. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Steven Bryant website