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In the Presence of Heroes

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James Swearingen

James Swearingen

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $78.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes (metal and bamboo)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Westerville Concert Band (Westerville, Ohio) and dedicated to the celebration of their 20th Anniversay Celebration, Richard J. Studdendorf, Musical Director/Conductor and Jennifer Cabral Hever, Assistant Conductor.

- Program Note from score

This exciting composition contains many musical elements as a wonderful and moving tribute to our everyday heroes. The combination of story and music results in a variety of musical settings that are masterfully scored to provide a quality of sound that is both impacting and, at times, highly delicate. A lush heroic theme is interwoven throughout the piece.

- Program Note adapted from publisher notes


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Jason R. Palmer, conductor) – 21 November 2021
  • Westerville (Ohio) Community Band (Larry Klabunde, conductor) – 5 May 2018 (ACB 2018 Annual Convention (Buffalo, N.Y.))
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 4 November 2017
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 19 March 2017
  • Otterbein University (Westerville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (James Swearingen, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • Gallatin (Tenn.) High School Symphonic Band - 2 May 2014

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