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Harold L. Walters

Harold L. Walters

General Info

Year: 1970
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rubank Inc. Music Publishers, distributed by Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00 | Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Db Piccolo
Flute (C Piccolo)
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone Bass Clef
Baritone Treble Clef
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • "Bongos-Maracas-Claves, etc."
  • Chimes
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks (high and low)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For this novelty march, Walters used 30 themes from familiar march and concert works and condensed them into an instant concert of three minutes and ten seconds. Most of the melodies are presented consecutively. However, contrapunctal themes are performed simultaneously at times. Listeners are challenged to count familiar melodies.

In 1981, Walters was listening to a warm-up concert by a military band at London's annual Festival of Memory when the announcer suddenly proclaimed the next selection to be Instant Concert "by a composer named Harold Walters, who is in the audience." Halfway through the piece the band stopped playing, an ensemble of herald trumpets played a brilliant fnnfare, and the crowd stood for the arrival of the queen, queen mother, Prince Charles, Lady Diana, and Prime Minister Thatcher. After the ceremony the bandleader apologized to Walters and promised to finish Instant Concert if he would return next year.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Encore Concert Band (Orland Park, Ill) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) - 6 September 2020
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) - 25 July 2019
  • Village Band (Carrboro, N.C.) (John Fuller, conductor) – 15 June 2019
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (G. Mancho Gonzalez, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.) University Band (Richard Fischer, conductor) - 28 September 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Carlos Gama, Jr., conductor) - 26 June 2018
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Symphony Symphonic Winds (Miriam Grisso, conductor) - 16 May 2018
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) – 27 November 2017
  • Ye Olde Towne Band (Los Altos, Calif.) (John DeLoach, conductor) – 25 June 2017
  • Lexington (Mass.) Bicentennial Concert Band (Justin Aramati, conductor) – 14 May 2017
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Budd, conductor) – 31 January 2016
  • Ashdown High School Band (Arkansas) (Mark Pounds, conductor) - 2 May 2011

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 622-623.