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Into the Blue

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Joshua Hobbs

Joshua Hobbs

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Concert Tom (4)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When I accepted a commission to write a jazz-inspired work for wind ensemble from Dan Dubay and the Howard W. Blake High School Wind Ensemble, I was caught slightly off guard. My knowledge of jazz was limited to having played in big band in high school and to a couple of jazz theory courses I took in college. Wanting to immerse myself in the medium head first, I took a beach vacation, listening to and studying as much jazz as I could. And that is how, beside the deep, blue Atlantic, I became enthralled with the blues, a genre originated by African Americans in the Deep South near the end of the 19th century.

Into the Blue pays homage to this uniquely American style. Not only are a majority of the melodies and harmonic progressions based on the blues scale, but the composition even references jazz-inspired compositions, most notably a quote from George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. It also employs swung melodies, drum set fills, big band-esque shout choruses, and many other jazz-originated features, in a wind ensemble homage to the blues.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist, 74/2 (September 2019), p. 26.
  • Perusal score