From Wind Repertory Project
Jesse Ayers

Jesse Ayers

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jesse Ayers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $295.00   |   Score (print) and Parts (digital) - $235.00   |   Score Only (print) - $60.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Alto Flute
Bass Flute (optional)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet (optional )
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Electronic Keyboard I-II
Harp (optional)
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hi-hat
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (3)
  • Triangle
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibraslap
  • Xylophone

SATB Chorus (optional)


All copies printed prior to December 2010: Score and all percussion parts, bar 228, delete this instructions: Include cymbal crashes after 30 seconds or so of drums only.

Program Notes

Jericho is a surround-sound piece employing expanded instrumentation, multiple antiphonal effects, narration, and extensive and unorthodox audience participation. It is based on the Biblical account of the Battle of Jericho (Joshua 6), in which the famed walls of Jericho fell down flat. The work was composed over a 17-month period from October 2004 to February 2005, and was premiered April 22, 2005, by the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler.

Compositionally, Jericho makes extensive use of the 15th century melody Veni Emmanuel ("O come, O come, Emmanuel"). It is used to generate motivic ideas, such as the horn and trumpet fanfare figures; it appears as a cantus firmus in the synth bass in the long pedal tones; a three-voice, fifth species harmonization of Veni is used to generate harmonic cycles; and finally it is quoted directly in the last section of the piece as the audience sings the phrase O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

- Program Note by composer

Extensive notes on audience participation may be found in the Discussion tab, above.


  • American Prize for Composition - Band Division, 2013, finalist
  • Jericho was the basis for Ayers' 2007 Ohio Arts Council Individual Creativity Excellence Award


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Windiana Concert Band (Valparaiso, Ind.) (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - November 2011
  • Riverbend High School Symphonic Band (Aaron Noe, director) - October 2011
  • University of Portland Wind Symphony (Patrick Murphy, conductor) - March 2011; Portland, OR
  • Chamber Concert Band of Valparaiso University (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor; Michael Cobbler, narrator) - April 2005 *Premiere Performance*

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