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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $16.50


Full Score
Flute (and optional Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II (4-8 Players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Above all, Joy is an expression of its namesake: simple, unabashed joy. A boisterous, uninhibited quality is implied in the music, not only at climactic moments, but also by the frequent presence of sudden and dramatic stylistic contrasts.

The main melody and overall mood of the work (and its companion piece, Joy Revisited) were inspired by a signal event: the birth of our first child. The intense feelings that most any father would feel on such a day were, in my case, accompanied by a simple little tune which grabbed hold of me in the hours preceding her birth, and refused to let go throughout the day and many days thereafter. Indeed, until I jotted it down in my sketchbook, it did not release its grip.

Seven years and two children later, I stumbled upon that old sketch and discovered (or rediscovered) that it would serve perfectly as the foundation for a joy-filled concert band overture.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Florida: II
  • Georgia: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: II
  • Maryland: II
  • Michigan: Senior High D
  • Michigan: Junior High B
  • Mississippi: II-A
  • North Carolina: III
  • South Carolina: II
  • Texas: II. Complete
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class M
  • West Virginia: II


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Amy M. Knopps, conductor) - 30 April 2023
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Campus Band (Lauren Visel, conductor) -- 20 October 2022
  • Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, Penn.) Concert Band (Hector Ramirez, conductor) - 22 April 2022
  • Old Rochester Regional Junior High School (Mattapoisett, Mass.) Eighth Grade Band (Richard Laprise, conductor) – 18 December 2019
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Erin Colleen Cooper, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Jamestown (N.D.) High School Wind Ensemble (Brandon Bondley, conductor) – 11 February 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) University Band (Dayna Traver, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • Genesee Valley (Batavia, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Philip J. Briatico, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Smoky Hills (Salina, Ks.) Middle School Honor Band (Carl T. Rowles, conductor) - 12 October 201
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Donald A. Lentz Concert Band (Douglas W. Bush, conductor) – 27 April 2017
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Symphonic Band (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 16 November 2016
  • LCHS Concert Band (Eric Petrniowitsch, conductor) - 7 March 2013
  • Hill Country Middle School (Austin, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Frank Ticheli, conductor) – 21 December 2006 (2006 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Frank Ticheli website Accessed 6 July 2020
  • Morehouse, Christopher. "Joy." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 201-208. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Perusal score
  • Ticheli, F. (2005). Joy: For Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.