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Jubilee Overture

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00


Full Score
Piccolo (doubles Flute III)
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone

(Percussion instrumentation undifferentiated in score)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The work opens with a two-part fanfare -- a brass flourish followed by a reflective chorale for the winds. This builds to a climax as the flourish returns. A lively allegro follows, with many changes of meter and a robust tune from the horns and saxophones. Eventually a cantabile tune emerges from the middle of the band, which everyone then plays before the allegro returns. A brief repeat of the opening fanfare precedes a presto coda.

- Program Notes by composer

This overture was commissioned by the GUS Brass Band to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1983. Formed in 1933 as the Munn & Felton’s Works Band in Kettering, Northampton, England, and conducted for many years by Stanley Boddington, the band won its first national championship in 1935. By the time it was sponsored by Gus Footwear, Ltd. in 1962, one British open and three more national championships had been won. In addition to winning additional contests, the GUS Band has since become one of the most recorded and traveled bands in Britain.

After stating in an interview that the piece originally began at the Allegro, Philip Sparke explained that he used the notes GUS (G, C, E flat) in the opening: G as is, U for Ut (C or Do in Europe), and S (Es=E flat in German). He added, “It’s a little trick to get you started, really.”

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hagen) – 5 February 2020
  • Westchester (N.Y.) Symphonic Winds (Curt Ebersole, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Knightwind Ensemble (Milwaukee, Wisc.) (Erik N. Janners, conductor) – 8 April 2018
  • United States Army Field Band (Domingos Robinson, conductor) – 12 March 2018 (Melbourne, Fla.)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Kevin Kastens, conductor) -21 February 2018
  • St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Mereles, conductor) - 22 October 2017
  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point, N.Y.) (Tod Addison, conductor) – 4 September 2017
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (Amanda Fornshell, conductor) – 20 April 2017
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holton, conductor) – 4 February 2017
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 7 June 2013
  • Carrollton Wind Symphony (Jim Moen, conductor) - 21 Dec 2012

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Philip Sparke website
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 557.
  • Sparke, P. (1983). Jubilee Overture [score]. Studio Music: London.