Kelly's Field

From Wind Repertory Project
Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 6:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jennifer Higdon
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $375.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom, low
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Kelly’s Field is a tribute to conductor Mark Kelly, my former band director and conducting teacher at Bowling Green State University. It was commissioned by the Midwest Clinic in honor of a gentleman who has given so much in the fields of wind ensemble performance and music education, touching thousands of lives through many years of service.

Thinking of what type of music would be appropriate to honor “Chief”, I felt that a tapestry of playful gestures and bold statements would most accurately reflect his knowledge and gifts that always become evident upon his ascending a podium. Some of my most vivid musical memories come from performing as a member of one of his various bands at Bowling Green, including a truly inspiring performance at Midwest. To this day, when I write music, I recall the thrill of the sound of an ensemble coming together to communicate through the power of music, and I aspire to climb to that level of excitement in the pieces that I write. Only a profound musician such as he can create such distinct memories in the minds and hearts of so many young musicians, striving to grow and growing to play, in a field that I distinctly consider ... ”Kelly’s Field”.

This work was commissioned by the Midwest Band Clinic in 2006 and premiered at that festival in Chicago, Illinois, in December of that year.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • The Musashino Academia Musicae (Tokyo, Japan) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Bloomquist, conductor) – 20 December 2006 (2006 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Higdon, J. (2006). Kelly's Field: For Concert Band [score]. Lawdon Press: [Philadelphia, Penn.]