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Allison Loggins-Hull

Allison Loggins-Hull

Subtitle: For Flex Band and Electronics

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Flutronix Publishing, through Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet (and/or Soprano Saxophone)

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet (and/or E-flat Alto Saxophone)

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium (and/or Bassoon)

Part 4

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium (and/or Bassoon)

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • Tuba (and/or String Bass)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Loop is inspired by Chicago and its promise to African-Americans who came to the city during The Great Migration. It opens with a train sound, representing the trains migrants took up to the city from places like Mississippi and other southern states. It also nods to Chicagoʼs L train, which sounds throughout the city and circles a downtown area appropriately referred to as “The Loop.“ The piece is comprised of musical loops and also embodies the repetitive and rhythmic nature of factory labor, which the majority of black southerners found themselves doing once they made it to the big city -- including my own grandfather who worked in a can factory. The piece has a driving and determined energy, much like the spirit that is needed when anyone migrates to a new home for a better life. For fun, I added house beats (house music started in Chicago!) and the opening horn motifs are inspired by Chicago-native Kanye Westʼs, All of the Lights.

A little side note: Iʼm originally from Chicago, as well as my entire family, and hold this great city very close to my heart.

The Loop, for concert band and electronics (2021), was commissioned by a consortium of ensembles lead by Kaitlin Bove and Pierce College. It received its premiere performance in December 2021 by the Eastern Wind Ensemble at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

- Program Note by composer


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None discovered thus far.


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