Mambo Perro Loco

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

Subtitle: (Crazy Dog Mambo)

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Crazy Dog Mambo is an original musical collage of Spanish dance forms including the salsa, bachata, merengue, the flamenco, the fandango and various classical and folk dance styles all set in 3/4 time. Traditional percussion instrumentation including the frog rasp and optional accordion further enhance the works ethnic color and rhythmic drive. Only a crazy dog could dance to this and get away with it.

- Program Note by composer

Composed for the Grisham Middle School Band, Betty Pierce, Conductor. Premiered at Midwest Clinic, December 2008.

- Program Note from score

The Latin music genre is a rich mixture of a variety of influences dating back to the pre-Columbian cultures. These early indigenous people shared their rich folk traditions with the African slaves brought to the Americas and with the Europeans who explored and settled the region. In addition to rhythmic, harmonic and melodic practices typically found in their music, the early Spanish settlers brought the use of the string instrument. The African slaves shared vocal and rhythmic patterns and eventually recreated percussion instruments similar to those used in music making in their homeland. All of the different cultural elements integrated to inspire the emerging new musical styles and forms.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


State Ratings



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  • St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Angelo Kortyka, conductor) – 29 January 2023 (Severance Music Center, Cleveland)
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Robert Belser, conductor) - 10 November 2022
  • Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond) Concert Band (Andrew J. Putnam, conductor) - 21 November 2021
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Marisa Miko, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Olivet College (Lansing, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Jeremy Duby, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • Narragansett (R.I.) High School Concert Band (Daniel Healey, conductor) - 20 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota Maroon Campus Band (Elena Kolbeck, conductor) – 3 December 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Linn-Mar High School (Marion, Iowa) Symphonic Band 7 December 2015
  • Grisham Middle School (Austin, Tx.) Band (Betty Bierschenk-Pierce, conductor) – 18 December 2008 (2008 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Julie Giroux website Accessed 10 July 2021
  • Lance, Elva Kaye. "Mambo Perro Loco." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 247-257. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Perusal score