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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: A Concert Overture for Band

General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: c.3:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In score:

  • Tuba, m. 52: div. 1st note should be E, not E-flat
  • All, m.169: 2nd note should 16th note, not 8th note
  • Oboe I, m. 197: 1st sound B-natural, not B-flat

In parts and score:

  • Flute II, m. 51: Should be A-flat, not A
  • Bassoon, m. 86: 6th note should be an E, not E-flat
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m. 66: 2nd note should be G-flat, not an F
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m. 201: 2nd note should be G, not A
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m. 202: Notes 1 and 2 should be GF, not AG
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, m. 77: First two notes should be DE, not EF-sharp
  • B-flat Cornet I, m. 160: Should be B-flat, not B
  • Horn in F, m. 172: 6th note should be G-flat, not an F
  • Trombone II-III, m. 47: 2nd note should be B-flat, not B

In parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m. 64: 1st beat "8th + 16th+ 16th note " should be "16th + 16th + 8th note "
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m. 64: 5th note should be a G-sharp, not G-natural
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet, m. 96: Missing bar, looking at the score (half note of C note, accent)
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet, m. 140: 8 bar rest should be 7 bar rest
  • B-flat Trumpet I, m. 214: 2nd note C is not an error. C is also in the condensed score
  • String Bass, m. 119: 1st note should be B-flat, not C
  • String Bass, m. 130: Add crescendo to the 2nd beat
  • String Bass, m.153: Add tie from the 2nd note to the 1st note of the next bar

Program Notes

Alfred Reed composed The Music-Makers for the Spencerport High School Wind Ensemble in 1967. The worked is based on Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s famous ODE:

We are the music-makers
We are the music-makers
And we are the dreamer of dreams,
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the World forever, it seems.
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown:
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.

The Music-Makers is a joyous affirmation of the power of music to move the spirit of man to both dream and achieve the highest that life has to offer.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Western University (London, Ont., Can.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Cabot, conductor) - 22 October 2022
  • University of Portland (Ore.) Wind Symphony (Patrick Murphy, conductor) - 24 April 2022
  • The Southern Tier (Binghamton, N.Y.) Concert Band (Robin Linaberry, conductor) - 6 December 2021
  • University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) Wind Ensemble (Allegra Wolff, conductor) - 27 February 2021
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Joe Brashier, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • St. Louis (Mo.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Poshak, conductor) - 30 September 2018
  • Grand Sousa Concert Band (Carlisle, Penn.) (James Colonna, conductor) - 5 August 2018
  • Ohlone Community Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 11 October 2017
  • Gildenbondsharmonie Boxtel olv Sander Teepen (Netherlands) – 2016

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  • Reed, A. (1968). The Music-Makers: A Concert Overture for Band [score]. Frank Music Corp.: New York, N.Y.