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Mystery on Mena Mountain

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

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General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $105.00   |   Score Only - $8.75


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This popular programmatic piece was first played and recorded by Frank Wickes and the Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble in 1985. The title refers to a story of two children who disappeared in the vicinity of Mena Mountain in 1940. According to a legend in the Ozark Mountains of western Arkansas, the two children set out to meet angels who were believed to live in the clouds above Mena Mountain.

As the work opens, the sun is rising above the mountain top with the main theme representing the power of the mountain itself. An allegro tempo indicates that the children are beginning their climb; a slower section describes their wandering through the foggy morning until a break in the mist reveals a choir of 200 white-robed angels singing and playing golden instrument. Entranced by the music, the children walk on the clouds and accept the invitation of the angels to accompany them to heaven. As the piece closes, the clouds rise and float slowly out of sight, leaving Mena Mountain as it was before.

- Program Note by the composer for Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Arkansas: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Massachusetts: I
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: IV


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  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Shaun Popp, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • University of Louisville Concert Band, (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 20 February 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Concert Band (Brian T. Wolfe, conductor) – 26 February 2018
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Concert Band (Bradley Esau, conductor) – 15 February 2017
  • Arkansas (Fayetteville) Winds Community Concert Band (Michael Ferguson, conductor) - 25 April 2015
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Campus Band - 5 March 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Giroux-West, J. (1985). Mystery on Mena Mountain [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Julie Giroux website Accessed 15 February 2017
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 26-263.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 234.