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Ode for Trumpet

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1956
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: III/IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00

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Condensed Score
Solo B-flat Trumpet
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
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-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


  • Oboe, m.35 (D + 6): 3rd note should be B-flat, not B-natural

Program Notes

This composition was first performed by Don Jacoby, with the Texas All-State Band conducted by Clarence Sawhill, on February 10th, 1956, at the TMEA Convention in Dallas, Texas. The composition is developed in free variation form from an eight-measure theme. After a short introduction this theme appears for the first time. There are three variations with a short interlude after the first variation, the theme reappears in its original form before the interlude returns to form the coda. The melodies in Solo Trumpet and orchestra are interweaved like a dialogue, broad and singing. The tempo is always relaxed and never hurried.

- Program Note adapted from composer

In 1955, Alfred Reed was commissioned by the C.G. Conn Band Instrument Company to write this selection for their premiere trumpet artist of the day, Don Jacoby. Jacoby recorded this selection on his Have Conns Will Travel album and later premiered the work with the 1956 Texas All-State Band conducted by Clarence Sawhill. A throwback to the days of the big band, this lush arrangement is a great feature to showcase the advanced trumpet artist in your band.

- Program Note by the VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band concert program, 20 December 2013


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Dustin Ferguson, conductor; Alexander Sanso, trumpet) - 21 November 2021
  • University of Louisiana Monroe Wind Ensemble (Derle R. Long, conductor; Eric Siereveld, trumpet) – 26 February 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Concert Band (Archie G. Birkner IV, conductor; Ben Elgan, trumpet) – 26 February 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (David Hedgecoth, conductor; Matthew T. Harriman, trumpet) – 17 November 2016
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band and Symphonic Band (Martin H. Seggelke, conductor) - 23 April 2015
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Brian Ingelson, conductor; Matt Ingelson, trumpet) – 20 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)
  • Midland (Mich.) Concert Band (Samuel Huss, trumpet) - 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Reed, A. (1959). Ode for Trumpet [score]. Southern Music: New York.