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On Shoulders of Giants

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Andrew David Perkins

Andrew David Perkins

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Andrew David Perkins
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Early in 2021, amidst a devastating global pandemic, and in the shadow of an ugly and divisive election, we witnessed an appalling domestic terrorist attack on our nation’s capital. It was a dark, wretched day for all Americans. Two weeks later, a new administration was sworn in on those same capital steps, and the first female, Black and South Asian American vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, took the oath of office. I sat with my daughters watching an historic moment unfold and was struck with an overwhelming feeling of hope for the future, and a sobering realization of the heavy responsibility we're placing on our children. The survival of our nations, our planet, and the entire human race are literally in their hands. My hope is that we’ve armed them with vision, determination and optimism as well. May they stand on shoulders of giants, and reach heights we never could’ve imagined.

On Shoulders Of Giants was commissioned by my friend Jeff Malecki, director of bands and music education, the University of San Diego. It is dedicated to his niece, Vivian Jane, and my daughters, June Elise and Edith Marie.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (Arris Golden, conductor) - 4 December 2022
  • University of San Diego (Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Jeff Malecki, conductor) – 13 November 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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