Our Cast Aways

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Music Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Vibraphone I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters every year and 2.4 million of these adoptable animals are put down. These numbers do not include the thousands who suffer in silence. Thanks to thousands of caring people, these numbers are steadily decreasing, but we still have a long way to go. This work is dedicated to all those who work hard in the fight to end puppy mills, to rescue suffering pets and to provide care and medical attention to all those rescued. It is dedicated to those companions who get rescued and for those whose rescue never comes.

We are all shepherds. Every living creature is in our care. Hopefully mankind will someday uphold his responsibility and become caretaker of all living things on earth. Maybe someday all humans will be humane and mankind will be kind.

The pictures of the rescued animals belong to people who are my friends on Facebook. Apparently, I keep great company when it comes to people who rescue and adopt animals who have been cast away. My own rescues are also in the photos. The published score will feature these beautiful rescues in full color.

- Program Note by composer

"For Those who rescue, Those who get rescued and especially for Those whose rescue never comes."

Commissioned by the Bednarcik, Plank, Murphy, Thompson and Traughber Junior High School Bands of School District #308, Oswego, Il, Rachel Maxwell, coordinator.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Kansas State University Concert Band (Zack Deininger, conductor) - 28 November 2023
  • Mid America Freedom Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 22 October 2023
  • Nampa (Id.) High School Concert Band (Marcellus Brown, guest conductor) - 9 May 2023
  • Corinth (Miss.) High School Symphonic Band (Ben Ratliff, conductor) - 1 April 2023 (MIA Concert Band Showcase)
  • Bullard (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Joseph Cargill, conductor) - 25 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • North Carolina (Raleigh) Band Masters Association Central District All-District Band - 28 January 2023
  • Traverse City West (Mich.) Senior High Wind Ensemble (Pat Brumbaugh, conductor) - 20 January 2023
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Drew Hardy-Moore, conductor) - 5 October 2022
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Invitational Honor Symphonic Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 26 March 2022
  • Frostburg (Md.) State University Wind Ensemble (Ashley Glenn, conductor) - 6 March 2022
  • University of Louisville (KY.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 21 February 2022
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Kara Metzger, conductor) - 6 December 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band B (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 22 April 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Hannah Morrison, conductor) - 29 March 2021
  • Columbus (Ohio) State Community College Concert Band (Thomas Lloyd, conductor) - 20 April 2020 (planned but not performed)
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Joe D. Moore, conductors) - 3 March 2020
  • University of North Georgia (Dahlonega) Symphonic Band (J. Ashley Jerrell, conductor) – 9 October 2019
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (James Patrick Miller, conductor) - 11 May 2019
  • Sturgis (Mich.) Wind Symphony (Scott Davidson, conductor) – 5 May 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Julie Giroux website Accessed 10 July 2021
  • McCann, Betsy. "Our Cast Aways." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 423-428. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • Perusal score