Pirates of the Caribbean Symphonic Suite

From Wind Repertory Project
Klaus Badelt

Klaus Badelt (arr. John Wasson)

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Rain Stick (or large shaker, rolled)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom (or Snare Drum with snares off)
  • Whip (or Slapstick)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the blockbuster movie of 2003 comes a soundtrack filled with excitement, drama and power. John Wasson's excellent arrangement authentically recreates these marvelous themes for the mature concert band. The suite includes: The Medallion Calls, The Black Pearl, To the Pirates Cave, One Last Shot and He's a Pirate.

- Program Note from publisher

Although attributed to Klaus Badelt, the film score was the result of a combined effort by nine composers. Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt, Ramin Djawadi, James Dooley, Nick Glennie-Smith, Steve Jablonsky, Blake Neely, James McKee Smith, and Geoff Zanelli worked at a frantic pace to complete the music in three weeks' time. The reason behind the rush was that Alan Silvestri, who was to be the original composer, had a creative disagreement with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and walked out on the project. There have been critics’ charges that the score was plagiarized from other cues from other scores in the Remote Control Productions Library (Hans Zimmer’s group). If you listen carefully, you might be able to recognize some of the music as being from the film Gladiator. Unquestionably different from traditional pirate film scores, Pirates of the Caribbean romps in a minor key that is nevertheless heroic in emotion and intent.

- Program Note from Cypress Symphonic Band concert program, 25 September 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Valparaiso (Ind.) University Chamber Concert Band (Andria M. Kessler, conductor) - 11 February 2023
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Craig McKenzie, conductor) - 31 July 2022
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 29 August 2021
  • Coastal Communities Concert Band (San Diego, California) (Tom Cole, conductor) – 18 August 2019
  • Sequim (Wash.) City Band (Tyler Benedict, conductor) – 9 June 2019
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) - 5 May 2019
  • University of Leeds (England) Concert Band (Rachel Stalter, conductor) – 2 December 2018
  • Tremper High School (Kenosha, Wisc.) Symphonic Winds (Kathryn Ripley, conductor) - 16 May 2018
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 6 May 2018
  • Concordia University (Seward, Neb.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Schultz, conductor) – 17 October 2017
  • Cypress Symphonic Band (Houston, Tex.) (Clarence Weeks,conductor) – 25 September 2016
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor) - 17 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
  • Macungie Band (Bethlehem, Penn.) (Michael Moran, conductor) - 5 June 2015
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Raymond Handfield, conductor) - 26 October 2014
  • West City Concert Band (Auckland, N.Z.) (Tane McLeay, conductor) - November 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Badelt, K.; Wasson, J. (2003). Pirates of the Caribbean: (Symphonic Suite) [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee.
  • Klaus Badelt website Accessed 4 August 2020