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Points of Departure

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Roshanne Etezady

Roshanne Etezady

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($350.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $70.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe br /> English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (high and medium)
  • Cabasa
  • Castanets
  • Cowbell
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Police Whistle
  • Ratchet
  • Shakers
  • Steel Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Telephone
  • Timbales
  • Tom-toms (medium and low)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Whip
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Blocks (high and low)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Points of Departure is a 15-minute song cycle, performed without pause, that uses the theme of different modes of travel as a unifying factor through the voices of four different personae.

The first character is the travel agent. We catch the agent during a day at the office; the phone keeps ringing, and she has to deal with some rather difficult customers. In the second movement, we hear from a teenage girl who is about to take her driver’s license test. The third movement begins with an amateur pilot musing on famous female pilots who died tragically young, but achieved incredible goals at an early age. The final movement features a cruise ship entertainer. Working as a musician on a cruise ship seems like it would be a fun, glamorous job, until one thinks about the extreme working conditions. Singers can bank on singing several shows every night, rehearsing during the day, and living for weeks in close quarters with a roommate they may or may not enjoy. While their audiences are there to enjoy themselves, singers are hard at work, away from home for weeks or months at a time, basking in the spotlight when time allows.

Points of Departure was premiered by the West Point Band on March 12, 2010, at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division convention in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Chybowski, conductor) - 12 February 2022
  • University of North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor; Jennifer Ciobanu, soprano) - 26 February 2015
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 19 October 2014
  • University of Michigan Wind Symphony (Michael Haithcock, conductor; Chelsea Wilson, mezzo-soprano) - February 2012
  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band - 12 March 2020 (CBDNA 2010 Eastern Division Conference, West Chester, Penn.) *Premiere Performance*

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