Savannah River Holiday

From Wind Repertory Project
Ron Nelson

Ron Nelson

General Info

Year: 1953 / 1973 / 1977
Duration: c. 8:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer Inc.
Cost: Parts Only - Rental   |   Score Only - $78.75


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Piano (or Celesta)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-Tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Savannah River Holiday was originally composed as an orchestral overture, and received its premiere over NBC Radio on 16 March 1953. After the success of his Rocky Point Holiday, Nelson transcribed the work for wind ensemble in 1973, where it has received most of its performances.

Savannah River Holiday consists of two contrasting moods that take turns alternating throughout the composition, representing the power and serenity of the Savannah River. The Allegro Vivace theme begins and ends the work with a flourish, while the Adagio provides a lovely, somber, reflective melody.

This is one of several works that Ron Nelson composed on a “holiday” theme, including Rocky Point Holiday, Aspen Jubilee, and Sonoran Desert Holiday.

The Savannah River forms most of the border between the states of South Carolina and Georgia, and is 350 miles long.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • New York: VI


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  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) - 17 September 2023
  • Southern Adventist University (Chattanooga, Tenn.) Wind Symphony (Ken Parsons, conductor) - 16 April 2023
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) - 11 September 2022
  • Mansfield Wind Symphony (Fort Worth, Tx.) (Brian Merrill, conductor) - 15 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) - 22 March 2021
  • Coastal Carolina University Wind Ensemble (Conway, S.C.) (Garrett Griffin, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (David M. Jacobs, conductor) – 12 March 2019
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • Savannah (Ga.) Wind Symphony (Mark Johnson, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 28 November 2017
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenson, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Gary Westbrook, conductor) – 9 October 2017
  • North Central High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Rick Granlund, conductor) - May 2017
  • Grand Street (New York) Community Band – 19 March 2017
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Youth Wind Symphony (Scott A. Stewart, conductor) – 17 May 2016
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 23 February 2016
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Leonard Slatkin, conductor) – 13 April 2008
  • Indiana (Carmel) Wind Symphony (Charles Conrad, conductor) - March 2006
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 24 February 2006 (CBDNA 2006 Southern Division Conference, Nashville, Tenn.)

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