Seconds Out

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The term "seconds out" is often misunderstood. As a historical reference, it is used in the sport of boxing just before the boxers are about to begin to fight. It is an order, by the referee, that all coaches, trainers, etc. leave the ring. In other words, helpers (or seconds) must be out. At this point, it is all up to the fighters to rise to the challenge alone.

When I was asked to write a piece for Canonsburg Middle School, the oldest of my own children was in middle school. That really helped to shape the meaning behind this piece. Middle school is the last true opportunity for parents to be parents. By the time students are in high school, much of the "parenting" has been done and the basic life-lessons taught up to that point need to be understood. The emphasis parents have placed on work habits, helping others, decisions of conscience, etc. are either present, or they are not. Once high school hits, it is time for the youth to show what they can do alone, relying on how they have been prepared. It is literally "seconds out." This piece provides a musical description of the challenges and victories of adolescent life.

Seconds Out was commissioned by the Canonsburg Middle School Band of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania; Mr. Paul Rush, Conductor.

-Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Alabama: AL Band Class C
  • North Carolina: III
  • West Virginia: II


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