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Sempre Avanti (Ever Forward)

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Glockenspiel (Orchestral Bells)
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sempre Avanti, whose title translates as “Ever Forward”, was written for the Bloomfield Youth Band and premiered by that ensemble on June 17, 2005. “Sempre avanti” was the motto of Tony Marcopoto, a longtime supporter and fan of the Bloomfield Youth Band and a retired New Jersey Music Educator who taught at Newark’s Arts High School for nearly 40 years. Well into his eighties, he practiced his clarinet for an hour each day. Two years before he passed away, he suffered a stroke which paralyzed the entire right side of his face. Despite this unfortunate setback, Tony never gave up and, to everyone’s amazement, found a way to not only play the clarinet, but to once again resume his normal routine of an hour of practice each day. Tony’s “ever forward” spirit was remarkable and serves as a terrific example for everyone.

-Program Note by Composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Recent Performances

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  • All-Harford County High School Honor Band (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 5 February 2011
  • Allegheny Vally High School honor Band (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 1 February 2011
  • Bloomfield Youth Band (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 12 and 13 June 2010
  • Bloomfield Youth Band (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 20 March 2010
  • Bel Air Community Band (C. Scott Sharnetzka, conductor) - 7 May 2006
  • Bel Air Community Band (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 5 May 2006

Works for Winds by this Composer

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