Speed of Heat, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $130.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-alto Clarinet
Contrabass 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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Clave
  • Congas
  • Crotales
  • Egg Shaker
  • Finger Cymbal Tree
  • Gong
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Speed of Heat premiered in 2010 and was commissioned by Col. Larry H. Lang during his tenure as commander of the United States Air Force Academy Band in Colorado. Ms. Giroux writes, The Speed of Heat is a musical depiction of the adventures of a fighter pilot, specifically an F-22 Raptor pilot. Rambunctious and daredevilish in nature, this work takes the listener through a series of events which are all based on fighter pilot "slang". Even the title is pilot slang for Warp One, or very, very fast. The opening is "The F-22 Raptor" itself and from there we go on an adventure in musical sections as follows:

  • Meas. 39 - "Fangs Out" - When a pilot is hot for a dogfight.
  • Meas. 52 - "Let's Dance" - Targets are sighted and we are in active pursuit.
  • Meas. 115 - "Padlocked" & "Beaded Up" - "Padlocked" - To have a Bogey firmly in your sights. "Beaded Up" - Worried or excited
  • Meas. 148 - "Heater Shpanked" & "Flashbacks" - "Heater" is a heat-seeking missile. "Shpanked" is soundly getting defeated in a dogfight. "Flashbacks" is the musical description of the pilot seeing his life flash in front of him in slow motion.
  • Meas. 168 - "NFOD" & "Punch Out" - "NFOD" - No Fear Of Death. "Punch Out" - eject.
  • Meas. 211 - Back in a "Zoombag" - After a near death experience, the pilot gets back into his "flight suit."
  • Meas. 229 - "The Speed of Heat" - Let's just see how fast we can go.
  • Meas. 294 - "Breaking the Sound Barrier" - in this section the brass represent the sound barrier and the woodwinds depict the Raptor.
  • Meas. 304 to the end - "GAP" - Gauges all pinged (at max).

- Program notes by Technical Sgts. David Balandrin and Ricky Parrell.


State Ratings

Texas: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Amy Woody, conductor) – 28 September 2023
  • University Wind Ensemble of Boston College (Seb Bonaiuto, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Orange County Wind Symphony (Anaheim, Calif.) (Anthony Mazzaferro, conductor) - 23 November 2014
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Larry H. Lang, conductor – 19 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

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