Steps Ahead

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Gandolfi

Michael Gandolfi

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: II -1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: American Composers Forum
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Steps Ahead is a BandQuest work by Michael Gandolfi that takes young players on a journey! Along the way, there are musical techniques that are intended to educate the performers about basic compositional tools.

Steps Ahead is a delightful piece with something interesting for every instrument in the ensemble. Each of its three sections addresses a kind of compositional technique – transposition, tutti (a 2-part homophonic section) and developing tutti (parts of the band enter to build to a 2-part homophonic tutti). Less experienced players might enjoy the challenges of easy syncopation and musical lines constructed with larger intervals.

- Program Note by Tom Duffy

Commissioned by the American Composers Forum. To Laura Bouix and the Roland Hayes School of Music Band.

- Program Note from score

When composing the work, which was originally title Walking Music, Gandolfi imagined someone taking a walk and stumbling upon admirable landscapes. To achieve this effect, the piece is through-composed and contains subtitles that narrate the journey: Promenade/Turn the Corner (transposition); First Destination (tutti); Onward… (Promenade); Second Destination (developing tutti), and Arrival.

The composition alternates between connected and flowing versus shorter and separated thematic sections, while also balancing chamber and tutti orchestration.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Michael Gandolfi website Accessed 1 June 2021
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, J. Nick. "Steps Ahead." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 289-294. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.