Suite Louisiane

From Wind Repertory Project
James Syler

James Syler

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 11:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $175.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


1. Isabeau S’y Promene (French Canadian folk song)
2. Michieu Banjo (Afro-Creole folk song)
3. Aux Natchitoches (Creole-Cajun ballad)
4. Now Shall My Inward Joys Arise (Shape note hymn)
5. Eunice Two-Step (Cajun accordion tune)


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (I doubling Soprano Saxophone)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (I doubling Flugelhorn)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Ankle Bells
  • Bass Drums (large and medium)
  • Cabasa
  • Conga
  • Egg Shaker
  • Guiros (wooden and metal)
  • Log Drum (or Slit Drum)
  • Marimba
  • Metal Bell (high)
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Shakers (big, Shekere if possible)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Suite Louisiane is a five-movement setting of Louisiana folk songs. Louisiana is uniquely rich in vernacular music. My goal was to display that richness in a symphonic suite that entertains and educates. The five songs I selected each have unique histories and rich musical characteristics that I was able to amplify and expand upon.

The College Band Directors National Association of Louisiana commissioned this new work to be premiered in January 2019 by the Louisiana Intercollegiate Honor Band.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Brunner, conductor) - 29 April 2023
  • University of Louisiana Monroe Wind Ensemble (Derle R. Long, conductor) - 11 October 2022
  • Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, La.) Wind Ensemble (Jason Ladd, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Wind Symphony (Tamey Anglley, conductor) – 15 October 2019
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) Wind Symphony (Derek Stoughton, conductor) – 30 September 2019
  • Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, La.) Wind Symphony (Dan McDonald, conductor) - 11 April 2019
  • University of Louisiana Monroe Wind Ensemble (Derle R. Long, conductor) – 10 April 2019
  • Louisiana Intercollegiate Honor Band ( Carolyn Beatty, conductor) – 19 January 2019 *Premiere Performance*

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