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Third Suite (Jager)

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Robert Jager

Robert Jager

General Info

Year: 1967
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $87.00; (digital) - $87.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00; (digital) - $15.00


1. March – 2:20
2. Waltz – 3:10
3. Rondo – 2:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Xylophone


2nd Movement: Letter F - bassoon & baritone saxophone have an accent on beat 3 that is not replicated in the tuba, bass clarinet, or baritone part in the score.

Program Notes

The Third Suite was written for Mr. Leo Imperial, director of the Granby High School Band of Norfolk, Virginia, and dedicated to him and his very fine organization. The suite received its first performance by them in December 1965 from manuscript.

- Program note from score

The first movement is a march which is altered rhythmically by the use of alternating meter signatures. The second movement is a waltz which continues the meter alteration idea and features oboe, flute, bassoon, and brass sections. The Rondo is full of fun and bright tunes which are developed near the end followed by a quick coda stating the main theme once again.

- Notes from Program Notes for Band

Each movement depicts a quirky, slightly distorted, and cheerful melody that is developed throughout the movement. The first movement, March, makes use of the different colors within the band, while distorting the steady sense of time normally associated with a march. The second movement, Waltz, again distorts the sense of time within the dance, interspersing light and bright colors within the band's boisterous interjections. The final movement, Rondo, develops the entire movement based on the first five chords played in the introduction. The Rondo is upbeat, playful, and energetic.

- program Note from Illinois State University Symphonic Band concert program, 5 October 2017

Commercial Discography

Media Links

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • California: V Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, IV-A
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band C
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band (Farmington) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 29 March 2020
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (Daniel J. Farris, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Dave McKee & Chad Reep, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Paul, conductor) – 29 February 2020
  • Salem Band (Winston Salem, N.C.) (Eileen Young, conductor) – 4 February 2020
  • Kings County Concert Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Martin Luther College (New Ulm, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Bill Wang, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Symphonic Band (Dennis Hawkins, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony II (Kyle Rieger, conductor) – 29 April 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Matt Thomas, conductor) – 4 April 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Herbert Payung, conductor) – 4 December 2018
  • Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 19 October 2018
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • Central Davidson (N.C.) High School Wind Ensemble (Rodney Workman, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Michael Ryan, conductor) – 22 July 2018
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Patricia Vanegas, conductor) – 19 July 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University University Band (Trey Harris, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • Columbia University (New York, N.Y.) Festival of Bands Honor Band (Randall Coleman, conductor) – 4 March 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Jager, R. (1967). Third Suite. [score]. Volkwein Bros. : [s.l.]
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 325