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Toccata for Band (Erickson)

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Frank Erickson

Frank Erickson

General Info

Year: 1957
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bourne Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.75   |   Score Only - $12.75


Full Score
Clarinet in Bb I-II-III
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone (optional Alto Clarinet)
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet in Bb I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Frank Erickson's Toccata for Band has been extremely popular among high school and college bands ever since it was first published. Essentially two ideas are expressed in the Allegro non troppo and Andante con moto sections. The first, featuring the trumpets and clarinets, is quick and rhythmic; the second, featuring a horn solo, is slow and lyrical.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Massachusetts: I
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Michigan: Junior High AA
  • Minnesota: III
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band B
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Oregon: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

Baldwin-Wallace University (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 28 February 2020

  • Friends University (Wichita, Kan.) Concert Band (Shawn M. Knopp, conductor) - 10 February 2020
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Courtney Farwell, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Turlock (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Daniel Baudino, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Nicholas Waldron, conductor) – 25 March 2019
  • Carlisle High School Band (Price, Tx.) (Christopher Clifton, conductor) - 15 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Eric Wiltshire, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 30 May 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Sara Devine, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Concert Band (Will Sugg, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsbrg, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) – 24 April 2017
  • Hanford (Calif.) High School Concert Band (Janet Levine, conductor) - 24 March 2017 (2017 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Concert Band (Jonathan Poquette, conductor) – 15 February 2017
  • Wheaton North High School Concert Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 3 March 2016
  • Cary Town Band (Cary, N.C.) (Joan Fleming, conductor) - 24 October 2014
  • Texas Tech University Concert Band - October 17, 2013
  • Pepperdine University Wind Ensemble (Tony Cason, conductor) - 17 October 2013
  • Woodside Village (Calif.) Band (Richard Gordon, conductor) - 8 June 2013
  • Eldred Central School (Eldred, N.Y.) Senior High Concert Band (Brian D. Nivison, conductor) - 16 May 2013

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • A Conductor's Outline by David Goza
  • Erickson, Frank. “Air for Band and Toccata for Band.” BD Guide 6/3 (January-February 1992): 27ff. Reprinted in Performance Study Guides of Essential Works for Band, edited by Kenneth L. Neidig. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications, 2009. pp. 68–72.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 389-394.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 196.