Twelve Gallon Hat, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When looking at the lineup for the Klavier/Naxos recording in January 2014, I realized there was a need for music of a lighter nature and composed The Twelve Gallon Hat. The original title was The Nine and a Half Gallon Hat. However, following the first reading session, the musicians who sightread the piece all agreed that it was at least 12 gallons in size, so that is the title.

Fond of Western television and film music like Bonanza, Silverado, City Slickers, The Magnificent Seven and many, many others, I decided to compose a work as a tribute to my favorites. It is a wild ride to be certain, with double tonguing faster than any 6-shooter and woodwind runs flying across the page like tumbleweed. Tie yourself into the saddle and hang on for this fast and furious romp across the wild, wild, wild West!

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Pensacola Civic Band in honor of Mr. Don Snowden’s Twenty-fifth Season as Conductor

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA


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