Under the Boardwalk

From Wind Repertory Project
Kenny Young
Arthur Resnick

Kenny Young and Artie Resnick (arr. Stefan Schwalgin)

Subtitle: As performed by The Drifters

General Info

Year: 1964 / 2019
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Pop Song
Publisher: Rundel
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €70.00


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

  • Bongos
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Summer, sun and beach -- this carefree attitude to life was expressed in 1964 by the black vocal group The Drifters with their song Under the Boardwalk. Latin-American inspired rhythms at a moderate tempo give the song a sunny, relaxed holiday atmosphere, which is also mentioned in the vocal text. A prominent Caribbean percussion element, a guiro, resounds in the background.

Stefan Schwalgin has conceived his arrangement as a solo for flugelhorn and wind band. The range for the soloist is almost as comfortable as lying on the beach. A clever feature of the arrangement is that the brass section initially pantomimes the sound of a guiro (which actually comes from the drum register) with their palms. A small interlude “Mexican” orchestral trumpet in parallel thirds completes the slightly exotic flair of the whole.

- Program Note from publisher

Under the Boardwalk is a pop song written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick and recorded by The Drifters in 1964. It charted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 22, 1964. The song has since been covered by many other artists, with versions by Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Sam & Dave, the Tom Tom Club, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joe Royal, Bruce Willis, Bad Boys Blue, John Mellencamp and Lynn Anderson all charting in the United States or overseas. The song ranked #489 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The lyric describes a tryst between a man and his beloved in a seaside town, who plan to privately meet "out of the sun" and out of sight from everyone else under a boardwalk.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • T.C. Roberson High School (Ashville, N.C.) Concert Band (James Kirkpatrick, conductor; Max Kappalman, Flugelhorn) - 12 May 2021

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