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Willow Echoes

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Frank Simon

Frank Simon

General Info

Year: 1920
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: IV (solo); III (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fillmore Music House
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Solo Cornet Score
D-flat Piccolo
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Solo Euphonium or Trombone
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As successfully featured by the composer, with the Sousa band.

- Program Note from cover

To my friend August H. Schaefer.

- Program Note from score

Willow Echoes was Frank Simon's tour-de-force, a solo he performed many times with the Sousa Band. It is speculated that the title reflects fond memories of many rehearsals and concerts at Willow Grove Park, home of the Sousa Band. It is one of the most elegant works in the cornet solo repertory.

- Program Note from

Frank Simon wrote his most famous solo, Willow Echoes , while he was serving as assistant to Herbert L Clarke with Sousa’s Band. It is dedicated to August H. Schaefer, who was a cornet soloist with many bands, and played trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Schaefer and Simon played together in both Weber’s Band and the Cincinnati Symphony.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Cedar City (Utah) Community Band (Steve Shirts, conductor) - 6 April 2021
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor; Jonas Rodriguez, trumpet) – 29 September 2019
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Montville, N.J.) (Matthew Paterno, conductor; Michael R. Baker, trumpet) – 10 February 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor; George Vosburgh, cornet) – 6 October 2018
  • Greenville (S.C.) Concert Band (Darryl Jachens, conductor; Geoff Gallante, cornet) - 3 May 2013

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