Wizard of Oz, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg (arr. James Barnes)

Subtitle: An Overture on Themes from the MGM Classic Motion Picture

General Info

Year: 1939 / 1995
Duration: 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Nightingale Call
  • Police Whistle
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Siren
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This motion picture medley compares with the best of the grand show medleys ... arrangements that are more than just stringing together tunes. James Barnes uses brilliant transitions, rich counterpoint, development, and the full range of the concert band to create a truly fabulous piece of entertainment! Oh, and wait'll you hear the tuba solo on If I Only Had A Brain!

- Program Note from publisher

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy adventure film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), and the most well-known and commercial adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Notable for its use of Technicolor filming technology, fantasy storytelling, musical score, and unusual characters, over the years it has become one of the best known of all films and part of American popular culture. It also featured what may be the most elaborate use of special effects in a film up to that time.

The musical numbers and songs of The Wizard of Oz remain among the most notable and memorable songs of all time in American musical film/theater. This compilation includes In the Merry Old Land of Oz, Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, We're Off to See the Wizard, If I Only Had a Brain, and the Academy Award winning Somewhere over the Rainbow.

- Program Note by Gold Coast Wind Ensemble


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Sam Johnson, conductor) – 4 March 2023
  • Millersville (Penn.) University Concert Band (Christy Banks, conductor) - 24 April 2022
  • San Antonio (Tx.) Community Wind Ensemble (Albert Aguilar, conductor) - 19 December 2021
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Sharon Toulouse, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Shaun R. Popp, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) University Band (Emily Talley, conductor) – 29 October 2019
  • Illinois Valley Community College (Oglesby, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Phil Whaley, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Mid America Freedom Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • Kings Park Concert Band (Dumfries, Va.) (Richard Bergman, conductor) – 24 March 2018
  • Triton College Community Band (River Grove, Ill.) (Dana Legg, conductor) – 5 March 2018
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 6 September 2017
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michael Colburn, conductor) - 30 June 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band (Harvey Bernstein, conductor) – 4 July 2016
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Beckett, conductor) - 2 March 2016
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 28 February 2016

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