Wrong Note Rag

From Wind Repertory Project
Composer Name

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Ted Ricketts)

Subtitle: From Wonderful Town

General Info

Year: 1953 / 2005
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This entertaining and witty production number is from the Broadway show Wonderful Town. As the title implies, this "rag" encounters some curious melodic entanglements as well as unexpected rhythmic entanglements.

- Program Note from publisher

Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City on February 23, 1953, swiftly winning a Tony award for Best Musical. The whimsical and quirky The Wrong Note Rag superbly captures the lighter side of this award-winning musical gem.

- Program Note from Concord Band concert program, 23 October 2010


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (David Rackley, conductor) – 25 September 2022
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Sharon Jeskey, conductor) - 27 March 2022
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • Little Rock (Ark.) Wind Symphony (Israel Getzov, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • Marion (Mass.) Concert Band (Tobias Monte, conductor) - 24 August 2018
  • Piedmont Wind Symphony (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (Matthew Troy, conductor) - 1 June 2018
  • Quad City Wind Ensemble (Davenport, Iowa) (Brian Hughes, conductor) - 12 May 2018
  • Northwest Missouri State University Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 12 April 2018
  • Baldwin Pops Band (Fairhope, Ala.) (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 1 October 2017
  • Concord (Mass.) Band (James O'Dell, conductor) – 23 October 2010
  • The Oregon Symphonic Band (Hillsboro) (Michael Burch-Pesses, conductor) – 22 December 2006 (2006 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Cool (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Murtha) (1957/2018)
  • West Side Story (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Sweeney) (1957/2015)

All Wind Works


  • Bernstein, L.; Comden, B.; Green, A.; Ricketts, T. (2005). The Wrong Note Rag: From Wonderful Town [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.