Zillion Nickels, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (large)
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Tom-toms I-II (tuned)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When you look out at the ocean, what does it resemble? This unique, driving composition paints that picture. The upper Atlantic beaches hold many stories, from beautifully scenic sunrises to the wrath of hurricane Sandy. Three high schools in Toms River, New Jersey, commissioned this musical depiction of their celebrated shore, from joy to turbulence. The heavy emphasis on percussion only adds to the exciting build and powerful ending.

- Program Note from publisher

The composer's father, Samuel John Hazo, once commented about the sea in general, “the waves glitter like a zillion nickels.” The younger Hazo decided to coin that term as the title for this piece, which depicts nostalgic feelings about “The Jersey Shore.” The piece also heavily features the percussion section as an ode to legendary drummer Steve Smith, of Journey fame.

Hazo writes,

The piece was shaping into a chronological mood piece about the shore with pre- and post-Hurricane [Sandy] sections. Most prevalent were the sound of swells symbolizing the progression and regression of the waves and tides in micro and macro lengths. There were peaceful sections and turbulent sections. But, of greatest importance were the sections representing hope that close the composition.

A Zillion Nickels was commissioned by Toms River (NJ) North, East, and South High Schools. (Myron Peterson)

- Program Note by Myron Peterson for University of Iowa University Band concert program, 11 April 2022


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Senior High B


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • St. Cloud (Minn.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Lumley, conductor) - 19 April 2022
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Myron Peterson, conductor) - 11 April 2022
  • Indiana Bandmasters Southeast All-District Band – 2021

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