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Thomas Duffy

Thomas Duffy

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Subtitle: A "Precise" Prelude and an "Excellent" March

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III substitutes for Oboe)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Horn in F
Electric Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It's tough being a musician! While most of the academic world can make a mistake or two and still qualify for the coveted A+ grade, if that happened on the concert stage, there would be a stampede out the door! Thomas Duffy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the inherent unfairness in the life of a young musician, and gives the students "permission" to make a couple mistakes, while still qualifying for a top grade. The Prelude is precisely imprecise, with harmonic material floating around at the whims of the woodwinds. The processional-style March is at first heard in its most excellent form, then with the human element of error added on the repeat.

-Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class C


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  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 19 February 2023
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) - 24 April 2022
  • Southwest Minnesota Band Directors Association 6-8 Honor Band (Nolan Hauta, conductor) – 16 January 2016
  • Ely (Minn.) Junior High Band (Nolan Hauta, conductor) – 13 March 2012
  • Clay County Honors Band (David Plack, conductor) – 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Duffy, T. (1998). A+: A "Precise" Prelude and an "Excellent" March" [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee.