Across the Halfpipe

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Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

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Subtitle: Movement Three of Minnesota Portraits

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba/String Bass
Percussion I-VI

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Across the Halfpipe is the third movement of a suite titled Minnesota Portraits, which was originally a two-movement piece named Two Winter Songs. Shortly after completing the second movement, Rest, I received a note from the commissioner of the piece who expressed how much he would like to add a contrasting third movement. He went on to say that many of his students snowboard and they asked if there could be a movement about snowboarding. This sounded like it would be a blast to write, so I based this movement on the aerial tricks snowboarders do each time they cross the halfpipe. Their performances build as they gain momentum the further down the pipe they go, so I tried to structure the overall build and excitement in Across the Halfpipe the same way.

- Program Note by composer

Enjoy a jubilant celebration of sounds and rhythms in this refreshing work that musically explores the exhilaration of snowboarding or skateboarding on the "halfpipe." An energetic percussion fabric combined with twisting and turning patterns of melodies and riffs are used in this challenging and appealing offering for the mature concert band.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Edina High School Band, Edina, Minn., William Webb, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band A
  • Tennessee: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Libertyville (Ill.) High School Wind Ensemble (Andrew Tripoli, conductor) - 16 November 2023
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) - 6 December 2022
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) - 6 October 2021
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Grey Richardson, conductor) – 22 April 2018
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 6 September 2017
  • University of Minnesota Duluth Concert Band - 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Hazo, S. (2008). Across the Halfpipe : (3rd Movement from "Minnesota Portraits")
  • Samuel R Hazo website Accessed 13 September 2017