Affirmation (Standridge)

From Wind Repertory Project
Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

Subtitle: (Peace, Love, and Music)

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Randall Standridge Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Hi-Hat
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Blocks (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Energy, excitement, and positivity are on full display here in this work inspired by the strength and perseverance of students and individuals who have been marginalized or pushed aside. Infused with a symphonic pop sensibility, this work alternates between infectious grooves and bold symphonic statements to create a captivating soundscape.

- Program Note from publisher

This one is for all the outcasts, the geeks, the marginalized, the wallflowers, and the people who are “different.”

Every once in a while, I believe you get to “say something” with a piece of music. When I was in high school, I was definitely NOT one of the popular crowd. My tastes in music, art, and movies were too weird. I was awkward. I was not a very attractive guy. Generally, I was that “gay, artsy kid.” If I could go back in time, I would give that younger me a hug and say “you are FINE the way you are. You are AMAZING.”

This new work, Affirmation, commissioned by the Barrington Middle School Band and their director, Mr. David Triplett-Rosa, is an anthem for all the kids who ever felt like they didn’t belong. It was originally scheduled to be premiered last year [2020], but was pushed to this spring. A huge thank you again to David and the band for letting me write this work and trusting me with its message.

It would have been easy to write something soft, lyrical, and saccharine, but I wanted to take a different approach … I wanted it to be a celebration. This is the single happiest thing I have ever written in my career. So this one goes out to the band geeks, the nerdy kids, the art kids, the drama kids, the punk rockers, the LGBTQA+ kids, the kids of color, and the all the people (kids and adults) who have ever been made to feel “less than” because of who they are.

You are beautiful.
You are JUST FINE the way you are.
And you are WORTH celebrating.
We all have more in common than we have different…our common humanity. Peace, Love, and Music.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Barrington Middle School Band students of Litha, Florida, and their director, David Triplett-Rosa.

- Program Note from score


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