Angel Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Walter Hartley

Walter Hartley

Subtitle: Suite after Old American Hymn Tunes

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


1. Rainbow (after a 1785 hymn-tune by Timothy Swan) - 1:35
2. Africa (after a 1770 hymn-tune by William Billings) - 2:25
3. Finale (after the hymn-tune "Angel Band" by William Bradbury (1816-1868)) - 1:45


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon I-II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet (optional)
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
  • 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
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion, including:
*Bass Drum
*Snare Drum
*Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Angel Band is a three-movement suite based on eighteenth and nineteenth century American hymn tunes: Timothy Swan's Rainbow (Movement 1), William Billings's Africa (Movement 2), and William Bradbury's Angel Band (Movement 3). These hymns are located in various editions of The Christian Harmony and The Sacred Harp, anthologies of American hymn music. Angel Band combines material borrowed from the three hymn tunes with the composer's own harmonic and melodic material.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hartley, W. (1999). Angel Band: Suite After Old American Hymn Tunes [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Texas.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 253-266.