Anthem for Winds and Percussion

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

General Info

Year: 1978
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

With over one hundred compositions to his name, Claude T. Smith was among the most prolific wind composers of his time.  His works contributed greatly to the development of scholastic bands throughout the United States due to his commitment to writing engaging and significant parts for each member of the ensemble.  Written in 1978, Anthem for Winds and Percussion is a prime example of Smith’s compositional approach with its accessible tonal language, tuneful melody, and metric variations.  Over the course of the piece the opening theme (“anthem”) is eventually played by every wind section in the band, and utilizes a wide variety of time signatures. Smith’s orchestration and formal choices in this piece provide a classic example of accessible wind band writing of the time.

- Program Note by Christopher M. Nelson'

Master composer Claude T. Smith graced the band world with many wonderful pieces, and this classic continues to be one of his most performed works. The opening theme sparkles with rhythmic vitality and harmonic devices that still sound fresh today. The contrasting Andante segment is lush and tender before returning to the fast main theme.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Arkansas: II
  • Georgia: III
  • Kansas: III
  • Maryland: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Minnesota: III
  • Mississippi: IV-A
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: II-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) University Concert Band (Ruben Dario Gomez, conductor) - 1 March 2023
  • University of Central Arkansas (Conway) University Band (Noah Mellick, conductor) - 26 April 2022
  • University of Portland (Ore.) Wind Symphony (Patrick Murphy, conductor) - 19 February 2022
  • University of Northern Colorado (Greeley) Concert Band (Kiersten Jonkman, conductor) - 30 November 2021
  • Millersville (Penn.) University Concert Band (Steve Goss, conductor) - 15 November 2020
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Valerie Nuzzolo, conductor) – 8 October 2015
  • Charleston County (S.C.) School of the Arts Middle School Wind Ensemble (Suzanne K. Reed, conductor) - 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Schuman, Jr., Mohamad S. "Anthem for Winds and Percussion." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 191-199. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 276. Print.
  • Smith, C. (1978). Anthem for Winds and Percussion [score]. Jenson Publications: [New Berlin, Wisc.?]