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Andrew Blair

Andrew Blair

Subtitle: For Wind Ensemble, Minus Brass

The preferred capitalization of the title is (anti)-FANFARE.

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Concert Toms (4)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Kick Drum
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine (mounted)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The inspiration for (anti-)FANFARE came during a lesson with Cynthia Johnston Turner where we were studying works for winds and percussion with atypical instrumentation. At the end of the lesson, we concluded that there was a gap in the repertoire for a short, exciting concert opener for woodwinds and percussion. I was particularly inspired by her “commission” that day: “You should write one, you know, an anti-fanfare.”

(anti-)Fanfare opens with a typical fanfare motive, but listeners will notice that the similarities end there. The piece employs the full complement of the woodwind and percussion sections (plus piano) in contrast to centuries of brass/orchestral fanfares. The typical stately cadence has been replaced by a quick ¾ meter, with the language of the piece inspired by the composer’s forays into contemporary jazz fusion and electronica. All of this, while giving the brass a well-deserved break.

The piece was premiered by the University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Ensemble in January 2020, with the composer conducting.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Tyler (Tx.) Junior College Wind Ensemble (Eddie W. Airheart, conductor) - 14 April 2022
  • Wando High School (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) Symphonic Band (Bobby Lambert, conductor) – 24 February 2022 (CBDNA 2022 Southern Conference, Columbia, S.C.)
  • Fairfax Wind Symphony (Springfield, Va.) (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band Chamber Winds (Daniel Johnson, conductor) - 5 November 2021
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel Pagán, conductor; Daniel Lee, piano) - 9 May 2021
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) - 28 April 2021
  • Lamar University (Beaumont, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 26 April 2021
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony C. Marinello II, conductor) - 24 April 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Hannah Morrison, conductor) - 8 March 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jacob Wallace, conductor) - 15 February 2021
  • South Dakota State University (Brookings) Wind Symphony (Jacob Wallace, conductor) - 12 February 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (David Plack, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Andrew Blair, conductor) – 17 January 2020 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Andrew Blair, personal correspondence, January 2020