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As If On Wings

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Tracy Behrman

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $68.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
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 Trumpet I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

An energetic debut concert piece by a talented new composer that is certain to be included on many contest lists. Features a plethora of percussion parts and includes short solos for F Horn and Trumpet (both cued) plus several dynamic solo spots for timpani.

As If on Wings is dedicated to the Wauseon, Ohio High School Band senior class of 2000, and my wife, Karla; In Memory of Herbert Spencer, former professor of horn, Bowling Green State University.

-Program Note from Publishers Web-site

Nearly everyone has had a great teacher who has inspired him or her to set goals and reach toward the heavens. Hebert Spencer, former professor of horn at Bowling Green State University Ohio, was a superior musician and a gifted instructor who always encouraged me to arrange music for horn ensemble, jazz band, and marching band. Ideas for this piece had been stored in my computer for over a year and a half. Two major events occurred in my life in the year 2000 to motivate me to finish “As if on Wings.” My son was graduating high school and my favorite college professor, Herb, was losing his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

While searching for a song title, I hoped to find something that referred to all of Herb’s students who ventured out as teachers and inspired their young students as he did. In addition, I wanted to wish my son and my senior band members good luck as they left their cozy high school nest and soared off into the new millennium. After many weeks of searching, I looked up “soar” in the dictionary and found this definition: “to fly upward or as if on wings.

-Program notes from the inside cover of the score


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


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