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Ash (flex)

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Jennifer Jolley (photo: Tina Gutierrez)

Jennifer Jolley (arr. Patrick Dunnigan)

General Info

Year: 2018 / 2020
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jennifer Jolley
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion I-II, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I never saw snowfall as a child growing up in Southern California; it was more a phenomenon that I saw in cartoons or read in children’s books.

I did, however, witness my first ash-fall when I was in elementary school. I looked up into the clouded sky and saw specks of ash falling from it. Excited but puzzled, I looked to my elementary school teacher during recess and held out my hand. “Oh, that’s ash from the wildfires,” she said. At that time, I couldn’t comprehend how an enormous forest fire could create a small flurry of ash-flakes.

Now I have the ominous understanding that something so magical and beautiful comes from something so powerful and destructive.

- Program Note by composer

Dedicated to the Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band, Erik Leung, Director.

- Program Note from score

Performance Notes

This version of Ash is playable with as few as five players, one per part. When assigning parts, trive to achieve a balance across the ensemble for proper musical effect.

(Further extended program notes appear in the score.)


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • La Sierra University (Riverside, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Ricardo Reyna, conductor) – 15 May 2022
  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Stuart Sims, conductor) - 7 December 2021
  • Shenandoah University (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Keith Taylor, director) - 29 April 2021
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Wind Ensemble (Michael Griffith, conductor) - 13 April 2021
  • University of Colorado Boulder Campus Band (Zach Cheever, conductor) - 14 April 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 13 April 2021
  • Abilene (Tx.) Christian University Wind Ensemble (Steven Ward, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 4 March 2021
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band 1 (Joel Davidson, conductor) - 24 February 2021
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Livingston Band (Anthony C. Marinello, conductor) - 24 February 2021

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