At Dawn They Slept

From Wind Repertory Project
Jay Bocook

Jay Bocook

Subtitle: (December 7, 1941)

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Concert Toms (3)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This musical remembrance pays tribute to fallen heroes of that fateful day at Pearl Harbor that launched our country into World War II. Opening with a peaceful, flowing woodwind melody, the day is heralded in by a lone bugler. Ominous undertones, powerful scoring, dissonant themes and bombastic percussion capture musically the chaos that followed. It's a powerful musical statement the concludes ultimately on an optimistic note that looks to a brighter future.

This work was premiered at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in April 2002.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Sun Coast Wind Ensemble (Punta Gorda, Fla.) (Lynn Cleary, conductor) – 7 December 2019
  • Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBon, conductor) - 27 October 2019
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Erin Meissner, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Grey Richardson, conductor) – 22 April 2018
  • University of Illinois, Springfield, Band (Abigail Walsh, conductor) – 18 November 2016
  • Whitney High School Symphonic Band – December 2015
  • Cobb Wind Symphony (Marietta, Ga.) (Alfred L. Watkins, conductor) – 20 December 2003 (2003 Midwest Clinic)

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  • Bocook J. (2002). At Dawn They Slept: (December 7, 1941) [score]. MusicWorks: Milwaukee, Wisc.