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Adam Gorb

Adam Gorb

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts - £65.00   |   Score Only - £19.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tenor Tuba
Bass Tuba
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Side Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Tubular Bells
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


This error appears in the part, not the score.

  • Alto Saxophone I-II: The third bar of 10 through the first bar of 12, a total of 16 bars, is printed twice.

Program Notes

In this six-minute curtain raiser, my inspiration has come from the great days of the American musical comedy. I have tried to express in a brief sonata form movement the exhilaration of “getting away from it all” for a few short hours on a festive bank holiday.

Musically the piece is a homage to the great days of the Broadway musical with its irresistible brashness and irrepressible high spirits. If you can envisage George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and James Bond traveling together at 100 miles per hour in a open-top sports car, I think you’ll get the idea.

- Program Note by Adam Gorb

Commissioned by the Royal Northern College of Music, premiered at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (1996) conducted by Timothy Reynish, Awayday remains to be one of the composer’s most popular works.

- Program Note from Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra concert program, 17 December 2016

To Timothy Reynish and the RNCM Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Louisiana: V
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band AA
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Spittal) – 5 May 2019
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, N.C.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 5 February 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 1 February 2019
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Marsit, conductor) – 20 October 2018
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 23 September 2018
  • Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) Concert Band (Alicia Neal, conductor) - 21 September 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Peterson, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Colburn, conductor) – 25 February 2018
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 4 February 2018
  • Brock University (St. Catharines, Ont.) Wind Ensemble (Zoltan Kalman, conductor) – 6 December 2017
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 9 October 2017
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 21 May 2017 
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Jennifer Olis, conductor) – 21 April 2017
  • Tokyo (Japan) Geidai Wind Orchestra (Masaharu Yamamoto, conductor) - 17 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 17 February 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Gorb, A. (1996). Awayday : (1996) [score]. Maecenas Music : Kenley, Surrey.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 632-638.