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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

Subtitle: For Symphonic Winds and Percussion

The title of this work is intentionally written in all caps: BASH

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $465.00 | Score Only (print) - $125.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-I-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Castanets (mounted)
  • China Cymbals (medium large)
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals (large)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gourd Shekere (or large Maracas)
  • Log Drums (2)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum (small)
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal (2: medium large and large)
  • Tam-tam (large)
  • Timbales (2)
  • Tom-toms (3)
  • Triangle (medium)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block (large)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bash was composed in 2021 as a kind of birthday celebration, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Thousands of musicians of every age attend the Clinic every year in Chicago to celebrate music, attend concerts, see old friends, and meet new ones. The 74th annual meeting was forced online by the COVID-19 pandemic, making attendees even more passionate about attending the 75th to once again enrich their souls through live music-making face-to-face gatherings. In short, the 75th is/was a huge party.

In keeping with this festive occasion, Bash unfolds as a euphoric romp. It begins as a series of exuberant dances. The section that follows is decidedly more raucous, driven by unrelenting ostinatos and growling solos as the music builds in intensity, suddenly exploding in a powerful burst of sound. The second half begins in sharp contrast to the first, playfully bouncing quiet little fragments from one player to another, and slowly evolving into a return of the opening dance. The coda is as exultant as it is triumphant.

Bash was commissioned by the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in celebration of their 7th anniversary meeting. It was premiered by the Dallas Winds at the 75th conference in Chicago on December 17, 2021, with the composer as guest conductor.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Richard Crain, president, in celebration of their 75th anniversary.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby Francis, conductor) - 7 February 2022
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Frank Ticheli, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic) *Premiere Performance*
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Frank Ticheli, conductor) – 16 November 2021

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