Baron La Croix's Shuffle

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Donald Grantham

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General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($300.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $55.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Baron Le Croix's Shuffle is the third in a series of dance pieces based on characters drawn from voodoo lore; the previous two are Baron Cimetiere's Mambo and Baron Samedi's Sarabande (and Soft Shoe). The three barons are all members of the family Ghede, the loas (spirits) in charge of the intersection between the living and the dead. Despite this grim association, the barons have a lighter side. All three are notorious tricksters, with a marked fondness for brandy and tobacco. All dress alike, in black tailcoats and tall black hats, dark glasses with one lens missing, and carry canes and smoke cigars.

The music depicts both their dark and light sides. Textures are primarily transparent and ethereal, but the atmosphere of all three is a bit sinister, mordant and menacing.

- Program Note by composer

Baron Le Croix's Shuffle was commissioned by a consortium of high school ensembles and is dedicated to the directors and students from Grossmont Union High School District in la Mesa, CA.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Jay Rees, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Jacqueline Townsend, conductor) – 23 April 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Donald Grantham website Accessed 3 September 2017
  • Grantham, D. (2008). Baron La Croix's Shuffle: For Wind Ensemble [score]. Piquant Press: Austin, TX.
  • McCallum, Wendy. "Baron La Croix's Shuffle." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 496-504. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.