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Blue Ridge Saga

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James Swearingen

James Swearingen

General Info

Year: 1990
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A folksetting composition that reflects on the beauty and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Blue Ridge Saga was commissioned by the band directors of the Northwestern District Bandmasters Association and dedicated to the 1989-1990 All District Junior High School Band, Morganton, North Carolina.

Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Cape Fear (N.C.) High School Concert Band (Michael Williams, conductor) - 10 March 2017
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Nicholas Waldron, conductor) – 25 March 2019
  • Three Oaks Senior High School (Summerside, PEI) Grade 10 Symphonic Band (Krista Bryson, conductor) - 7 December 2017
  • Three Oaks Senior High School (Summerside, PEI) Grade 10 Symphonic Band (Natalie Hardy, conductor) - 7 December 2015 + Various years beforehand

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Swearingen, J. (1990). Blue Ridge Saga [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.