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Bounce (Ge)

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Bobby Ge

Bobby Ge

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Minor Third Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Wood Blocks (5)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I remember being utterly baffled the first time I saw a marching band/color guard perform (though ‘perform’ is an altogether inadequate word for the kaleidoscopic spectacle they put on). I had the impression of being surrounded and clobbered into submission with clubs of blazing brass fortissississimi as machine gun snares tore holes in the air over sweeping marimba slashes -- here a snatch of John Williams, there a Taylor Swift chorus, then the piercing shriek of ten piccolos ripping a high C while bass drums (plural!) split the earth itself apart. Every passage was huge, every tutti thunderous, every percussion break exhilarating. It was like Hannibal leading an army of elephants over the Alps -- the kind of display designed to strike fear into the hearts of whichever foolhardy football rival dared set foot on their territory.

With Bounce, I wanted to capture just a mite of that dazzling bravura in concert. The piece shares its title and main motifs with a Pierrot piece I wrote as a younger composer, though it is far from a mere arrangement (only 20 bars from the original are directly transcribed). Instead, Bounce reimagines the original’s wild virtuosity and gleeful polyrhythmic pyrotechnics as a band showpiece, using its driving rhythms, rapid-fire sequential modulations, and whirling melodies to propel it to drum corps heights.

- Program Note by composer


  • Red Note Composition Competition, 2020 runner-up
  • Dartmouth Wind Ensemble Composition Competition, 2020, finalist


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bobby Ge, personal correspondence, September 2020
  • Bobby Ge website Accessed 6 September 2020