Celebration Overture, A (Broughton)

From Wind Repertory Project
Bruce Broughton

Bruce Broughton

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $11.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Marimba
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This thrilling "tour-de-force" concert opener is really an extended fanfare, opening with an energetic brass and percussion motif that forms the basis for the piece. A contrasting lyrical section appears in brief after the opening statement and once again before the final push to the end.

Broughton created the work for Dr. Thomas G. Leslie and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Wind Orchestra.

- Program Note from publisher

The composer notes, " A Celebration Overture ... begins with a distinctive fanfare motif from the trumpets, horns and percussion, followed by the remainder of the brass and finally the full ensemble. The opening motif forms the basis of the piece that follows, albeit in several variations. A contrasting lyrical section appears shortly after the opening statement and once again before the final push to the end. The general feeling of the piece is exuberant and ... well, celebratory!”

- Program Note from Miami University Wind Ensemble concert program, 23 February 2018


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) - 27 February 2024
  • University of Louisiana Lafayette Wind Ensemble (William J. Hochkeppel, conductor) - 18 October 2023
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Tx.) Wind Symphony (Matthew Garrett, conductor) - 20 April 2023
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) - 25 August 2022
  • California State University Fresno Wind Orchestra (Gary Gilroy, conductor) - 1 March 2022
  • Texas A&M (College Station) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • Miami University (Miami, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Gary A. Speck, conductor) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
  • University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony (Bradley Genervo, conductor) - 15 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 13 February 2018
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 30 October 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 23 April 2017
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (George R. Boulden III, conductor) - 8 March 2017 (82nd Annual ABA National Convention)
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Turner-Johnston, conductor) – 19 April 2016
  • California State University, Fresno, Symphonic Band (Steven McKeithen, conductor) - 11 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • St. Olaf College Band (Northfield, Minn.) (Timothy Mahr, conductor) – 23 January 2016
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Donald Peterson, conductor) – 9 December 2015
  • Michigan State University Symphony Band – 23 September 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Broughton, B. (2015). A Celebration Overture [score]. Alfred: [United States].
  • Bruce Broughton website
  • Hamilton, Craig V. "A Celebration Overture." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 665-671. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist, 72/3 (October, 2017), p. 74.