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Celebration Overture, A (Broughton)

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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


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  • 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.