Concerto for Wind Ensemble (Day)

From Wind Repertory Project
Kevin Day

Kevin Day

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 22:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($750.00)


1. Flow - 4:00
2. Riff - 3:35
3. Vibe - 3:45
4. Soul - 5:05
5. Jam - 4:20


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (concert)
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • Cowbell
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

After several fruitful conversations with Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner, director of bands at the University of Georgia, the concept for the Concerto for Wind Ensemble began to take form. We had talked about doing a potential commission for the UGA Hodgson Wind Ensemble, and ultimately the conversation led to the idea of doing a substantial work to further the wind band repertoire. I knew off bat that I wanted to write something that reflected my upbringing as a young black man and the musical culture that I grew up in, which hasn’t always been represented in concert band music.

My experience and the inspiration for this work come from a world of various intersections. My father, born in West Virginia, was a hip-hop producer in the late 1980s who worked in Southern California, and my mother (also from West Virginia) was a gospel singer. During my childhood, I grew up listening to hip-hop, R&B, jazz, and gospel music. Simultaneously, I was learning classical music through playing in band, and later orchestra. I was playing jazz and gospel music on piano, while also playing classical music on euphonium and tuba. This dual learning environment had a huge impact on my musicianship and my development as a composer. While these words had been separated in my head when I was growing up, in this work I intentionally wanted to merge them together in new fusions, paying homage to my parents, the culture I grew up in, and to the wind band world.

What came from this concept is this Concerto for Wind Ensemble, a five-movement work for band that is my most ambitious composition to date, and a work that took almost two years to compose. The movements entitled Flow, Riff, Vibe, Soul, and Jam reflect the various musical styles that I have been immersed in. Vibe and Soul are specifically dedicated to my parents, without whom I could not have made it this far. I am immensely grateful to Dr. Turner and to the consortium members of this work, who believed in my vision and sought to bring this work to life. I’m happy to share this contribution and love letter to the wind band and to the culture.

- Program Note by composer


  • NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Competition Contest, 2021, finalist


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • South Dakota State University (Brookings) Wind Symphony (Jacob Wallace, conductor) - 19 October 2023
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 25 April 2023
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor) - 3 April 2023
  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Matthew Marset, conductor) - 10 February 2023
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald McKinney, conductor) - 9 February 2023
  • Westlake High School (Austin, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Kerry Taylor, conductor) - 21 December 2022 (2022 Midwest Clinic)
  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jeff W. Ball, conductor) - 19 December 2022 (2022 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) - 16 April 2022
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 7 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 North Central Conference, Madison, Wisc.)
  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) - 15 December 2021 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 24 October 2021
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 14 October 2021
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) - 23 September 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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