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Country Bandstand

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James Syler

James Syler

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


1. March
2. Chorale
3. Barn Dance


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe 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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Country Bandstand was commissioned by the Bishop Ireton Symphony Wind Ensemble in Alexandria, Virginia, Garwood Whaley, Director. The title suggests the sounds and history of the traditional town square with its open air gazebo or "bandstand," that was so common throughout small towns in America. All three movements are loosely based on American folk songs. The first movement is based on the Southern folk song Batchelor's Hall. The second movement is a chorale setting of the folk hymn Vernon, and the final movement uses the folk tune Happy Land transformed into a barn dance.

My intention in this piece was to pay respect to American folk song, as well as the history of the American concert band, which was and remains a vital part of musical life in countless small towns. The work was completed in January 2002 in San Antonio, Texas.

- Program Note by James Syler


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Symphonic Band (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 16 November 2021
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 21 October 2019
  • Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Dwight Oltman, conductor) – 21 April 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • James Syler website
  • Syler, J. (2010). Country Bandstand [score]. FJH Music Co.: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.