Dedicatory Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams

General Info

Year: 1964
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This notable work has remained a model for the band overture format, with an entire movement growing out of the opening fanfare. From the gifted pen of Clifton Williams, this overture continues to be an exceptionally popular work, and deservedly so.

- Program note from publisher

Commissioned by the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national honorary music fraternity, Dedicatory Overture received its inaugural performance in the spring of 1963 by the Evansville College Concert Band at the dedication of a new music building on campus.

- Program note from UC Santa Cruz Wind Ensemble concert program, 1 December 2012


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Arkansas: III
  • California: V Class A
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class B Std Rep


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland High School Honor Band (Fresno, Calif.) (John Carnahan, conductor) - 26 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Cheldon R. Williams, conductor) - 26 February 2023
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) University Band (R. Scott Mullen, conductor) - 19 February 2023
  • The Southern Tier (Binghamton, N.Y.) Concert Band (Robin Linaberry, conductor) - 25 April 2022
  • East Texas Baptist University (Marshall) Symphonic Band (Nathan G. Phillips, conductor) - 3 March 2022
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Michquelena Ferguson, conductor) - 6 December 2021
  • Emporia State University (Overland Park, Ks.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Ziek, conductor) - 23 November 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band 2 (Michael Robinson, conductor) – 7 November 2018
  • Texas A&M (College Station) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • Monmouth College (Joliet, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Stacy Dziuk, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • Ohlone Community Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 11 October 2017
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Symphony Band (Janet Song Kim, conductor) – 29 April 2017
  • Edison High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Madrid, conductor) - 25 March 2017 (2017 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Baldwin-Wallace College Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 21 October 2016
  • Los Angeles Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) - 15 March 2015
  • Liberty High School (Brentwood, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Carey Hurst, conductor) - 7 February 2015
  • Allan Hancock College Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) - 10 May 2014
  • UC Santa Cruz Wind Ensemble (Robert Klevan, conductor) - 1 December 2012
  • North Carolina School of Science and Math Wind Ensemble (Phillip Riggs, conductor) - May 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Williams, C. (1964). Dedicatory Overture [score]. Piedmont Music: [s.l.]