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MSgt. Robert Thurston

Robert Thurston

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Robert Thurston
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (divisi)
Tuba (div.)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes^
  • Claves
  • Congas
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel^
  • Gong
  • Guiro
  • Large Toms (2)
  • Marimba^
  • Shaker
  • Small Toms (4)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (2)
  • Tambourine (2)
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone^
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone^

^There is an optional mallet part which consolidates all of these instruments (3 separate parts into one).

Cello (div.)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A work aimed at college and professional wind bands, or mature high school groups. Departures is the last original piece I wrote while I was still a member of the US Air Force Band -- so it commemorates my departure from the band (and the military) after a 20-year career. I started out with the intent of making a few stylistic departures as well -- trying out some musical tricks I don’t often use. What I found, the farther I got into writing the piece, was that old habits die hard. But I do love how the piece turned out.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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