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Downey Overture

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Oscar Navarro

Oscar Navarro

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Oscar Navarro Music
Cost: Score and Parts - €90 (~$116)  |   Score Only - Contact composer


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Conga Drum
  • Cowbells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Downey Overture is dedicated with all my affection to the Downey Symphony Orchestra, for its hard work and dedication, and, of course, to its conductor, Sharon Lavery, for her professionalism and great passion for music. Downey Overture is a Latin-American fusion with which I have wanted to link my birth country, Spain, and California, the land that, as a result of the two years I lived there, has left a permanent imprint on my heart. An amalgam of rhythm and musical color wrapped in an atmosphere of dance are the essence of this piece. It is joyful, energetic and written with all my enthusiasm and dedication.

- Program Note by composer



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Wind Symphony (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 14 April 2022
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 7 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 North Central Conference, Madison, Wisc.)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphonic Winds (Jason Missal, conductor) - 24 February 2022
  • Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Symphonic Band (Emily Threinen, conductor) - 12 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Delaware Wind Ensemble (William L. Lake, Jr., guest conductor) - 7 December 2021
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Stephen Peterson, conductor) - 3 December 2021
  • Texas State University (San Marcos) Wind Symphony (Caroline Beatty, conductor) - 1 October 2021
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Jay S. Gephart, conductor) - 28 April 2021
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Wind Symphony (Frederick Speck, conductor) – 14 February 2021
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 13 March 2020
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Darryl Warren, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA) Symphonic Band - 15 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) - 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 7 February 2020
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Knighten, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • The Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Symphony (Richard Strauch, conductor) - 10 November 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 22 October 2019
  • University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble (Sharon Lavery, conductor) - 30 September 2012 *Wind band transcription premiere performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Mills, Alan W. "Downey Overture." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 734-742. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Navarro, O. [2015]. "Downey Overture": Overture for Symphony Orchestra: Transcription for Wind Band [score]. Oscar Navarro Music: Spain.
  • Oscar Navarro website