Escapade (Spaniola)

From Wind Repertory Project
Joseph T. Spaniola

Joseph Spaniola

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 8:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (II doubling C Piccolo)
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
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
Timpani (also plays Crash Cymbals, Triangle, and Slapstick)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Toms (3: high, mid and low)
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I was given the opportunity to premiere a work at the 2001 American Bandmasters Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was to be performed by The United States Air Force Band of the Rockies. My initial concept for this piece was to freely explore a simple idea and let it lead wherever it might. Technically, I wanted to write a piece that took advantage of the special talents of the musicians in the Band of the Rockies: to musically engage and challenge them. In my search for a clearer vision of the work, I came across the word “escapade,” defined as an adventurous action or journey that runs counter to the norm and often leads to unexpected results or destinations. This word captured the spirit of the unrestrained approach I had in mind and it propelled me into the work. I started with four pitches, the first four of the piece, and simply followed where they led. The result of this exploration is Escapade.

- Program Note by composer

The use of jazz influences in classical music dates to the early twentieth century. The term "third stream" is often associated with this type of music that combines stylistic and harmonic elements of the symphonic and jazz idioms. Escapade includes a variety of styles, including later twentieth-century classical, waltz and funk.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance


  • NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest, winner, 2001.


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: V
  • Tennessee: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Joseph Spaniola website Accessed 5 September 2017
  • Meunier, Robert. "Escapade." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 688-696. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Perusal score
  • Spaniola, J. (2002). Escapade: For Concert Band [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tex.