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Festival De Ladrones

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David Checketts

David Checketts

Subtitle: Festival of Thieves

General Info

Year: 1994 / 2007
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00;   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Guiro
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraslap
  • Xylophone


  • Although the published work's title is Festival De Ladrones, the correct Spanish capitalization would be Festival de Ladrones.

Program Notes

Festival De Ladrones (Festival of Thieves) was inspired by the many hours I spent as a child watching westerns with my father. Early in my childhood I was exposed to The Cowboys, The Magnificent Seven and True Grit. Later on it was Pale Rider and Silverado.

This work is a depiction of a group of bandits on the run from the law. The first section is rather fast with a driving snare drum rhythm and punctuated hits from the ensemble as the trumpets play the main theme. The second section is much slower and has alternating time signatures that give it an uneasy feeling at first. The third section is a mariachi dance movement in which our unlikely heroes celebrate their escape from their pursuers with a fiesta.

- Program Note by composer


  • National Bandmasters Association/Merrill Jones Memorial Composition Contest, 1994, winner.


State Ratings

North Carolina: III


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Checketts, D. (2007). Festival de Ladrones = (Festival of Thieves) [score]. TRN Music Publisher: Alto, NM.