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Festival Variations

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Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

General Info

Year: 1982
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $40.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone (3.5 octaves)

Cello (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Premiered at the 75th anniversary of the MENC in San Antonio by the United States Air Force Band who commissioned it, the composition met with immediate and overwhelming acceptance. Festival Variations with its brilliant technical passages coupled with its glorious romanticism will certainly rank as one of the monumental compositions of the 20th century"...Arnald Gabriel, Col (Ret.) Commander/Conductor, The United States Air Force Band. Although difficult, many of the finer bands throughout the world have added this great work to their repertoire and perform it regularly.

- Program note by publisher

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • California: VI Class AA
  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Minnesota: Category 1
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen K. Gage, conductor) – 29 January 2020
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Craig A. Hancock, conductor) – 2 November 2019
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 21 October 2019
  • Northwest Wind Symphony (Centralia, Wash.) (Dan Schmidt, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • University of Louisiana Monroe Wind Ensemble (Derle R. Long, conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • California All-State High School Wind Symphony (Anthony Maiello, conductor) – 16 February 2019 (2019 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Win Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 12 December 2018
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (George Vosburgh, conductor) – 3 April 2018
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) – 18 March 2018 (2018 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 29 September 2017
  • Indiana University Symphonic Band (Eric Smedley, conductor) – 10 February 2015
  • Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Symphony (Scott Hagan, conductor) – 20 December 2014 (2014 Midwest Clinic)
  • California State Fresno Wind Orchestra (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 4 October 2012
  • Banda Sinfónica del Centro Musical Paternense (LLorenç Mendoza, conductor) – September 2011
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Arnald Gabriel, conductor) – 19 February 1982 (1982 TMEA Conference, San Antonio) *Premiere Performance*

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