From Wind Repertory Project
Jesse Ayers

Jesse Ayers

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jesse Ayers
Cost: Score & parts (hardcopy) $125    PDF parts $50    Score $25


Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone

B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass (optional)
Piano (optional)
Celeste (optional)
Timpani (4 drums) Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI (6 or 7 players)
    (Part 5 is scored for two players, but can be covered by one player if necessary)
    (Part 6 is an easier part than can be covered by a non-percsussionist if necessary)

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crotales (optional)
  • Cymbals (pair)
  • Guiro
  • Hi-Hat
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Steel Plate
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks, 5
  • Tom-Toms, 4
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibraslap
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Flashbax (2011) was commissioned by the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Directors Association to celebrate the life of conductor-educator Dr. William Schlacks (1948-2009), and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of OPCICA, of which Dr. Schlacks was the founding president.

Those who knew Bill Schlacks say he was a man full of life and vibrancy, and that he especially liked concert band music that was fast and energetic. It was suggested music in this style would be a more suitable tribute to him than a slow elegy, so the composer has aimed toward music that is an up-tempo whirlwind of energy.

In addition, the composer has sought to honor Dr. Schlacks, OPCICA, and the world of concert bands, by creating original music around a series of reverberations from, or glimpses into, or memories of, the great band literature of the past (the flashbacks). The alert listener will catch a few notes here and a few notes there from a number of the “classic” band works—echoes, if you will, that reverberate ever in the musical memories of those who know and love the concert band literature.

- Program note by publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 8 March 2017
  • Windworks of Washington (DC) (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting) - June 1, 2014
  • Heidelberg University Symphonic Band (Dr. John Owen, conducting) - April 27, 2013
  • Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds (Dr. David Turrill, conducting) - February 24, 2013
  • Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductors Association Honors Band (Dr. John Owen, conducting) - January 20, 2013
  • Case Western Reserve University Symphonic Winds (Dr. Gary Ciepluch, conducting) - April 15, 2012
  • Malone University Symphonic Band (Dr. Jesse Ayers, conducting) - April 13, 1012

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