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Galop (Gilroy)

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Gary P. Gilroy

Gary P Gilroy

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos(2)
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Low Tom
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The composer explained at the premiere performance that he had considered Jacques Press's Wedding Dance from "Hasseneh" for the combined performance of the Clovis North High School (Calif.) Symphonic Band and his own Fresno State University (Calif.) Wind Orchestra, but rejected it because of the rehearsal time that would be required. He then decided to program the Shostakovich Galop from "Cheryomushki" but was unable to quickly acquire the music. So he decided to write his own galop. It was premiered on October 2, 2014, at California State University, Fresno, with the combined bands encompassing some 170 musicians.

- Program Note by Dave Strickler

Galop is a fast and furious work that is meant to serve as an appropriate selection to conclude concerts in a fun and light-hearted manner. While this composition sounds impressive and quite demanding, appropriate ranges and wise orchestration makes it quite playable at a fast tempo. As with most Gilroy compositions, the percussion plays an important role. A galloping rhythm is first introduced as a solo woodblock and before long, the crack of the whip (large slap stick at the start of measure ten) helps to conclude the introductory material and move the composition towards its first theme.

- Program Note by Nancy Moser for the Joaquin Miller Middle School Advanced Band


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State Ratings

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  • NorthWinds Symphonic Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (John Bell, conductor) - 23 February 2020
  • Orcas Island (Washington) Community Band (Karen Key Speck, conductor) - 4 June 2016
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) High School Honor Band (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 17 February 2016
  • Tara Winds (Marietta, Ga.) (John Culvahouse, conductor) - 19 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
  • Joaquin Miller Middle School (San Jose, Calif.) Advanced Band (Nancy Moser, conductor) - 21 February 2015 (2015 CMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • Fresno State University (Calif.) Wind Orchestra and Clovis North High School (Calif.) Symphonic Band combined bands (David Lesser, conductor) - 2 October 2014 - *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.