Good Cop, Bad Cop

From Wind Repertory Project
William Pitts

William Pitts

Subtle: For Tuba and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 9:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: William Pitts Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $225.00   |   Score Only (print) - $75.00


Full Score
Solo Tuba
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-VII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Cowbell
  • Crotales
  • Gong
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Swish Knocker
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I’ve always been a fan of a certain level of ‘against the grain’ when it comes to my writing. When Christian Carichner and I finally agreed that I had no choice but to write a piece for him, I knew this would be no different.

Good Cop, Bad Cop is a study in role reversal. For starters, using the tuba as a solo instrument is far from standard in current orchestral and band trends. I have always been fascinated by the range and textural possibilities of the tuba, and I figured I would explore as many aspects as possible with this piece.

My image of the ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine (albeit based mostly on Leslie Nielsen-esque examples) is that of a relentless and exhausting back-and-forth between fuzz and felon. The ‘bad cop’ is brutal and threatening, while the ‘good cop’ is sympathetic and understanding. This idea is expressed musically through numerous conflicts. Throughout the piece, different factions of the ensemble often stand at odds, whether it be soloist versus ensemble, brass versus woodwinds, etc. There are conflicting time signatures, polar opposite rhythmic structures, fast vs. slow, loud vs. soft, and everything in between.

Good Cop, Bad Cop is dedicated to Christian Carichner, a great friend, colleague, and partner in crime.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Iowa State University (Ames) Wind Ensemble (Michael Golemo, conductor; Christian Carichner, tuba) – 3 March 2017

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