Greatest Generation, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: III* (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: RWS Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00

*Both Grade III and Grade IV versions of this work are available.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the gathering of heroes from around the world in December of 2016, this stirring composition pays tribute to America's "great generation." The piece was premiered on December 6, 2016, at the Pearl Harbor Survivors Gala in Honolulu, Hawaii. The piece was performed again on the morning of December 7, 2016, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as part of a ceremony at the U.S.S. Missouri overlooking the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. These first performances were narrated by World War II and Normandy veteran Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, Director Emeritus of the United States Air Force Band. Composer Robert W. Smith's stirring tribute to those that changed our world in World War II also pays tribute to all who served in our armed forces.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Queen City Concert Band (Cincinnati, Ohio) (Rob White, conductor) - 12 November 2023
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Mark Kadetsky, conductor; Lukas Foss, narrator) – 9 December 2019
  • Champaign-Urbana (Ill.) Civic Wind Band (Linda Moorhouse, conductor; Nathan Gunn, narrator) - 29 June 2019
  • Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Ariz.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Koch, conductor; Paul Danuser, narrator) – 13 November 2018
  • Brevard (N.C.) College Wind Ensemble (Eric Peterson, conductor) – 9 November 2018
  • Tri-County Symphonic Band (Gloucester Township, N.J.) (Ronald Willoughby, conductor; Bill Kain, narrator) – 4 July 2018

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