Havana Nights

From Wind Repertory Project
Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

Subtitle: FLEX BAND: For Adaptable Instrumentation

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Randall Standridge
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $85.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • F Horn

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • F Horn

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Shaker
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timbales


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

My musical tastes are wildly eclectic. One moment, you might find me enjoying Beethoven’s symphonies and the other you might find me head-banging to Iron Maiden. I have never been a musical snob, and I value and love the entire array of sounds, rhythms, and textures that the world of music, in all its forms, has to offer.

One genre I have a particular affection for is mambo. Being introduced to the style when I was in high school, I was enchanted with the melodies, rhythms, and excitement that it generates. As I dug more deeply into the style, I was introduced to the work of Yma Sumac, Tito Puente, Pérez Prado, and others. I was absolutely enchanted.

Havana Nights is a concert work for wind ensemble, but it was also conceived as a short ballet. The action takes place in the mambo clubs of Havana as our heroine (Havanna) dances her way through the night life. She encounters another young dancer and the two begin a flirtatious, seductive conversation through the art of movement. As the ballet comes to a close, Havanna casts one final, gleeful look at her would-be suitor before escaping into the night.

This work was commissioned by District 10 of the Ohio Music Educators Association for their 2018 District 10 OMEA Honor Band. I would like to thank them for trusting my creativity and allowing me to create something “entirely else” for wind ensemble. Thank you for letting me use my musical voice.

Also, this work is dedicated to one of my composition professors, Dr. Tom O’Connor. I absolutely could not have done any of this without your guidance, advice, and encouragement. I am forever in your debt.

Peace, Love, and Music.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Nampa (Id.) High School Wind Ensemble (Phillip Hoesing, conductor) - 9 May 2023
  • Southridge High School (Beaverton, Ore.) Wind Ensemble (Cameron Jerde, conductor) - 7 March 2022
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Symphony Band (Scott Corley, conductor) - 3 May 2021
  • Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction) Wind Symphony (Calvin Hofer, conductor) - 27 April 2021
  • Houghton (New York) College Wind Ensemble (Timothy McGarvey, conductor) - 13 March 2021
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Debora Traficante, conductor) - 24 February 2021

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