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Havana Nights (Standridge)

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Randall Standridge

Randall Standridge

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Randall Standridge Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto 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
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • China Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals (suspended)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Shakers
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mambo rhythms and exciting melodies unite in this "ballet" for wind ensemble. Catchy rhythms, colorful percussion, and a distinct dance feel engage performers and audience alike. Great for conductors looking for something outside the norm.

- Program Note from publisher

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

Commissioned by District 10 of the Ohio Music Educators Association for the 2018 District 10 OMEA Honor Band.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) Symphonic Winds (Laura Stanley, conductor) - 2 May 2023
  • Woodlands (Tx.) Concert Band (Paul Worosello, conductor) - 26 March 2023
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie) Symphonic Band (Aaron M. Durst, conductor) - 4 December 2022
  • Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Yorogos Kouritas, conductor) - 8 December 2022
  • Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) Wind Ensemble (Joel Boettger, conductor) – 25 April 2022
  • Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) Symphonic Winds (Laura Stanley, conductor) - 11 May 2021

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