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Head Rush

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Jay Bocook

Jay Bocook

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00; (digital) - $145.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Cajon
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Shakers (2)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Employing a minimalist approach, this dynamic piece uses layers of constantly evolving textures and rhythmic devices, while propelled throughout by an energetic underlying pulse. Sprinkled with surprises and dramatic effects, and culminating with the full force of the entire ensemble, Head Rush is a dramatic and unique addition to the repertoire.

- Program Note from publisher

Head Rush is a rousing, joyfully schizophrenic five-minute work scored for wind ensemble. It was commissioned by the Band Parents Association of Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, S.C, in honor of their long-time director, Scott Rush. The piece is through-composed and minimalist in nature, and features the intertwining of repetitive rhythmic motives and contrasting melodies into an ornate network of musical texture. The building blocks for the tonal language of the piece are based around a dominant-seventh chord, plus the tonic pitch, which forms a five-note scale (F-A-B b-C-Eb). This scale returns throughout the piece in many different transpositions. Other compositional devices include frequent rhythmic hemiolas, tonal transpositions, and even jazz colorations. Though the piece is frenetic and driven by a relentless pulse, there are several delicate and enchanting moments interspersed throughout. These constantly evolving textures and rhythmic devices culminate with the full force of the ensemble into a finale that is bursting with energy.

- Program Note from score, by Hannah Carlson


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Amy Woody, conductor) - 12 April 2023
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (Chili, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Shewan, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Cornell University (Ithaca,N.Y.) Wind Symphony (James Spinazzola, conductor) – 2 October 2016
  • Furman University (Greenville, SC) Wind Ensemble (Jay Bocook, conductor) - 4 March 2016
  • Charleston (S.C.) Southern University Wind Symphony (Marshall Forrester, conductor) – 19 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas Enrico Williams, conductor) – 16 February 2016
  • Greater Dallas (Texas) Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony (Nicholas Enrico Williams, conductor) – 12 January 2016
  • Flower Mound (Texas) High School Wind Symphony (Brent Biskup, conductor) - 18 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)

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None discovered thus far.