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Helmsman, The

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Gary P. Gilroy

Gary P Gilroy

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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: II 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gary P Gilroy Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $69.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet/Bassoon
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Tuba/E-flat Baritone Saxophone
String Bass
Mallet Percussion I-II
Percussion I-II-III

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Helmsman was commissioned by the Iowa Bandmasters Association for the 2012 All-Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band. It was premiered with the composer conducting on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Iowa Bandmasters convention in Iowa.

It is a respectful nod of appreciation for the life of leadership of Dr. Myron Welch, Emeritus Professor and former Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Iowa. The composer knows Myron Welch as a sincere and genuine man who has made it his life's practice to lead by example. Dr. Welch is respected worldwide and is known as one of the leaders or "helmsmen" of the state of Iowa, a state that boasts many great names in the band world, including Karl King and Meredith Willson.

A former colleague had these kind words to offer about Dr. Myron Welch:"My observation was that he worked hard and expected the same from those around him, yet he remained positive, cordial and humble. As host of the annual University of Iowa Honor Band and the Summer All-State Music Camp, he provided opportunities for many advanced high school students. He also had many directors to juggle at these events and did so very well. I never got the "ivory tower" feeling from him. Coming from a smaller school, I always felt he gave me equal time and respect compared to the directors from closer and larger programs. He still remembers me by name and remains friendly when we see each other at the May Bandmasters Conference."

- Program note by publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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