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Heroes from the Sea

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Osnby Rose

Onsby Rose

Subtitle: A Fanfare for Winds and Percussion

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bells (optional)
  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes (optional)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In June of 2017 as I had a conversation with my wife, Jessi, I told her that I had always had the dream of composing. However, at forty-two years old and about thirty of them being a musician, I had never been able to complete a piece. A couple days after our conversation I received an email about the annual call for fanfares from the Dallas Wind Symphony. As I lay in bed that same evening, numerous melodies ran through my head. After laying awake all night, I got up the next morning, sat down at my computer and began to sketch out Fanfare, Die Helden, which was submitted to the DWS.

Upon beginning to write, I truly felt inspired, but mostly I just desired to finish the work. As I rely heavily on my Christian faith, each night as I closed out my writing for the day, I would lie in my bed and pray. During my prayers I would ask God that if He wanted me to compose this music, that He would "give me the notes." In my conversations with my friend David Maslanka, he would describe his methods and how he relied on his spirituality and meditation. With guidance from David I have been meditating, which for me is a prayer time. This prayer time and soul searching led to the thoughts of my 11 years on active duty as a U.S. Marine, as well as all of the sailors and coast guardsmen that I have served alongside. The images of these men and women in these three services, and their dedication to duty, as well as their time away from their loved ones, brought me to the heroic and flowing melodies within this work.

After finishing the original brass and percussion fanfare, I knew it had to be composed for full wind band. The sound of the work is simple, heroic, and hopefully brings thoughts of the blessings of protection we are lucky to receive from all of the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard that serve as "Heroes from the Sea."

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Eric LaPrade) – 20 September 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Wind Symphony (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 7 December 2017
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 29 November 2017
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • Virginia (Alexandria) Grand Military Band (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 11 November 2017
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 30 August 2017 *Premiere Performance*

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