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In Storm and Sunshine (ed Bourgeois)

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J.C. Heed

J C Heed (arr. Bourgeois)

General Info

Year: 1885 / 2001
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Storm and Sunshine was written when the composer was only 23; it has remained his most popular march to the present time. The work has all of the ingredients for a great march: a strong attention-getting introduction, dynamic contrast from fff down to a bar of silence, technical melodies for all of the wind instruments, and a tune in the last strain that everyone can remember. Whether or not Heed wrote this march for the circus is not known, but it has been a big-top favorite, as well as a concert highlight, for most of the 20th century.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

In circus parlance, a “screamer” is a perilously fast march written to accentuate the excitement and danger of the Big Top. In Storm and Sunshine was one of John Clifford Heed’s first marches and remains his most well-known.

Heed was an exceptional cornetist and bandmaster from New Jersey. Written in 6/8, the opening unison passage thunders into a chaotic first strain which features both extreme low and high registers. Presumably, the title refers to minor and major modes, hence the “storms” and the “sunshine.”

- Program Note from Austin Symphonic Band concert program, 12 November 2019

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Kansas: V


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  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 12 November 2019
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Wind Symphony (Chris Kaatz, conductor) - 16 October 2018
  • Sequim (Wash.) City Band (Tyler Benedict, conductor) – 7 May 2017
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy Texas) (Bob Bryant, conductor) - 24 April 2016
  • Oklahoma City (Okla.) University Wind Philharmonic (Mathew Mailman, conductor) – 4 October 2011

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Heed, J.; Bourgeois, J. (2001). In Storm and Sunshine: For Concert Band [score]. Wingert-Jones Music: Kansas City, Mo.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 277