Instant Concert

From Wind Repertory Project
Harold L. Walters

Harold L. Walters

General Info

Year: 1970 / 1999
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rubank Inc. Music Publishers, distributed by Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00 | Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute (C Piccolo)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone Bass Clef
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos-Maracas-Claves, "etc."
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks (high and low)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For this novelty march, Walters used 30 themes from familiar march and concert works and condensed them into an instant concert of three minutes and ten seconds. Most of the melodies are presented consecutively. However, contrapunctal themes are performed simultaneously at times. Listeners are challenged to count familiar melodies.

In 1981, Walters was listening to a warm-up concert by a military band at London's annual Festival of Memory when the announcer suddenly proclaimed the next selection to be Instant Concert "by a composer named Harold Walters, who is in the audience." Halfway through the piece the band stopped playing, an ensemble of herald trumpets played a brilliant fnnfare, and the crowd stood for the arrival of the queen, queen mother, Prince Charles, Lady Diana, and Prime Minister Thatcher. After the ceremony the bandleader apologized to Walters and promised to finish Instant Concert if he would return next year.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Kentucky Virginia (Whitesburg, Ky.) Summer Winds (Amy Acklin, conductor) - 21 June 2022
  • Bemidji (Minn.) Area Community Band (Ryan Webber, conductor) - 19 June 2022
  • Kankakee (Ill.) Municipal Band (Jewel Ann Wiltfang, conductor) – 5 August 2021
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Symphonic Band (Ryan Webber, conductor) - 20 April 2021
  • Grace College (Winona Lake, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Criss, conductor) - 16 April 2021
  • Encore Concert Band (Orland Park, Ill) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) - 6 September 2020
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) - 25 July 2019
  • Village Band (Carrboro, N.C.) (John Fuller, conductor) – 15 June 2019
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (G. Mancho Gonzalez, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.) University Band (Richard Fischer, conductor) - 28 September 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Carlos Gama, Jr., conductor) - 26 June 2018
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Symphony Symphonic Winds (Miriam Grisso, conductor) - 16 May 2018
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) – 27 November 2017
  • Ye Olde Towne Band (Los Altos, Calif.) (John DeLoach, conductor) – 25 June 2017
  • Lexington (Mass.) Bicentennial Concert Band (Justin Aramati, conductor) – 14 May 2017
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Budd, conductor) – 31 January 2016
  • Ashdown High School Band (Arkansas) (Mark Pounds, conductor) - 2 May 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 622-623.
  • Walters, H. (1970). Instant Concert [score]. Rubank: Miami, Fla.