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James Swearingen

James Swearingen

General Info

Year: 1981
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C L Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score & Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tubular Bells


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Program Notes

Invicta (1981) was composed as a tribute to Mark S. Kelly, Director of Bands at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Regarding the dedication, James Swearingen expressed the following: "Several times during my eighteen years of public school teaching, Professor Kelly provided me with educational guidance which helped to mold my career as a teacher. Needless to say, I owe many of my successes to this man's valuable advice."

This composition, which utilizes ABA form, is introduced by a bold maestoso fanfare in the key of Bb major. The main theme (allegro con moto) is then passed back and forth between several sections of the ensemble. Having modulated to the key of Ab, a beautiful middle section is masterfully developed before an eventual return to the key of Bb. The recapitulation then allows the composer an opportunity to display his skill at inter-weaving previously introduced themes simultaneously.

- Program Notes by composer

Commercial Discography

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Audio Links

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Kirksville (Mo.) High School Concert Band (Karen Harrison, conductor) – 7 March 2019
  • Ashland-Greenwood (Ashland, Neb.) Senior High Band (Jonathan Jaworski, conductor) – 1 March 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Sean Muir, conductor)- 9 May 2018
  • Tamagawa Academy (Machida, Tokyo, Japan) Wind Orchestra (James Swearingen, conductor) - 15 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Shannon Shaffer, conductor) - 1 December 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Swearingen, J. (1981). Invicta: Overture for Band [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.