Irish Suite: The Minstrel Boy

From Wind Repertory Project
Leroy Anderson

Traditional, arranged by Leroy Anderson

Subtitle: From the 'Irish Suite'

This work is the second movement of the composer's Irish Suite.

General Info

Year: 1952 / 2009
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To Arthur Fiedler

- Program Note from score

The second movement of The Irish Suite from the creative genius of the legendary Leroy Anderson has been re-engraved now with a full score. This more stately movement contrasts stylistically with the others.

- Program Note from publisher

This six-movement suite, of which The Minstrel Boy is the second, was commissioned by the Eire Society of Boston for a Pops Concert conducted by Arthur Fielder on June 6, 1947. Originally entitled Eire Suite, Anderson wrote it in 12 days.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor) - 23 April 2023
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Herbert J. Payung, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Cascadia Wind Ensemble (Abbotsford, B.C.) (Shannon Goldsmith, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michael Colburn, conductor) - 30 June 2017
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 6 March 2016
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Charles Buck III, conductor) – 17 July 2012
  • Mount Prospect (Ill.) Community Band (Ralph Wilder, conductor) – 17 March 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Sleigh Ride (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Fernie) (1948/)
  • Sleigh Ride (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Torskangerpoll) (1948/2020)

All Wind Works


  • Anderson, L. (2009). The Minstrel Boy: From The Irish Suite [score]. Woodbury Music: [United States]
  • Coleman, Ronald O. "Irish Suite." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 568-581. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Leroy Anderson." Accessed 26 August 2015.
  • Leroy Anderson website Accessed 14 May 2021