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Keystone Celebration

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John Cheetham

John Cheetham

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General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Music Publishing Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $39.95   


Full Score
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by Summit Brass in 1989, Keystone Celebration’s title was inspired by the annual Keystone Brass Institute hosted by Summit Brass in Keystone, Colorado.  It was written in a traditional French ouverture style.  As the piece opens, the melody is slowly unfolded.  It is fractured, with each section of the ensemble playing part of the melody.  The piece transitions to a fast-paced conversation between the various sections. The energy in the piece in continuous, often starting with just one voice and expanding out into sweeping melodies and jarring rhythmic passages.  Just when the piece appears to have reached its natural climax, the slow unfolding melody of the opening comes back.  The music once again transitions to an even more frenzied dialogue between sections before ending in a glorious fanfare.

- Program Note from State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony concert program, 23 February 2017

Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Paula Holcomb, conductor) – 23 February 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer


None discovered thus far.