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Louisiana Parish Sketches

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

Subtitle: Where Saints March on a Regular Basis

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Log
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wash Board


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. that has parishes instead of counties. Rich in historical flavor, the names of these parishes vary from French to American Indian in origin. Catahoula, Natchitoches, Calcasieu, Avoyelles, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee and Tangipahoa Parishes are but a few. Nine of the parishes are named for saints, hence the title. It is a state as colorful as its people and as beautiful as its wildlife. I have tried to capture the spirit and flavor of a few of these parishes with their plantations, farms, bayous, swamps and Cajun influence. This is a diverse work for an equally diverse state. It is where I grew up -- and where I will always call "home."

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the New Orleans Concert Band, Dr. Richard C. Dugger, Conductor

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Ensemble d'harmonie de la Broye (Alsace, France) – 2017

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  • Giroux, J. (2001). Louisiana Parish Sketches : "Where Saints March on a Regular Basis" : For Concert Band [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Julie Giroux website Accessed 10 July 2021