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Mambo from "West Side Story"

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Michael Sweeney)

General Info

Year: 1957 / 2013
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Timpani (and guiro)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Concert Toms
  • Cowbell
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Timbales
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Leonard Bernstein’s timeless music from his 1960s musical West Side Story lends itself to an excellent concert band arrangement. The work opens with a section percussion solo followed by full scoring with the traditional mambo rhythm. The clarinets and saxes then present the syncopated mambo melody with Latin percussion accompaniment in the bongos and timbales. The Mambo starts in F minor with a brief modulation to F major before returning to the opening F minor motive.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Aledo (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Joey Paul, conductor) – 10 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Friends University (Wichita, Kan.) Concert Band (Shawn M. Knopp, conductor) - 27 September 2021
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 14 February 2021
  • Cleveland (Tenn.) Pops Concert Band (Sarah Pearson, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • University Wind Ensemble of Boston College (Seb Bonaiuto, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • College of New Jersey (Ewing Township) Blue Wind Ensemble (Eric Laprade, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • Savannah (Ga.) Wind Symphony (Mark B. Johnson, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Greenwich (Conn.) High School Wind Ensemble (Jason Polise, conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Barry Ellis, conductor) - 20 April 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Symphonic Band (Vanessa Perala) – 19 April 2018
  • Santa Fe College (Gainesville, Fla.) Winds (Steve Bingham, conductor) – 10 April 2018
  • Brevard (N.C.) College Wind Ensemble (Eric Peterson, conductor) – 15 March 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Cool (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Murtha) (1957/2018)
  • West Side Story (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Sweeney) (1957/2015)

All Wind Works


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 70.6 (2016): 26. Print.