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Mini-Suite for Band

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Morton Gould

Morton Gould

General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Cost: Score & Parts - $60.00  |   Score Only - $7.50


1. Birthday March - 1:40
2. A Tender Waltz - 2:15
3. Bell Carol - 0:55


Full Score
Condensed Score
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Finger Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Chimes
  • Triangle


  • Tenor Saxophone, m. 29: The second eighth note should be a D instead of C on the part. The score is correct.

Program Notes

These pieces are intended for the young player, the older player who still remembers being young, and the old player who would like to feel young again. They are adaptations from a series of piano pieces I wrote for my daughters Abby and Deborah on each of their birthdays during their pre-teen years. I thought some of these appropriate for the band medium, and selected Birthday March, A Tender Waltz, and Bell Carol to form this Mini-Suite. They are obviously purposefully simple in construction and texture, but hopefully will stimulate the young player and please the listener regardless of his age.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Iowa: II
  • Texas: II. Complete


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  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Michael Rucker, Jr., conductor) - 3 March 2021
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Benjamin Alaniz, conductor) - 10 December 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University University Band (Trey Harris, conductor) – 25 February 2019
  • Truman University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Sara Wilson, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • University of Louisville Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 21 February 2017
  • Roseau Varsity Band, Roseau, Minnesota (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - March 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Gould, M. (1968). Mini-Suite: For Concert Band [score]. G. Schirmer: [New York?].
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 197-203.