Miniature Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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 Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom (3)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Miniature Overture was commissioned by Ernest Mills and the Kearsage Regional High School Band in North Sutton, New Hampshire. The request was for a short work that would be playable by a large number of high school bands throughout the country.

The piece is based upon three ideas: a unifying polychordal harmonic figure (heard in the first measure), a melody based on the interval of a fourth, and a folk-like, slow melody. The melodic material is put through several processes including stretto, anon, inversion, and simultaneous recapitulation. It was my hope to make a significant teaching piece in this short, three-minute setting.

The work is dedicated to my high school band director, Donald К. Smith. He was the band director at High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland. As I enter my 31st year of teaching, I look back on my experience in his band and realize how it molded me as a musician/teacher. He taught us the pursuit of excellence, had the highest of standards for both the band and himself, and taught us self-discipline and self-motivation. He also provided quality musical experiences for us. Little did I know that other high school bands were not playing Persichetti's Symphony for Band, Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy, Nixon's Fiesta del Pacifico, and Vaughan Williams's Toccata Marziale, just to name a few.

Most recently I have been reunited with Mr. Smith and I thought it appropriate to dedicate one of my compositions to a person who was so influential in my musical life.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Kansas: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Tennessee: IV


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