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Monterey Holidays

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Roger Nixon

Roger Nixon

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 9:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $13.00


1. Butterfly Parade – 2:10
2. Feast of Lanterns – 3:35
3. Heritage of Celebration – 4:15


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle, small
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the United States Air Force Band, Col. Lowell E. Graham, Commander/Conductor.

- Program Note from score

Cast in three movements, Monterey Holidays was written to honor and celebrate one of Northern California's most magnificent cities. Each movement depicts local festivities held around the City of Monterey.

- Program Note from publisher

Composer Roger Nixon has provided the following notes: “The Monterey Bay area, located in Northern California, is one of great scenic beauty, and there is a diversity of attractions for visitors, vacationers, artists, musicians, and nature lovers, as well as for those interested in history.

"The Butterfly Parade is held annually in celebration of the October return of thousands of monarch butterflies to their winter nesting area in Monterey Pines located in the city of Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. The parade features several hundred elementary school students dressed in butterfly costumes escorted by bands, marching down Pine Street in formation, to their waiting families. The event symbolizes the communities devotion to the well being of the butterfly (the city’s motto is Butterfly Town, U.S.A.), and the gaiety of the welcome is mitigated only by an awareness that fewer butterflies return each year.

"The Feast of Lanterns is held each year for several days in Pacific Grove, and includes various gestures to the early history of the city, among which is an adaptation and re-enactment of an ancient romantic Chinese legend centered on the character of Topaz (beautiful daughter of a reigning Mandarin) who escapes from her disapproving father with her student lover, a commoner, by embarking to sea in a row boat. The sea claims them, but their spirits return to Pacific Grove each year as monarch butterflies.

"The source of this legend appears to be the nearby Chinese fishing community in Monterey. Sometimes, on the final night of the Feast of Lanterns, up to 40 fishing craft, adorned with lanterns, anchor off Lover’s Point in a colorful display of affection for the spirits of the lost princess and her lover.

"Heritage Celebration – The city of Monterey is one of the oldest sites of Spanish civilization in California; to tour the city is to walk in the path of history of the Pacific coast. Monterey was the first capital of California and is host to a schedule of festivals reminiscent of the Spanish and Mexican eras."

- Program Notes from liner notes of Air Force Band CD American Premieres

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Texas: V. Complete


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