More Cowbell!

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Brown

Medley arranged by Michael Brown

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
Solo Cowbell
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-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Electric Bass
Timpani (also plays Shaker)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Congas (2)
  • Drumset
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms (2)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Popcopy is a work in three movements that is inspired by famous catchphrases. The first movement, More Cowbell, is based on the popular Saturday Night Live skit featuring Will Ferrell as a fictional cowbell player for the band Blue Öyster Cult. Ferrell’s character, Gene Frenkle, fervently tells the band that since there are no songs that feature a cowbell, he would be doing a disservice to himself and the band if he didn’t “play the hell out of this” cowbell. The producer then coins the famous phrase: “Guess what?! I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is ... more cowbell!” In this movement, cowbell parts surround the band to emulate the struggle of balance between the band and the cowbells, but the cowbells also help in keeping the band together during complex rhythmic sections.

- Program Note from University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony concert program, 2 April 2018

The use of the cowbell in the pop music of the 1970s was famously portrayed on a Saturday Night Live skit with Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell. This arrangement of cowbell-laden tunes includes: (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, Low Rider, Drive My Car, and Oye Como Va.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (David Robinson, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Band (Leonard Lutz, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 30 August 2016
  • Valley Stream (N.Y.) Community Band (Todd Holly, conductor) – 4 August 2015

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