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Gordon Jacob

Gordon Jacob

Subtitle: For Military Band, with Interludes for Trumpets and Trombones

General Info

Year: 1951
Duration: 33:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $33.50


1. Intrada - 1:45
2. Overture - 3:55
3. Round of Seven Parts - 2:00
4. Air - 3:20
5. Interlude - 3:10
6. March - 2:30
7. Saraband- 3:55
8. Scherzo - 1:45
9. Madrigal - 4:05
10. Minuet and Trio - 6:05
11. Finale - 1:20


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Timpani
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work, consisting of 11 movements, was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the Festival of Britain in 1951. The general structure of the composition is an alternation of movements between brass choir and full band. The writing for brass calls on their several resources: brilliance, fullness, and at times delicacy, and choral style. The sections for band are written in a refreshing vein and serve as a contrast to the other sections. The suite is reminiscent of the classical suite both in arrangement and in the style of several of the movements.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band/Campus Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Clinic Honor Band IV (Matthew Alosi, conductor) – 2 February 2020
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Symphony Band (Jason Worzbyt, conductor) – 7 December 2019
  • Brock University (St. Catharines, Ont.) Wind Ensemble (Zoltan Kalman, conductor)– 2 April 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Eric Hammer, conductor) - 18 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Utah State University (Ogden) Wind Orchestra (Thomas Rhorer, conductor) – 17 March 2006 (CBDNA 2006 Western/Northwestern Division Conference, Reno, Nev.)
  • High School Symphonic Band [Interlochen, Mich.] (Frederick Fennell, conductor) - 6 August 1978

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jacob, G. (1951). Music for a Festival: For Military Band, with Interludes for Trumpets and Trombones [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: London.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 664-669.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 321.