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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00   |   Score Only - $18.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Bari Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-II
Timpani (doubles Medium Triangle)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals (crash, medium-large suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Slapstick (large)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom (small)
  • Triangle (large)
  • Xylophone


Ticheli Errata

Program Notes

Nitro, an energy-charged three-minute fanfare for band, was commissioned by the Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson, music director, in celebration of their 50th anniversary season, and received its premiere performance by them on April 9th, 2006.

Nitrogen is the most abundant component of the Earth’s atmosphere (78 per cent by volume), and is present in the tissues of every living thing. It is the fifth most abundant element in the universe, created by the fusion deep within stars; it has recently been detected in interstellar space. The sheer prevalence of nitrogen in all of nature, and the infinite range of compounds it is part of — life-giving, energizing, healing, cleansing, explosive — all appealed to me, and served as the inspiration for my music.

The main musical idea for Nitro is a powerful, angular theme, first announced by the trombones and horns, and then imitated in the trumpets. Trumpet fanfare calls and a busy and relentless chattering in the woodwinds enhance the bright, festive mood.

The middle section is based on a woodwind theme that is partly fanfare-like, partly dance-like. This contrasting theme is built from intervals occurring in the natural overtone series (octave and twelfth), giving it an expansive, open-air quality. The main theme reappears, growing in power and density all the while, building to a thunderous conclusion.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: V
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 1 October 2019
  • Lowcountry Community Concert Band (Bluffton, S.C.) (David Carbone, conductor) – 14 May 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Campus Concert Band (Barry L. Houser, conductor) - 25 April 2019
  • Bixby (Ok.) High School Wind Ensemble (Jeremy W. Parker, conductor) - 24 February 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • St. Louis (Mo.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Poshak, conductor) - 11 November 2018
  • Northwest Missouri State University Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 18 October 2018
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Frank Ticheli, conductor) – 14 July 2018
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Brooke Humfeld, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • Cerritos (Calif.) College Concert Band (David Betancourt, conductor) -18 March 2018 (2018 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • The Philharmonic Winds (Singapore) (Leonard Tan, conductor) – 30 December 2017
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Vong, conductor) – 1 June 2017
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 12 May 2017
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 26 April 2017
  • University of Texas (Austin) Longhorn Concert Band (Joshua Gall, conductor) – 26 February 2017
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 2 March 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (David Blumenthal, conductor) – 9 November 2016
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 28 October 2016
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jacqueline Townsend, conductor) – 13 April 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Ticheli, F. (2006). Nitro: For Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.