Observing Visitor, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Patrick Conway

Patrick Conway (arr. Floyd Werle)

General Info

Year: / 1980
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
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
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong (or Tam-Tam)
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Patrick Conway wrote The Observing Visitor for Ebenezer Treman, a leading merchant in Ithaca, New York, where Conway was employed as a teacher at the Conservatory of Music. It was Treman, who, in 1896, persuaded Conway to organize the Ithaca Band. Treman underwrote the project and many fine musicians were brought to Ithaca and paid to play in the band. Treman frequently visited band rehearsals and never missed a concert, always observing from the first row or from the wings of the stage. This band later became the Conway Band. It toured extensively throughout the United States and recorded on the Edison and Victor labels.

The only known manuscript of The Observing Visitor was destroyed in a fire in which a large part of his library perished. The band did record it on an Edison record. Arranger Floyd Werle made this arrangement of the march from that recording.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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