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Off the Edge

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Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro

Subtitle: For Concert Wind Band and Pre-recorded track

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Activist Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Kick Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Laptop computer for audio accompaniment track


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

What happens when a composer who loves the pop music of the '80s and '90s hangs out in dance clubs blasting house music in the 2010s? Off the Edge offers a 140 bpm-thumping, EDM-jumping clue!

Off the Edge was commissioned by James Mobley and the Brownstown Middle School Band, with the participation of members of the N-BEAM consortium.

- Program Note from publisher

Performance Notes

The accompaniment track should be played back LOUDLY! It adds a complex set of syncopations to the piece, while the percussion players keep a steady beat (we hope).

The piece is at a snappy tempo (unrelenting quarter note = 140). Because the music is designed along the lines of a pop tune, it's very sectional and motive-driven. Included in the score is a page that maps out the themes and motives and will assist with getting the students comfortable with the rhythms and fingerings a few bars at a time, starting at a slower rehearsal tempo.

I encourage the band directors to make the MP3 of the piece available to all their students, so that they can listen and absorb the syncopated rhythms. In fact, a good way to start the first rehearsal is to blast the demo recording in the band room. I'll also make the accompaniment track (with the click track) available to them so that they can practice at home and annoy their parents. Invite them to email me for the access code.

Off the Edge is fun for players of any age, but for younger musicians it will be especially useful for introducing them to playing syncopated motives on the off beat.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Center Grove Middle School (Greenwood, Ind.) Central Band (Samuel Fritz, conductor) – March 2020 *Premiere Performance*

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