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Matt Conaway

Matt Conaway

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $78.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
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
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Floor Tom
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

On the Banks was commissioned by the Fountain/Warren Bi-County Honor Band to celebrate 30 years of musical collaboration. I was tasked with writing a celebratory and uplifting piece somehow relating to the Wabash River, which forms the border between the two counties.

The river is perhaps Indiana's most significant geographical feature, and has inspired a great deal of culture. In particular, two musical works (On the Banks of the Wabash and Back Home in Indiana) prominently feature the visual of moonlight on the Wabash. The opening statement of this work reflects this serenity and nostalgia.

Next, conflicts that have taken place along the river are portrayed in music, including the Battle of Tippecanoe just to the northeast. We then move to a much more uplifting style, based on the melody from the opening section, transforming rhythms from the conflict section.

Throughout the piece, brief quotations from the aforementioned sections are interspersed to give a stronger tie to the Indiana heritage that is so proudly cherished by the communities along our river. Having lived in Indiana now for half my life, and within walking distance of the Wabash River for 14 years, it is a great honor to have been given the opportunity to write this music.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band B


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Conaway, M. (2015). On the Banks [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score