On the Trail from ''Grand Canyon Suite''

From Wind Repertory Project
Ferde Grofé

Ferde Grofé (arr. Erik Leidzén)

General Info

Year: 1931 / 1935
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Robbins
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Drums (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Grand Canyon Suite is a suite for orchestra by Ferde Grofé, composed between 1929 and 1931. It was initially titled "Five Pictures of the Grand Canyon". It consists of five movements, each an evocation in tone of a particular scene typical of the Grand Canyon. Paul Whiteman and his orchestra gave the first public performance of the work, in concert at the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago on November 22, 1931.

The movements of the suite are Sunrise, Painted Desert, On the Trail, Sunset and Cloudburst.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Maryland Winds (Columbia) (Timothy Holtan, conductor) - 14 January 2020
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) - 27 July 2017
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Orwell, conductor) - 9 May 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 129. Print.
  • Grand Canyon Suite, Wikipedia
  • Grofé, F.; Leidzén, E. (1935). On the Trail [score]. Robbins Music Corp.: New York.