Overture for a Musical Comedy

From Wind Repertory Project
John Barnes Chance

John Barnes Chance

This work bears the designation QMB 578.

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: March
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $16.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This overture was written during Chance's stay in Greensboro. The fast section, title WGOOM, was originally a march intended for young bands – several revisions were later made in the march. According to William Francis McBeth, the march title was an acronym from a sign "We Grind Our Own Meat," which hung in Schutz's Beer Garden, a popular café in Austin. The place was patronized by Chance, Clifton Williams, Kent Kennan, McBeth, Larry Weiner, and other graduate students because it had the "best cheeseburgers in the world."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Chance, J. (1997). Overture for a Musical Comedy [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York].
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 119.