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Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp

Subtitle: A Salute to Baseball

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00; Score Only - $9.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


In Score:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II, m.101: 3/4 meter should read 2/4

In Parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.12: Add 2/4 meter signature
  • Tuba, m.12: Add 2/4 meter signature
  • Percussion I, m.109: Add 4/4 meter signature

Program Notes

In the words of the composer, this tribute to America's favorite pastime features salutes to baseball history "all loosely woven around two motives from the anthem of the seventh inning stretch Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

- Program Note from publisher

Jack Stamp drew inspiration for this work during a 1998 visit to Candlestick Park for a Giants baseball game. His memories took him back to his first World Series in 1962 between the Giants and the Yankees; he was only eight years old at the time. This salute to the 1962 Giants and baseball in general is loosely woven around two motives from the anthem of the seventh inning stretch Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Ever-changing meters, syncopation, and compound rhythms are skillfully crafted to pay homage to the heroes of the game. Measure numbers match player uniform or record numbers. Don Larsen, Willy Mays, Barry Bonds, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, and Roger Maris are a few to be so honored. A slapstick, woodblock, and rimshots imitate the crack of Willie McCovey’s bat. The flutes and bells play the notes “B-A-B-E” to salute the Bambino. Strains of Meet Me in St. Louis pay a tribute to Mark McGwire. Polytonality abounds as the work continues with two fugues based on themes from Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

The work was commissioned by the Santa Clara County (CA) Band Directors Association and was premiered on January 24, 1999, with the composer conducting. It is dedicated to Frank Battisti, long-time conductor of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, who retired that same year.

- Program Note from


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Emmanuel Rodriguez, conductor) – 8 October 2020
  • University of Texas (Austin) Orange Concert Band (Shiree Williams, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Brett Bawcum, conductor) – 5 April 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 8 February 2019
  • Mississippi Wind Symphony (Jackson) (Craig Young, conductor) - 3 July 2018
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Joshua Boyer, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (David Diggs, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Winds (Timothy Smith, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • Nature Coast Community Band (Beverly Hills, Fla.) (Cindy Hazzard, conductor) – 4 May 2017 (ACB 2017 Annual Convention (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.))
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 26 March 2017
  • Sequim (Wash.) City Band (Tyler Benedict, conductor) – 19 March 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Kelly Desjardins, conductor) - 9 November 2016
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Wind Ensemble (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Dobbins, conductor) – 4 April 2016
  • United States Army Band (Jack Stamp, conductor) – 23 July 2015
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tex.) (Bob Bryant, conductor) - 3 May 2015
  • Category 5 Wind Ensemble, Inc. (Charlie Fix, conductor) - 8 June 2013
  • Lakota West Symphonic Winds (West Chester, Ohio) (Gary A. Speck, conductor) – 21 December 2000 (2000 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Gambol (Flex instrumentation) (2020)

All Wind Works


  • Camphouse, Mark, editor. 2002. Composers on Composing for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 323-348.
  • Jack Stamp website
  • McCrann, James P. 2002. “An analysis of Stamp’s Pastime with comments by the composer.” The Instrumentalist 56, no. 8 (March 2002): 20-22, 24, 26, 28.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 670-672.
  • Pease, Andy. "Pastime by Jack Stamp." Wind Band Literature, 11 January 2022. Web.] Accessed 12 January 2022