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Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini (arr. Johnnie Vinson)

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Subtitle: From the Motion Picture The Great Race

General Info

Year: 1965 / 2012
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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 I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the classic movie The Great Race, starring Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Jack Lemmon, here is the Mancini gem featured in the memorable and climactic pie fight scene, promoted as the greatest pie fight ever.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Fauquier Community Band (Warrenton, Va.) (Katrina Bryant, conductor) - 20 March 2023
  • Rochester Community Concert Band (Rochester Hills, Ill.) (Paul F. DeRubeis, conductor) - 10 May 2022
  • Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band (Farmington) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 29 March 2020
  • Empire Wind Ensemble (Highland, Calif.) (Jessica Swanson, conductor) – 12 June 2019
  • Gaston Symphonic Band (Gastonia, N.C.) (John Gunter, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • Solano Winds (Fairfield, Calif.) (Bill Doherty, conductor) – 9 March 2018
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Concert Band (Lorelei Allison Conrad, conductor) – 9 October 2016
  • Cameron (Mo.) Municipal Band (Ann Goodwin Clark, conductor) – 19 June 2016 (Missouri Bandmasters Association Convention)
  • Shadow Ridge (Tex.) Middle School Honor Winds (Alicia DeSoto, conductor) – 19 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)
  • Medina (Ohio) Community Band (Marcus Neiman, conductor) - 2012

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