Pop Music

From Wind Repertory Project
Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro

Subtitle: For wind band and prerecorded audio

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Activist Music LLC, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – Available 2022


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Audio accompaniment track with click, for conductor
Audio accompaniment track for performance
"and…perhaps some balloons."


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Pop Music celebrates dedicated band students who were unable to do something they love -- gather, rehearse, and perform -- for an extended period due to precautions against the Coronavirus pandemic. A circus-like atmosphere often accompanies the seriousness of our times, and a little clown-like silliness and, uh, balloonacy … may be good for a much-needed laugh after years of uncertainty in which the only constant has been the lack of constancy.

As for the title? It's an ironic nod to all our unmet expectations. This piece is neither pop music, nor does a single balloon explode. At least, not intentionally!

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Glenbard North High School [Carol Stream, Ill.] Bands and Music Boosters, and the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation. Dedicated to the Band Senior Class of 2020, Lauren Whisnant, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.) Symphonic Band (Daniel Tembras, conductor) - 13 October 2022

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