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Raise the Roof

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Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty

Subtitle: For Timpani and Band

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peer Music Ltd.
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental     |     Score Only - $29.95


Full Score
Timpani Solo
Piccolo (doubles Flute)
Oboes I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II (I doubles Soprano Saxophone)
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb or C) I-II-III
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass (2)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum (large)
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Finger Cymbals (large)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Metal Plate (ringing)
  • Tambourine (small and medium)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Raise the Roof is inspired by the construction of grand architectural wonders such as the Notre Dame Cathedral (1345) in Paris and the Empire State Building (1931) in New York City. I create a grand acoustic construction by bringing the timpani into the foreground and giving the timpanist the rare opportunity to play long expressive melodies, and a tour de force cadenza. I incorporate a wide variety of timpani performance techniques: extensive use of foot pedals for melodic tuning of the drums, placement of a cymbal upside down on the head of the lowest drum to play glissandi rolls, and striking the drums with regular mallets, wire brushes, maraca sticks and even bare hands.

Raise the Roof is in the form of a double variation. The first theme of the double variation, played initially by the tuba, is presented in various timbral and rhythmic guises such as "guaguanco". The second theme of the double variation, first heard in the flutes and then the timpani, is reminiscent of a medieval plainchant. The two themes are passed around in canons and fugues and other permutations throughout the ensemble to create elaborate patterns, as in a gothic cathedral. Raise the Roof rises toward a crescendo of urban polyrhythms and dynamic contrasts, allowing the timpani and the symphonic band to create a grand acoustic construction.

Raise the Roof for Timpani and Symphonic Band was commissioned and premiered by the University of Michigan Symphony Band. The world premiere was performed by the University of Michigan Symphony Band, conducted by Michael Haithcock, with Andre Dowell, timpani, at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on March 30, 2007.

- Program Note by Michael Daugherty


Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (David Robinson, conductor; Ben Charles, timpani) - 7 November 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Bryan P. Sherlock, conductor; David Constantine, timpani) – 6 June 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor; Caleb Pickering, timpani) – 13 March 2019
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor; Corey Robinson, timpani) – 10 November 2018
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor; George Willis, timpani) – 24 September 2018
  • Acadian Wind Symphony (Lafayette, La.) (Gerald Guilbeaux, conductor; Brett Landry, timpani) - 29 June 2018
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Michael Hancock, conductor; Lance Drage, timpani) – 20 November 2017
  • Los Angeles Symphonic Winds (Calabasas, Calif.) (Stephen Piazza, conductor; Theresa Dimond, timpani) – 18 June 2017
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Joseph Manfredo, conductor; Francis Favis, timpani)– 29 April 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor; Caleb Conner, timpani) – 24 February 2017
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Brett Baecum, conductor; Timothy K. Adams, Jr., timpani) – 18 November 2015
  • University of Texas Wind Symphony (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Tony Edwards, timpani) – 7 April 2015
  • Eastman Wind Ensemble (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) - 28 January 2015
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor; John Astaire, timpani) - 6 June 2014
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Gary Green, conductor; Svetoslav Stoyanov, timpani) – 20 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor, John Astaire, timpani) - 11 May 2013
  • San Jose Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor; Galen Lemmon, timpani) - 6 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))
  • Ohio State University Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) - 1 December 2009
  • West Liberty University Wind Ensemble (Jay Ware, timpani; Matthew Inkster, conductor) - 19 November 2009
  • West Chester University Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hanning, timpani; Andrew Yozviak, conductor) - 1 October 2009

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None discovered thus far.