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Rhythm Stand

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Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Band Quest
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score - $5.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb)
Horn in F
String Bass
Piano (Opt.)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Slapstick (whip)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone

Ad hoc rhythm devices: tapping music stands with pencils, snapping fingers, etc.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rhythm Stand pays tribute to the constant presence of rhythm in our lives, from the pulse of a heart beating to the rhythmic sounds of the world around us. Celebrating the "regular order" we all experience, Jennifer Higdon incorporates traditional and non-traditional sound within a 4/4 meter American style swing to heighten student awareness and enhance their creativity. Organized in unique compositional and rhythmic patterns, this work invites students to explore multiple ways of organizing sounds and making music.

In the composer's own words:

"Since rhythm is everywhere, not just in music (ever listened to the tires of a car running across pavement, or a train on railroad tracks?), I've incorporated sounds that come not from the instruments that you might find in a band, but from 'objects' that sit nearby ... music stands and pencils! Music stands are played with pencils, which are both 'objects' at hand. Not only that, but some of the performers in this piece get even more basic ... they snap their fingers. Because music can be any kind of sound arranged into an interesting pattern, I decided to add sounds that you wouldn't normally hear coming from band instruments, sounds which are created out of ordinary things that might be sitting nearby. Composing is merely the job of combining interesting sounds into interesting patterns. And interesting patterns create cool rhythms. So ... I'm making a STAND FOR RHYTHM!"

Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Wind Ensemble (Michael Griffith, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • Grisham Middle School (Austin, Tx.) Honors Band (Liz Love, conductor) - 20 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Russell Elster, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • University of Louisville Concert Band, (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 20 February 2019
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Christian Fernandez, conductor) – 15 February 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Eric Wiltshire, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Tamey Anglley, conductor) - 16 October 2018
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor)- 19 May 2018
  • Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.) Wind Ensemble (Jackie Lordo, conductor) - 29 April 2018
  • Duke (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 24 February 2018
  • John Hersey High School (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Scott Casagrande, conductor) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
  • California All-State Junior High School Concert Band (John Burn, conductor) - 18 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Prairie Star Middle School Band – 6 December 2017
  • Northshore Concert Band (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 8 February 2015

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