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Jeff Tyzik

Jeff Tyzik

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 11:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Macaroni Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $275.00


Full Score
Solo Drumset
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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-IV
String Bass
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Cowbell
  • Guiro
  • Pitched Blocks
  • Surdo
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Riffs is a one-movement composition in three sections, which include a fast swing, a heavy medium swing and an Afro-Cuban finale that turns the wind ensemble into a huge jazz ensemble with the jazz drum soloist leading the way. There is an optional cadenza where the soloist can choose to work out a call-and-response section with the percussionists.

This work was premiered by Michael Burritt and the Eastman Wind Ensemble conducted by Mark Scatterday at the Chicago Midwest Clinic in December 2009.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

Media Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Morehouse, conductor; Jimmy Beers, percussion) – 4 December 2019
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 23 September 2019
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.) Symphonic Winds (Darrell Bott, conductor; Joseph Tompkins, percussion) – 27 April 2018
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • Capital Region Wind Ensemble (Schenectady, N.Y.) (Brett L. Wery, conductor; Michael Burritt, drums) – 25 March 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Kith Lienert, drums) – 2013

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Jeff Tyzik website – Accessed 29 March 2018
  • Tyzik, J. (2009). Riffs [score]. [Macaroni Music]: [Pittsford, N.Y.]