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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum (Marching)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Rocketship! is an energetic concert piece formed by two sections which express energy in different ways. The first is composed of short rhythmic patterns that start quietly before building to the end of each phrase. The second section introduces a marching snare drum solo accompanied by open fifths, known as power chords, in the winds. Brief motives accompany the sustained power chords, but quickly dissipate as a new motive begins. The different sections shrink as the composition develops until they are played one after the other at the very end.

- Program Note by Cole Hairston for the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band concert program, 18 November 2021


Rocketship! is an intense and vibrant concert opener which features a rhythmic energy highlighted by a marching snare drum. It’s quick tempo and frequent dynamic shifts provide the perfect back drop for the “liftoff” of a wind ensemble’s performance.

- Program Note from Wayne State College Symphonic Band concert program 20 April 2021


Commissioned by and dedicated to Paul Rosales, Director of Bands at William James Middle School, and the students of the William James Middle School Band Program, Fort Worth ISD.

- Program Note from score


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Reyburn Intermediate (Clovis, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Scott Downs, conductor) – 22 April 2022 (2022 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (Cole Hairston) - 18 November 2021
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 17 February 2020
  • Kings County Concert Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Cliff Croomes, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire High School 11-12 Gold Honor Band (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 2 November 2019
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Honor Band (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 26 October 2019
  • State University of New York Geneseo Wind Ensemble (Leah McGray, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • Alamosa (Colo.) State University Wind Ensemble (Angela Winter, conductor) – 18 October 2018
  • Alabama All-State Band (Julie Giroux, conductor) – 2017


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