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Saiai No Sensei

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Gary P. Gilroy

Gary P Gilroy

The title translates from the Japanese as "beloved teacher."

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: GPG Productions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $79.00; (digital) - $79.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
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
Percussion I-VII, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Concert Toms (4)
  • Gong
  • Hi-Hat
  • Jam Block
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom (mid low)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cascading dissonance, mixed meter, tons of syncopation, and an aggressive style characterize this programmatic piece. This challenging work is percussion intensive.

- Program Note from publisher

Saiai No Sensei means "beloved teacher," and this piece is dedicated to Dr. Terry Austin, for the impact he has had on my career and on the Skyhawk Band program. He is truly beloved to me. I will always cherish his guidance, friendship, and faith in me.

- Program Note by Emily M. Oyan

Commissioned by the Lloyd C. Byrd High School Skyhawk Band, Emily M. Oyan, Director, to honor the career of Dr. Terry Austin. Premiered on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia with Dr. Gary Gilroy conducting and Dr. Terry Austin in attendance.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Terry Austin, conductor) - 11 June 2022
  • Lloyd C. Byrd High School Skyhawk Band (Richmond, Va.) (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor)] – 15 May 2020 *Premiere Performance*

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