From Wind Repertory Project
Harry L. Alford

Harry L Alford (ed. Jordan E. Kinsey)

General Info

Year: 1936 / 2022
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts – Contact editor


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Airplane effect
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Skyliner was published in 1936 and is dedicated to Alford's son Harold, a transport pilot and instructor of blind flying who would eventually become a pilot for Eastern Airlines. A new full-score edition was created in 2022. The euphonium and tuba parts are devilishly difficult.

In the original published score, Alford suggests the following method for creating the airplane effect at the end of the march: place a large metal trash can (with lid) on top of three tin cans. Place an old noisy vacuum cleaner (or just the motor portion of an indoor-outdoor style vacuum cleaner) inside and raise the lid to create the effect.

The half-note triplets in this edition are a rhythmic suggestion only. Alford's notation in the original score does not clearly indicate a particular rhythm. Percussionists and conductor are encouraged to experiment and improvise to devise an effect that makes most sense for your space and circumstances. The march can also be performed without this effect.

- Program Note by editor


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


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