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Song for Japan, A

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Steven Verhelst

Arranged by Steven Verhelst

Subtitle: For Wind Band

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Verhelst
Cost: Score and Parts - Free

N.B There are a number of arrangements of this work by Steven Verhelst, from trombone solo to orchestra, to be found at this website. All may be downloaded free. This record describes the large wind ensemble version.


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This project, A Song for Japan, was started by Japanese trombone players living outside Japan in collaboration with a group which has deep connections to Japan and includes Japanese members. The project is open for all trombone players and music listeners to participate, no matter where you live, or what level you are: professional / amateur or individual / group.

The east-Japan earthquake and tsunami, occurred on the 11th of March 2011, hit Japan -- the most well-prepared country for earthquakes -- with the magnitude 9.0, which was highest in the history of Japan and tens of meters high-tsunami waves. It was not just a one-day thing -- there were 262 more quakes (magnitude 5.5 or higher) during the first seven days and numbers of big quakes are still happening in many areas of the eastern Japan every day. More than 27,000 people are dead or missing so far and still counting. Many cities and towns have been completely destroyed. Many survivors and evacuees have no access to life’s basic necessities and been facing serious lack of food, water, oil for heating, medication and medical equipment. The devastation by earthquakes and tsunami, as well as the nuclear accidents, is so deep that the entire country still doesn't know the full impact of the disaster. People have no idea how many years it will take to rebuild their homes and lives, and for their smiles to return. We can hardly imagine what they would have to get through in the processes -- more earthquakes, dealing with the loss of family members and friends, the loss of homes, towns, offices, jobs and much more. It is very important that support and prayers are given not only right now, after the biggest quake but ongoing until everyone in East-North Japan has rebuilt their lives.

We musicians can do it. Especially trombone players, who can sound good outdoors, produce beautiful music, play many different styles of music and love to gather to play together, can collaborate without borders and raise awareness.

This webpage compiles tools that might help your playing for charity. Please use them to start your own charity.

We would like to pray all the victim's souls may rest in peace. Our sympathy and warmest wishes are with people of Tohoku Area in Japan.

- Program Note by project organization members

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Rusty Elster, conductor) – 5 March 2020

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