Star of Dreams, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 6:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I
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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos (or Toms)
  • Chimes (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong (or Tam-Tam)
  • Maracas (or Beaded Gourd)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Toms (low)
  • Triangle
  • Whips
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The history of the United States has taken many paths on many fronts. The legend and lore of the Old West, a significant part of this heritage, is perhaps no more prevalent than in Texas, the Lone Star State. This land of American courage and pioneer dreams was the inspiration for this work.

With the mission bells ringing in the air, the work opens with a bold fanfare. The fanfare gives way to the fast and furious “Los Diablos Tejanos.” Aptly titled, this section of the work is based upon the significant contributions and sacrifices of the Texas Rangers. The Mexican Army referred to these skilled and relentless lawmen as the Texas Devils.

The natural beauty of the state is often overlooked. From the pristine shores on the Gulf of Mexico to the Hill Country, from the urban towers that seem to reach to the sky to the desert southwest, Texas is a land of geographic contrasts. Perhaps the visual image that ties together these various regions is the annual appearance of bluebonnets, the state flower. As one gazes upon the fields in shades of blue, time seems to stop as the color stands in stark contrast to the landscape. The quiet and reflective center of the work is titled In the fields of Blue as our journey through Texas time and space continues.

Stampede. The mere mention of the word conjures images of amazing power as the longhorns blaze across the range in clouds of dust. However, in a more historic interpretation, the “stampede” west by the early pioneers laid the foundation for a nation that now reaches from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans. The final section of the work entitled Stampede celebrates the vision and perseverance of those early pioneers who helped forge a new nation.

Texas...The Lone Star State...The Star of Dreams.

Commissioned by the 2002 ATSSB All-State Band by the Association of Texas Small School Bands, Gary Robbins, President.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Mississippi: V-A
  • Tennessee: V


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