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Suite for Winds and Percussion

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Johnnie Vinson

Johnnie Vinson

Subtitle: Remembering Daniel Pratt

General Info

Year: 2008 / 2009
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


1. Fanfare for a New Era
2. Ode: The Southern Landscape
3. Perpetual Motion: Machines


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-hat
  • Mark Tree
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Daniel Pratt was born in Temple, New Hampshire, in 1799. In 1831, Pratt, a carpenter, builder, and architect by trade, realized the advantage of taking cotton gin manufacturing to the South, and he and his family moved to Autauga County, Alabama. In 1836, Pratt purchased land on Autauga Creek. It was on this land that he would realize a lifelong goal: the building of a town, Prattville, as the site for his enterprises. He established a cotton gin factory, a cotton mill, a grist mill, a woolen mill, and a foundry, which employed more than 200 people combined. After a while, Pratt's gin business had grown so large that he contracted with business firms in six southern cities to sell his gins. Pratt had become the largest cotton gin manufacturer in the world. At the end of the Civil War, he shifted his reliance upon a cotton economy to the new industrial standard: iron and railroad transportation.

Daniel Pratt helped Alabama achieve a place in the industrial world. In the process, he made an enduring mark for himself in the history of the state. Today, he is known as "Alabama's First Industrialist."

Suite for Winds and Percussion was commissioned by and dedicated to the Prattville High School Band and its director, Jon Bowman. Written during August and September 2008, the three movements of the suite endeavor to look back on the life of Daniel Pratt and the time and place where he lived.

The first movement, Fanfare for a New Era: The Industrial Revolution, hails the arrival of the period in the late 18th and early 19th centuries when major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation had a profound effect on the socio-economic and cultural conditions in the world. It was during this time that Pratt lived.

The second movement, Ode: The Southern Landscape, is a musical poem reflecting on the lush green land, filled with abundant game and water, that Pratt found in Autauga County, Alabama.

The final movement, Perpetual Motion: Machines, recalls the constant driving energy of the machinery at work in Pratt's cotton gin factory.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: IV


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