Swamp Rabbit Stomp

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (Flute)
Flute I-II
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Egg Shakers (multiple)
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Shaker
  • Shekere
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (Large)
  • Triangle
  • Toms (2)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The swamp rabbit is a large furry member of the cottontail family, indigenous to swamps and wetlands of the southern United States, and reportedly docile and agreeable. Creating a brief moment of notoriety of his species, one swamp rabbit in 1979 had a famous encounter with President Jimmy Carter while the president was fishing from a small boat. The incident became known as the killer rabbit attack, but from all accounts ended harmlessly enough for all concerned. Of greater lasting value is the “Swamp Rabbit Trail” which winds a scenic and beautiful path in the Greenville area of South Carolina and pass through the campus of Furman University.

Commissioned by the 2015 South Carolina All-State Junior Band and written to celebrate the natural scenic beauty of that state's famed Swamp Rabbit Trail, Michael Sweeney's Swamp Rabbit Stomp is a joyous romp of rhythm and harmony. Exploring layers of sounds as well as an expanded role for the percussion section, this work also calls for a middle section where all members of the band perform with egg shakers.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Monarch High School (Louisville, Colo.) Wind Ensemble (Chuck Stephen, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Birch, conductor) – 21 October 2017
  • DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) Community Concert Band (Terry Redford, conductor) - 16 October 2017
  • 2015 Junior All-State (South Carolina) Concert Band (Michael Sweeney, conductor) – 8 March 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


None discovered thus far.