Taking the Fifth (2021)

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter Meechan

Peter Meechan

General Info

Year: 2020 / 2021
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Adaptable band
Publisher: Meechan Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Toms
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written during the Covid-19 pandemic, originally as an adaptable chart, Taking the Fifth takes its title from both the primary interval of the work as well as from a general British expression that when something is outrageous, remarkable, or the worse of its kind that it “takes the biscuit”. Given that the piece was written during the Covid-19, and that even more unpredictable news that followed every day during the pandemic, it seemed an apt title!

Upbeat, occasionally dark, but always with drive and a sense of fun, Taking the Fifth was the piece that got my creative juices flowing again, having initially found myself pretty lost for inspiration during the early stages of pandemic.

Taking the Fifth is dedicated to my dear friend, Robert Ambrose.

- Program Note by composer


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 21 March 2023

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