Three Latin Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
Jeff Tyzik

Jeff Tyzik

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Macaroni Music
Cost: Score and Parts (Digital) - $250.00 (available 1 June 2019)

Movements (played without pause)

1. Danzón - 3:05
2. Cha Cha - 1:40
3. Malambo - 1:40


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Guiro
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Three Latin Dances was composed for the Eastman Wind Ensemble at the request of Mark Scatterday in September of 2018. In the past twenty years, Mark has been very instrumental in encouraging me to compose wind music. I am grateful for the many wind ensemble projects and recordings we have collaborated on including IMAGES, our CD that was released in October 2018.

I’ve always been attracted to the music of great Latin composers, including de Falla, Gimenez, Chapi, Piazzolla, Ginastera, Lacuona, and many others. In this short suite, I used three different popular Latin dance forms. The first dance section is based on the Danzón, a Cuban dance that is slow, formal, and elegant. The Danzón transitions into a Cha Cha, another Cuban dance that is a medium tempo rhythmic dance that I first experienced during my student days at Eastman when I played in local Latin bands. After a brief recap of the Danzón, another transition evolves into a Malambo, an Argentine dance that is exciting, up-tempo, and whose roots can be traced back to the 1600s.

As one might imagine, the percussion section is very busy and featured throughout, from the elegant and lyrical introduction to the exciting finish.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jerianne Larson, conductor) - 25 September 2023
  • Clovis (Calif.) North High School Wind Ensemble (David Lesser, conductor) - 24 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Lone Star High School (Frisco, Tx.) Wind Symphony (Preston Hazzard, conductor) - 19 December 2022 (2022 Midwest Clinic)
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) - 13 April 2022
  • California All-State High School Symphonic Band (Marcellus Brown, conductor) – 20 February 2022 (2022 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Kraig Alan Williams, conductor) - 10 December 2021
  • University of Maine (Orono) Symphonic Band (Christopher White, conductor) - 22 April 2021
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Collins High School (Suwanee, Ga.) Wind Symphony (Jeremy Lumpkin, conductor) – 31 January 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Jochen McEvoy, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) Wind Symphony (Slade Denman, conductor) – 24 September 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 6 May 2019 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jeff Tyzik, personal correspondence, May 2019
  • Jeff Tyzik website Accessed 6 May 2019
  • McEvoy, Jochen. "Three Latin Dances." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 679-692. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.