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Three Stars of Tennessee

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Gary P. Gilroy

Gary P Gilroy

General Info

Year: 2007 / 2009
Duration: c. 6:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


1. Smoky Mountain Jig
2. Plantation Sunrise
3. Johnny on the River


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe 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
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum, muted
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales (or Vibes)
  • Finger Cymbals, antique
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Pie Pan
  • Rainstick
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Washboard (or Guiro)
  • Whip, large and small
  • Wind Chimes, metal, glass and bamboo
  • Wood Block, high and low


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Three Stars of Tennessee was inspired by the three distinct cultural, political and geographical regions of Tennessee often referred to as the "Three states of Tennessee", as represented by the three stars on the Tennessee state flag. The Tennessee River nearly slices the state into three sections, and history has shown the peoples of these regions to be as different as their geography.

East Tennessee is proud of their "mountain folk," who live around the Great Smokey Mountains, a region of the Appalachian Mountain Range. As a salute them, the first movement is an original Irish jig.

The second movement depicts the "plains people" of middle Tennessee. This great agricultural land is represented in Plantation Sunrise.

The third movement attempts to reflect life on the Mississippi River in West Tennessee. The minstrel theme and percussion effects depict the paddling of the river boat as it contributed to the vigorous business and social life of the mighty Mississippi.

Commissioned by the Maryville City Schools Foundation for the Maryville Intermediate School 6th Grade Wind Ensemble and premiered at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: III
  • Tennessee: IV


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