Time Travels

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Thurston

Robert Thurston

Subtitle: Caprice for Band

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c.
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Air Force Band
Cost: Free. See Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo (doubling 3rd flute)
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 (I doubling piccolo trumpet)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Egg Shaker
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The United States Air Force Band is proud to present the premiere performance of Time Travels, written by the chief arranger and programming manager for The U.S. Air Force Band, Senior Master Sgt. Robert Thurston. Discussing his work, he states:

"In composing Time Travels, I wanted to highlight the virtuosity of the musicians in the Air Force Band - not just their ability to play lots of fast notes, but also their skill in navigating rhythmically complex melodies set against shifting time signatures. There is no underlying programmatic idea or structure: it is a free-form caprice, moving easily from one idea to the next, going wherever my ear happened to lead me that day.

"As I was completing Time Travels, I was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. James E. Croft, one of my teachers and mentors at Florida State University, and a tremendous musical and personal influence. It was at Dr. Croft’s urging that I auditioned as an arranger for the Air Force Band in 1993 - a life-altering decision that still reminds me of Jim Croft as someone who cared about his students long after they graduated, who instinctively understood their gifts, and who never stopped trying to help them find their place in the world. Time Travels is gratefully dedicated to his memory.”

- Program note by TSgts. David Balandrin and Ricky Parrell


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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