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Toccata for Band (Erickson)

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Frank Erickson

Frank Erickson

General Info

Year: 1957
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bourne Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.75   |   Score Only - $12.75


Full Score
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone (optional Alto Clarinet)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Frank Erickson's Toccata for Band has been extremely popular among high school and college bands ever since it was first published. Essentially two ideas are expressed in the Allegro non troppo and Andante con moto sections. The first, featuring the trumpets and clarinets, is quick and rhythmic; the second, featuring a horn solo, is slow and lyrical.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Massachusetts: I
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Michigan: Junior High AA
  • Minnesota: III
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band B
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Oregon: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Nevada Reno Chamber Winds (Reed Chamberlain, conductor) - 7 April 2022
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Campus Band (Adam Friedrich, conductor) - 9 March 2021
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Kehler, conductor) - 17 February 2021
  • University of Arizona Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) - 11 December 2020 (Virtual)
  • Ashland (Ohio) University Symphonic Winds (Joseph Lewis, conductor) - 20 November 2020
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwabe, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • Baldwin-Wallace University (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • Friends University (Wichita, Kan.) Concert Band (Shawn M. Knopp, conductor) - 10 February 2020
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Courtney Farwell, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Turlock (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Daniel Baudino, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Nicholas Waldron, conductor) – 25 March 2019
  • Carlisle High School Band (Price, Tx.) (Christopher Clifton, conductor) - 15 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Eric Wiltshire, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 30 May 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Sara Devine, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Concert Band (Will Sugg, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsbrg, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) – 24 April 2017
  • Hanford (Calif.) High School Concert Band (Janet Levine, conductor) - 24 March 2017 (2017 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Concert Band (Jonathan Poquette, conductor) – 15 February 2017
  • Wheaton North High School Concert Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 3 March 2016
  • Cary Town Band (Cary, N.C.) (Joan Fleming, conductor) - 24 October 2014
  • Texas Tech University Concert Band - October 17, 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • A Conductor's Outline by David Goza
  • Erickson, Frank. “Air for Band and Toccata for Band.” BD Guide 6/3 (January-February 1992): 27ff. Reprinted in Performance Study Guides of Essential Works for Band, edited by Kenneth L. Neidig. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications, 2009. pp. 68–72.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 389-394.
  • Pease, Andy. "Toccata for Band by Frank Erickson." Wind Band Literature, 23 February 2022. Web. Accessed 23 February 2022
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 196.