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Kevin McKee

Kevin McKee

Subtitle: For Two Trumpets and Concert Band

General Info

Year: 2014 / 2016
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two trumpets and piano
Publisher: Kevin McKee Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $140.00


1. Sundown – 4:59
2. Sunup – High Noon – 5:33


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba (div.)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When New Mexico trumpeter John Marchinado contacted me about writing a duo trumpet/piano piece, my immediate thought was to do something with a Western flavor. Before, and often during, my writing of this piece I poured over photographs of New Mexico’s high desert areas, many that really embody the classic notion we have of “the West”. The first movement, Sundown, attempts to accompany a classic Western sunset. The second movement, Sunup-High Noon, opens with muted trumpets heralding the morning light. Before long we’re off on the day's adventure. The urgency of the mornings ride eventually slows as we ride into a ghost town and hear 12 ominous bell tolls signaling High Noon. The trumpets begin a duel in what is a tip of the hat to Western master Ennio Morricone. After reaching its climax we’re off again to the rousing conclusion.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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