Walkup, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Jennifer Jolley (photo: Liz Glenn)

Jennifer Jolley

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: (Digital) Jennifer Jolley; (Physical) Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Since the students at Van Wert Middle School are celebrating their 90th anniversary, I wanted to write them something that was not only celebratory but also motivating – my hope for these middle schoolers is for them to accomplish great things in high school and beyond.

Therefore, I wrote these kids a walkup song (a song that pumps up a baseball player and inspires them to get on base or drive their teammates home). One of my favorite walkup songs is from Cincinnati Red first baseman Joey Votto. Every time he steps up to the plate, the Rolling Stones' tune Paint It Black blasts from the speakers at Great American Ballpark. And so, I hope to channel the drive from Joey Votto and his walkup song and impart this onto the students at Van Wert Middle School.

The Walkup was commissioned by the Van Wert Middle School Bands, Tina Decker, Director, in honor of their 90th anniversary through funds generously donated by Mary Marxen.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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