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We Seven

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Derek M Jenkins

Derek M Jenkins

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mühltal Musikpresse (available through Derek M. Jenkins)
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00 (print) or $40.00 (digital)   |   Score Only - $30.00 (print) or $10.00 (digital)


Full Score - Wind Ensemble
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (2-doubles Crystal Glasses)
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV (3 & 4-doubles Crystal Glasses)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbals (different sizes)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangles (small, med., large)
  • Vibraphone
  • Water-filled glasses


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

How many things have been denied one day,
only to become realities the next!
- Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon

We Seven, the title of this work, comes from a book by the same name written by the U.S.'s first astronauts. In 1959, the U.S. entered the space race by starting a program whose main aims included sending a solo astronaut into space and recovering him safely. Project Mercury, as this program was so called, recruited the first seven American astronauts and successfully sent six of them into space. These men were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton, and collectively they became known as the "Mercury Seven." Through their efforts and those of countless others, the U.S. Space Program accomplished much with these six flights, including successfully sending an astronaut into space, putting a man in orbit, and keeping him up there for more than 24 hours. In 1962, shortly after Glenn and Carpenter's orbital flights, the "Mercury Seven" co-wrote the book We Seven, and throughout it the astronauts discuss the events leading from their selection into the program up through Carpenter's flight in May of 1962.

The primary material for the work comes from two sources: the use of musical cryptograms to encode the astronauts' names and initials into pitches and the aria Un bel dì vedremo from Giacomo Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly. The inclusion of the latter comes directly from one of Glenn's chapters in the book. Together with a couple of the other astronauts, he would often listen to the opera to unwind from a long day of training. I would like to think that as he was orbiting the earth that this opera, particularly this aria, would be running through his mind.

This work commemorates the Project Mercury on the 50th anniversary of its conclusion and was written for Joseph Parisi and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Ensemble.

The version for brass band has been prepared by the composer for the Fountain City Brass Band.

-Program Note by Derek M Jenkins


  • Missouri State University Composition Festival Winner, 2016

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond) Symphonic Band (Andrew J. Putnam, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ogechi Ukazu, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John Watkins Jr., conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Oliver, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 23 January 2019
  • Annual Conference of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 26 May 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All-College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) Wind Ensemble (Adam V. Fontana, conductor) – 4 November 2017
  • University of Houston (Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) - 28 April 2017
  • Georgia Governor's Honors Program (Valdosta) (Russell Brown, conductor) - 5 July 2016
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan Kelly, conductor) - 4 May 2016
  • Missouri State University (Springfield) Wind Ensemble (Craig B. Davis, conductor) - 1 March 2016
  • Seattle Wind Symphony (Shoreline, Wash.) (John Falskow, conductor) - 27 February 2016
  • Missouri State University (Springfield) Wind Ensemble (Craig B. Davis, conductor) - 22 February 2016
  • Fountain City Brass Band (Chicago, Ill.) (Joseph Parisi, conductor) - 16 December 2015
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (Garrett Griffin, conductor) - 12 November 2015
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (W. Dale Warren, conductor) - 20 April 2015
  • Henderson Sate University (Arkadelphia, AR) Wind Ensemble (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) - 8 March 2015
  • Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff) Wind Symphony (Yudai Ueda, conductor) - 13 October 2014
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) - 7 May 2014

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Fountains (Adaptable Band) (2014/2020)
  • Kolo (Flex instrumentation) (2015/2020)
  • Solar Flare (Flex instrumentation) (2019/2020)

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