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Nicole Piunno

Nicole Piunno

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 1:40
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00

Instrumentation (Adaptable Band)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • B-flat Trumpet I

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet II

Part 3

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • F Horn

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba

Percussion I-II-III

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

You Decide is a march-style piece that allows the students to play a role in the composition process. Students have the opportunity to decide which phrases to play throughout the piece and these decisions ultimately determine how the piece sounds.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

This piece is written for five parts (plus optional percussion) to accommodate various instrumentations in a concert band setting. I want to give students the opportunity to play a role in the composition process; therefore, the piece is set up so each part has an option A and an option B line. The teacher and students can decide which option to play every eight bars. For example, the instruments on Part 1 can all play option A for measures 1-8, while Parts 2-5 play option B. Every eight bars the students on each part can decide which option to play.

One possible way to approach learning the piece is to have the band all learn option A together, followed by learning option B together. After the students have a good grasp on the piece, more freedom can be given over which option to play every eight bars. The wind parts are set up with eight measures per line so that the students can use a pencil to circle line A or B to help remember which line they are supposed to play.

I did not give an option of part A or B between m. 17-25 and m. 41-end, therefore lines A and B are the same during those phrases.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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