Wildcat Run


Grade 4.5

for concert band

​TAMUC wind ensemble – Phillip Clements


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Wildcat Run

for concert band

Commissioned by the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble, for the 100th anniversary of the University of Kentucky. Cody Birdwell, Director.

duration: 6′

instrumentation: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 Bb clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, contrabass clarinet
saxophones: soprano, 2 altos, tenor, baritone
3 Bb trumpets, 4 french horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, 2 euphoniums, 2 tubas
timpani, harp, piano, double bass
perc 1: glockenspiel, crotales, xylophone
perc 2: vibraphone, triangle, cymb. a2, china cymbal, wind chimes, glockenspiel
perc 3: tambourine, triangle, wood block, sus. cymbal, cymb. a2
perc 4: snare drum
perc 5: bass drum, triangle
perc 6: tam-tam, wood block, slap-sticks, chimes

The music:

During a visit with Cody (John) Birdwell, director of bands at the University of Kentucky, he made the “mistake” of mentioning to me that they hadn’t yet decided upon an exciting opener/closer for their Carnegie Hall trip to celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary. During my drive away from campus, I decided to give him a call, mentioning that if he wanted to discuss something new, I’d be interested. Several months later, it was decided, and”Wildcat Run” (my title) was launched.

As directed, Wildcat Run is designed to be nothing but solid fun for 6 minutes. I tried to highlight every section of the group, based on my recollections of the visit I had with them several months prior. Additionally, hints of “My Old Kentucky Home” are present – especially for the discerning ear – as a nod to those responsible for the commission, and for those who will be celebrating the University of Kentucky’s 100 year “run” at such an important event.

My sincerest thanks to Cody, for engaging me in such a fun collaboration, and to those in the consortium(listed below) for supporting this new work for concert bands.

Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas – Daniel Belongia

Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois – James Lambrecht

Eastman Wind Ensemble Rochester, New York – Mark Scatterday

Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida – Patrick Dunnigan and Richard Clary

Gustavas Adolphus College Saint Peter, Minnesota – James Patrick Miller

Illinois State University Normal, Illinois – Anthony Marinello

Lockport Township High School Lockport, Illinios – Brian Covey

Port Washington UFSD Port Washington, New York – Kevin Scully

Texas A&M University College Station, Texas – Tim Rhea

Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, Texas – Phil Clements

Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas – Bobby Francis

University of Kentucky Alumni Band Association Lexington, Kentucky

University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee  – Albert Nguyen

University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee – Don Ryder

Wheaton Municipal Band Wheaton, Illinois – Bruce Moss


Jim Stephenson; March 19, 2019

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