Eastern Ascent

concert band realization by Evensong Productions, Inc.

For Concert Band

Prepare for a dramatic musical journey along one of America’s most beautiful backroads, the Beartooth Highway. Eastern Ascent takes a white-knuckled climb from the lush forest floor of Rock Creek Canyon up steep switchbacks past sheer 2,000 foot drops to the highway’s summit amid the alpine tundra at 10, 947 feet of elevation. The music’s tension matches the roadway’s rising elevation in incremental shifts from calm sonorities to raucously intense dissonances. Brief roadside respites appear as islands of quiet lyricism. The band unites in jubilant exultation as it depicts the extraordinary other worldliness and wildness viewed at the highway’s peak. Listen for hints of the motive from the classic hymn tune HAMBURG in the respites and in the climax. Eastern Ascent is set for large scale concert band or wind ensemble and is suitable for advanced high school and higher players. Purchase price includes full score and set of parts.


Duration: ~9’00”






Eastern Ascent is an experience of persistently increasing tension interspersed with moments of respite culminating in awe and grandeur. The 2nd movement of Shostakovitch’s 7th symphony played a large role in the inspiring the overall structure of the piece. The score is transposed but is keyless, as are the parts. Difficulty level is grade 4+.

• Piccolo
• Flute 1, 2 (separate parts, and below)
• Oboe 1, 2
• English Horn
• Bassoon 1, 2
• Eb Clarinet
• Bb Clarinet 1, 2, 3
• Bass Clarinet 1, 2
• Eb Contrabass Clarinet
• Bb Contrabass Clarinet (alternate)
• Eb Alto Saxophone 1, 2
• Bb Tenor Saxophone
• Eb Baritone Saxophone
• Trumpet in Bb 1, 2, 3
• Trumpet in C 1, 2, 3 (alternate)
• Horn in F 1, 2, 3, 4
• Trombone 1, 2
• Bass Trombone
• Euphonium 1, 2
• Baritone T.C. 1, 2 (alternate)
• Tuba 1, 2
• Timpani (4)
• Percussion 1 (Vibraphone, Bass Drum, Cabassa, Rainstick, Tam Tam)
• Percussion 2 (Mark Tree, Chimes, Sus. Cym., Triangle, Crotales (1 octave), Xylophone, Tam Tam, Glock. Tambourine)
• Percussion 3 (Gong(2), Tam Tam, Snare Drum, Mark Tree, Sus. Cym., Crash Cym.)
• Percussion 4 (Marimba, Glock., Vibraphone, Triangle, Granite Block (low), Sus. Cym., Crash Cym.)
• Double Bass (OPTIONAL)

Robert Myers


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