Instrumentation: Flute 1-2, Oboe 1-2, Clarinet 1-2- 3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon 1-2, Alto Sax 1-2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Horn 1-2, Trumpet 1-2-3, Trombone 1-2-3, Euphonium, Tuba, String Bass, Piano, Timpani, Percussion 1-2-3-4.
Duration: 3 minutes
Grade Level: 3
Estimated shipping date: September 15, 2017.
A fanfare-like concert opener commissioned by the Sonoma Valley High School music department to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary. The school’s history has some interesting twists, from a two-person graduating class during its founding years, to makeshift classrooms in a church basement and the upstairs of a town store after the original building was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. In the spirit of honoring the school in its current form, I asked SVHS band director Casey Jones and his students to help create a title, offering several suggestions related to their school mascot, the dragon. They decided upon Flight of the Dragon, which I think goes excellently with this piece.