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commissioned by the River City Brass Band, Music Director Denis Colwell
Fanfare and Theme
Drew Fennell, composer


Denis Colwell, Conductor and Music Director of the River City Brass Band suggested I might compose a concert-opener/fanfare for the band. As I knew there was to be a new recording project with the band in 2002 (Polished Brass), I thought it might be a good idea to complete this in time for inclusion, and I managed to finish it just in time for the final rehearsal before the recording.

For me, the piece always had a sort of Imperial Roman quality to it - maybe just because of the opening couple of measures, with its well-defined tonality and heavy instrumentation. It just feels to me like something that could have been played during "Spartacus" or "Gladiator" or something along those lines.

I chuckle every time I hear the ending of the piece. The final long note chord and its voicing is just about exactly the same as John William's ending to the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" theme. John Williams has been my idol since I first learned he wrote the theme to "Star Wars," so I suppose whatever music I write will always be influenced by his. Imitation, after all, is the sincerest form of flattery.

  • Fanfare and Theme is published by Drew Fennell Publishing.
    Available for Brass Band, Wind Band and Orchestra.

  • View the full conductor's score of Fanfare and Theme [wind band version]*.

  • Hear Fanfare and Theme in a live performance (complete) by the Hofstra University Symphonic Band, Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Music Director (Mindy Dragovich, Guest Conductor) [wind band version]*.

  • Hear a short sample of Fanfare and Theme by the River City Brass Band, Denis Colwell, Music Director, from the compact disc recording Polished Brass [brass band version]*.

*Right click on the link and choose Save Target As... to download the file.

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Wind Band Instrumentation

1st Flute
2nd Flute
1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd Clarinet in Bb
3rd Clarinet in Bb
Bass Clarinet in Bb
1st Alto Saxophone in Eb
2nd Alto Saxophone in Eb
Tenor Saxophone in Bb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb
1st Trumpet in Bb
2nd Trumpet in Bb
3rd Trumpet in Bb
1st Horn in F
2nd Horn in F
3rd Horn in F
4th Horn in F
1st Trombone
2nd Trombone
3rd Bass Trombone
Euphonium T.C. or B.C.

(4 or 5 players)
Percussion includes:
snare drum
bass drum

Fanfare and Theme is heavily cued and may be effectively performed without the oboe, bassoon, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone or a full complement of horns. Doubling is ideal for some parts, but it is certainly not required.

Brass Band Instrumentation

Soprano Cornet in Eb
Solo Cornet in Bb
1st Cornet in Bb
Repieno Cornet in Bb
2nd Cornet in Bb
3rd Cornet in Bb
Flugelhorn in Bb
1st Horn in Eb*
2nd Horn in Eb*
3rd Horn in Eb*

1st Baritone*
2nd Baritone*
1st Trombone*
2nd Trombone*
3rd Bass Trombone
1st & 2nd Euphonium*
1st & 2nd Tuba in Eb*
3rd & 4th Tuba in Bb*

(4 or 5 players)
Percussion includes:
snare drum
bass drum

*Parts for Horn in F as well as parts for Baritone, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba in bass clef also available.

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