Off and Away! celebrates the adventure of a road trip with great friends, passing through bustling cities, calming countrysides, beautiful blue oceans, and finally returning home, reflecting on the wonderful times had by all.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 4:15
B-flat Clarinet 1
B-flat Clarinet 2
B-flat Clarinet 3
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
B-flat Trumpet 1
B-flat Trumpet 2
B-flat Trumpet 3
Timpani (3 drums)
Keyboard Percussion (Bells, Xylophone)
Percussion 1 & 2 (Snare Drum, Bass Drum)
Percussion 3 & 4 (Suspended Cymbal, Hi-Hat, Mark Tree, Tambourine, Crash Cymbals, Castanets)
Off and Away! represents an incredible automobile ride with a group of friends. Imagine a trip through a busy town where you pass by all the attractions and entertainment venues. The vehicle travels past bustling hotels and down the packed main street. As time passes, the journey takes the group out into the country where lighthouses and country homes can be seen along side the endless beautiful blue ocean. Finally, the friends return back to the busy town they love and call home, remembering the fun adventure they just had.
Conversely, this piece is dedicated to two friends that I enjoyed similar experiences with. Without their kind words, wisdom and friendship, I honestly believe I would not be where I am today. The time with them, although shortlived, has been and always will remain with me. I am humbled to be associated with them and my experiences have been the inspiration for this work. Thanks to R.S. and S.H. for everything!