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Water Bear Jig

Full Orchestra
String Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Solo Instrumental

   The Water Bear, pictured to the right and whose scientific name is the "tardigrade," is a fascinating microscopic creature with four pairs of legs. It is known for its hardiness, able to survive in some of the most extreme conditions, including freezing cold, burning heat, and in the vacuum of space. But its striking appearance and awkward way of moving is what this music captures. This jig is a bit lumbering, not quite reaching the tempo or energy of a typical jig, and the harmonies are a bit quirky.

Water Bear Jig was commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles, including:
   The University of Memphis, Dr. Armand V. Hall, Associate Director of Bands
   Rowan University, Dr. Joseph Higgins, Director of Bands
   Viera High School, Dominick Eggen, Director of Bands
   Oyster Bay High School, Matthew Sisia, Director of Band
   Woodhaven High School, Bradley Faryniarz, Director of Bands.

Duration: ca 2'30"
Grade: 3.5

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    Full Wind Ensemble Instrumentation:
  • 1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 3 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon
  • 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
  • 2 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba
  • Timpani, 5 Percussion (Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Woodblocks, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum, Triangle)
  • Piano (optional), Double Bass

  • Flexible Wind Ensemble Instrumentation:
  • 1: Flute/Clarinet/Trumpet
  • 2: Flute/Oboe/Clarinet/Alto Saxophone/Trumpet
  • 3: Clarinet/Trumpet/Alto Saxophone/French Horn
  • 4: Tenor Saxophone/French Horn/Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon
  • 5: Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone/Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon/Double Bass/Tuba
  • Percussion: Timpani, Vibraphone/Marimba, 3 Percussion: Snare Drum, Wood Blocks, Tambourine, Susp. Cymbal, Triangle, Bass Drum

Watch the premiere by the 2018 Tennessee All West Blue Band, conducted by Dr. Armand Hall:

Flex version score:

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Water Bear Jig
Date of performance

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