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Ballroom Sketches

Grade 2.5, duration 3'00"

commissioned by Kristen Pomietlarz and the West Seneca East Middle School Bands

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Ballrooms have always fascinated me especially when I recently visited the Turner-Dodge House (in Lansing, MI) which has one on its third floor. The ballroom is an exciting environment from a time gone by in which patrons get together and dance the night away. This piece is a testament to human beings’ need to be social and have fun, despite what life may throw at us.



  • Standard grade 2 ranges, instrumentation, and technique
  • Part independence
  • One key change (some accidentals too)
  • Irregular phrasing (counting rests other than 2, 4, and 8 bars)
  • This would be best for advanced middle school bands, or smaller/younger high school bands

Ballroom Sketches

  • Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet in B♭ 1-2, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1-2, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet 1-2, Horn (some divisi), Trombone 1-2, Euphonium BC and TC, Tuba


    -Timpani (B♭, E♭/E, F)*

    -Glockenspiel and/or Chimes

    -Tambourine and/or any kind of shaker

    such as Maracas or Cabasa

    -Tom-tom (low or medium)

    and/or S.D. with snares off

    -Suspended Cymbal*

    *can be omitted if need be

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