Gillingham, David R.
The word “assurance” is paramount to understanding the meaning and intent of this piece. The definition of the word "assurance" renders such synonyms as "confidence," "promise," "bond," and "commitment." Each section of this joyous work alludes to some of these admirable characteristics.
Assurance was commissioned by the Huron Music Association of Huron High School to honor Stephen E. Roberts, Director of Bands, upon his retirement. Most of the melodic material of the work is derived from one of Steve Roberts’ favorite hymns, Blessed Assurance. The word “assurance” is paramount to understanding the meaning and intent of this piece. The definition of the word “assurance” renders such synonyms as “confidence,” “promise,” “bond”, and “commitment.” All of these are apropos descriptions of Steve Roberts as a person and as director of bands at Huron High School. Each section of the piece alludes to some of these admirable characteristics.
Grade Level: 5
Listen to Recording
B-flat Clarinet 2
B-flat Clarinet 3
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
B-flat Trumpet 1
B-flat Trumpet 2
B-flat Trumpet 3
F Horn 1
F Horn 2
Percussion 1: Crotales (2-oct.), Xylophone
Percussion 2: Bells, 2 Brake Drums [shared], Suspended Cymbal [shared]
Percussion 3: Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal [shared], 2 Brake Drums [shared], Snare Drum [shared]
Percussion 4: 4 Concert Toms, Marimba (4.3-oct.), Suspended Cymbal [shared], Snare Drum [shared]
Percussion 5: 2 Brake Drums [shared], Crash Cymbals, Temple Blocks
Percussion 6: Bass Drum, Ribbon Crasher