The River

Wind Ensemble  •  Grade 3  •  Aggressively q=132  •  ca. 5:00

The River

Wind Ensemble (Grade 3)

Stephen Hill (ASCAP)

SARAHTIM Music Publishing

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About the Dedication…

The River was composed in the summer of 2018 as a gift to my nephew, Tim Avery. A talented young musician, Tim is a Texas native and recent graduate of Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Ark. Tim is currently in the early years of his Band Directing Career. I wish him all the best as he navigates the twists and turns of the River of teaching with the successes and challenges that will come along his way. May God richly bless his steps as he pours his life into his students.


About the Work…

Fly fishing is a great joy for me. I find it relaxing standing or wading in a river or stream casting about in the current with my fly rod. 


Like a river, life has many twists and turns. If you never venture out into the current, you will never know the value of learning to deal with success and failure. I don’t always catch fish, but the patient wading through both swift and gently flowing water allows for moments of thoughtful reflection on life and its challenges.  


The music is reflective of the powerful and calm, swift and gentle, deep and shallow, twists and turns of a River. The musical material comes from only five pitches, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, and hopefully affords every section of the band a musical challenge.


Composed - Summer 2018

Publisher - SARAHTIM Music Publishing (Stephen Hill)



Flute 1-2


Bb Clarinet 1-2

Bb Bass Clarinet


Eb Alto Saxophone 1-2

Bb Tenor Saxophone

Eb Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1-2

Horn in F 1-2

Trombone 1-2



String Bass


Percussion - Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Tambourine, Triangle, Sleigh Bells, Wind Chimes, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba