Saddle Up!

Full Orchestra  •  Grade 4-5  •  q=112, q=80, q=112  •  ca. 5:35

Saddle Up!

Full Orchestra (Grade 4-5)

Stephen Hill (ASCAP)

SARAHTIM Music Publishing

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Program Notes

Saddle-Up! is a work with a western theme. The music was composed over the weekend

of March 11-13, 2016. Looking through some pictures that I had near my desk, I came

across a picture of my teacher, Francis McBeth holding his saddle. The photo led me to

reflect on childhood memories of watching old western movies. Roy Rogers, John Wayne,

and Jimmy Stewart, etc. Westerns, such as The Cowboys, Rio Bravo, El Dorado, Big Jake,

Chisholm, The Magnificent Seven, Silverado, Lonesome Dove, etc. as well as the many

western-themed TV shows, The Riflemen, The High Chaparral, Wagon Train, Rawhide,

Bonanza, The Big Valley, The Virginian, and The Wild, Wild West. All special memories

of my childhood.


Years ago, I was given a cup by one of my students. It sits on the desk of my home studio.

The title Saddle-Up! is borrowed from the John Wayne quote on the cup - "Courage is

being scared to death... and saddling up anyway."


Saddle-Up! was not commissioned by any group and was written for the sheer fun of it. It

was composed as a gift for, and dedicated to the Ouachita Baptist University, Wind

Ensemble, Dr. Craig Hamilton, Director.


Outline of Saddle Up!

Ms. 0-7 - Rise and Shine!...We’re Burning Daylight!...Breaking camp

Ms. 8-19 - Saddle-Up!...Move ‘em out.

Ms. 20-51 - The Drive

Ms. 52-64 - Sunset on the Prairie

Ms. 65-101 - A Night under the Stars

Ms.102-109 - Sunrise

Ms. 110-116 - Rise and Shine!...We’re Burning Daylight!...Breaking camp

Ms. 117-126 - Saddle-Up!...Move ‘em out

Ms. 127-150 - There’s nothing like bringing in a herd.

Composed - March, 2016

Publisher - SARAHTIM Music Publishing (Stephen Hill) ASCAP



Flute 1-2

Oboe 1-2

Bb Clarinet 1-3

Bb Bass Clarinet


Horn in F 1-4

Bb Trumpet 1-3

Trombone 1-3




Percussion - Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Tambourine, Triangle, Wood Block, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone