Commissioned by Deer Path Middle School

Solar Flare

Concert Band

Grade 3 ca. 6 minutes

(The audio above is a MIDI realisation by NotePerformer)

Program Note

From a faraway perspective, the natural phenomena of the sun's solar flare is another spectacle to behold in the wonders of our solar system. Its presence on the sun's surface level is shockingly illuminating, a sheer feat in and of itself. However, within this beauty lies an even darker threat to our own planet's most technological advances: the coronal mass ejection, another natural phenomena prone to disrupt radio communications, damage satellites, and create large power outages for extended durations of time among other things.

"Solar Flare" encapsulates both the mystery of this dazzling aura with its powerful destructive capabilities. It begins with a sense of wonder - yet, it does not stay there for long. A persistent motive slowly creeps in and takes over, leading to a fast-paced game of survival against the awesome might of this beautiful, but dangerous, display.

Program note was written by Josh Trentadue

Solar Flare was completed on January 22, 2018

Age 22, Caleb Hammer

score info

Solar Flare Info

-Grade 2.5

-Ca. 6 minutes




Flute 1

Flute 2



Clarinet in Bb 1

Clarinet in Bb 2

Bass Clarinet in Bb

Alto Saxophone 1

Alto Saxophone 2

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Trumpet in Bb 1

Trumpet in Bb 2

Horn in F 1

Horn in F 2

Trombone 1

Trombone 2



Bass Drum

Tam-Tam, Snare Drum

Suspended Cymbal

Tom Toms, Vibraphone

Glockenspiel, Hi-Hat, Anvil (or Brake Drum)

Marimba, China, Crash, Splash


*Anvil (or Brake Drum) should be hit with metal

*Parts may be doubled, tripled, etc. as needed/wanted

*Fast tempo may want to be conducted in 2

*If not able to go full tempo, go as fast as possible