Monarch and the Milkweed (The)

Score & Parts, Downloadable

Duration 12:00 $115.00

Reed Doubles

  1. Alto Fl., Sop.
  2. Picc, Fl., Alto Fl., Bs. Fl.
  3. Cl., Bs. Cl.


Feature for trombone 3 and fluegel 2


5 reed, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 bass trombone, accordion, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. (Tenor 2 has clarinet doubles, but it can just be played 8va on tenor)

The offer contains

  • Downloadable PDF Score & Parts for "The Monarch and the Milkweed"
  • Streamed video of Maria discussing rehearsal of this music
  • Streamed video of Marshall Gilkes, trombone, and Greg Gisbert, flügel, talking about their solo sections
  • Streamed video of band members talking about playing in the band
  • Downloadable MP3 version of track mixed with no solos for practice
  • MP3 version mixed with no drums
  • MP3 version mixed with rhythm only
  • MP3 version mixed with no piano and no solos


Recorded on The Thompson Fields, "The Monarch and the Milkweed" features trombone and flügel with those respective parts being played beautifully on the recording by Marshall Gilkes and Greg Gisbert. Unfortunately, the reed parts are quite heavy in the doubles. I will say that in my band, sometimes the second reed transposes the bass flute onto clarinet, and the fourth reed usually plays the clarinet part up the octave on tenor, both of which are acceptable.

This piece was written to include accordion, and so all of these things are rather limiting sadly, but if you can get past those things, this piece really soars with the right players. The opening of this piece has a fair amount of rubato, so the video that Maria created discussing the rehearsal of this piece will be helpful. There are many tools included here for your musicians' study and preparation of this piece, including various mixes for practice and study.


  1. alto flute, alto sax, soprano
  2. flute, bass flute, alto flute, piccolo (bass flute part could be transposed to clarinet)
  3. tenor
  4. tenor, clarinet (it is possible to play the clarinet part 8va on tenor, taking one obviously too-high passage down an octave)
  5. bass clarinet, clarinet

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