This is the brass band score for Ballade for Euphonium, completely rescored and edited from the original 1993 version.
Gerry wrote this solo for his daughter Melissa in December 1992. This solo was based on an original ballad-style melody. It's a slow waltz-time tune with three-bar phrasing. It's written in an A-B-A form. The main melody is present in the middle. The solo starts with a faster duple variation of the tune in C minor. There is a short, slower cadenza that modulates to C major and the main "ballad" tune. This middle section transitions pretty abruptly to the ending variation, back in C minor, until just before the ending where it changes back to the C major, ending on a happier (if not higher) note.
Melissa played this at a solo competition while in 8th grade at Hendrick Middle School and received a "1" rating. Gerry later scored this solo for brass band and Melissa played this while a member of The Salvation Army Texas Brass Band, on a tour of Norway and Russia. She also played this at the retirement service of her grandparents Commissioners Harold and Polly Shoults, accompanied by the Chicago Staff Band.
In addition to the standard brass band parts, bass clef parts are also provided for 1st Baritone, 2nd Baritone, 1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone, Euphonium, Eb Bass and Bb Bass.