Pay homage to the adventurous spirit of the early American pioneers as they blazed their trails westward with Johnnycake Trail. Spirited and bold passages reflect their determination while the lyric middle section represents the beauty of the landscapes they encountered.
Dedicated to the St. Gabriel School Junior High Band – Concord Township, OH and to the Northeast Ohio MusicAlliance Eastside Summer Honors Band
Johnnycake Trail pays homage to the adventurous spirit and determination of the early American pioneers who left New England blazing a trail westward. Johnnycake refers to a simple flat bread made of cornmeal which kept well on the pioneers’ long journey. The lyrical middle section of the piece musically depicts the beauty of the landscapes that the settlers encountered.
- Franklin D. Adams
Grade Level: 2
Number of Players: Standard
Listen to Recordings
Clarinet in Bb 1
Clarinet in Bb 2/3
Trumpet in Bb 1
Trumpet in Bb 2
Horn in F
Percussion 1 [2 players] (snare drum, bass drum, suspended cymbal)
Percussion 2 [2 players] (crash cymbals, tambourine, wind chimes)
Percussion 3 (suspended cymbal, temple blocks)