Ride Of The Rangers is a grade 5 string orchestra work
that was commissioned by the 2018 Smithson Valley High School Orchestra Program (Spring Branch, TX). Richard Helsley, Director. Spring Branch has a rich tradition of having a diverse, active and positive community. The mascot of Smithson Valley High School is the Texas Ranger. In drawing on the historical reference of horses ridden by Rangers and people of the area, this piece has a dynamic galloping rhythm that prevails throughout. The tempo never changes because the gallop into a positive future never ends.
The melody of this piece brings to mind a wide-open Texas vista with Hispanic turns in its rhythms and contours. Every instrument has an exciting part that contributes to the energy of the work.

Construction of the Conductor’s Score
The violin parts are divided consistently throughout the work. It is best to divide Violin 2 parts by desk because the divided parts actually divide within themselves at times. The conductor will want to look closely at the violin 2 part which divides into 4 parts throughout key areas of the work. Because of this you may need to increase the size of the violin 2 section.

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