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Tricycle Ride

Tricycle Ride Narrator
Tricycle Ride
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"Tricycle Ride", composed and arranged by Bill Pollard, initially started as a description of an asteroid tumbling through space, but a few bars into the main melody made him realised that it would make a great novelty item, describing the joy of a young girl taking her first spin on her favourite birthday present ..... a Tricycle. She has to negotiate several activities during her travels, not least crossing the road full of busy traffic and mending a wonky wheel.
This wonderfully descriptive score is an ideal piece to play as a fun item and can be performed as a standalone work or enhanced with the addition of a narrator; telling the story as the piece is played, thereby helping the audience to visualise Amy's journey.
The Music Director should pay particular attention to the various ritards and time changes, and should encourage the players to play the main melody as light and as bouncy as possible. The players should not fall into the age old habit of playing dotted quavers/semi-quavers in 3/4 time, but to play the semi-quavers short, almost like grace notes. The Trombone section can have some fun in the "Passing Traffic" section, but must keep strict timing with their glissandos.

This is a great, first published, composition from Bill and one that will no doubt prove popular with bands of all grades. A wonderfully descriptive piece that will appeal to all ages.


Seven-year-old Amy has just received her favourite birthday present; a new red tricycle with pretty tassels and shiny handlebars! Wow! Mum has given her permission to take this for a spin, but Amy has been told to stay within the confines of the cul-de-sac. So, she goes outside with Mum, who opens the garage door, and there it is, Amy's pride and joy, shiny new and waiting for its first test run. Mum watches as she climbs on board, rolls down the driveway, onto the footpath and away she goes.

She dashes along the footpath, but oh dear! Too fast to take the first corner she whizzes round this on 2 wheels. With a bump, she lands back on 3 wheels and continues along the footpath. Now with more confidence she takes the next corner, again on 2 wheels, but she must now slow down to cross the road at the zebra crossing. Pressing the crossing button, Amy waits for the lights to change and eagerly awaits the appearance of the green man on the opposite side of the crossing. The traffic is fast and lots of cars and lorries sound their horns at her on their way past. Look out ... here comes an ambulance! The green man finally appears and Amy safely crosses the road and continues back along the footpath, but before she can get home she must drive up a hill. Wheeeee! She's reached the top of the hill and is now freewheeling down the other side. Great fun going fast!

Oh no! The tricycle has now developed a wonky wheel after such a fast spin. After a bit of a bumpy ride she stops and fixes the wheel ... it had just got a bit loose and she fixes this in no time. Back in the saddle on her soopa-doopa bike with a go-faster stripe she heads for home. Here comes the driveway. Up we go and back into the garage. Mum closes the garage door.

Can I go out on it again, later, Mum? O.K., when your Dad gets home he might take you for a longer spin. FANTASTIC! Can hardly wait.

ComposerBill Pollard
ArrangerBill Pollard
DurationCirca 4 Mins
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 3 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationConductors Full Score
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Horns in F 1-2
3rd Horn in F
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Drum Kit
Glockenspiel / Xylophone
Bass Guitar
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.
23/04/2018 - Hi Bill, listened with interest. The music tells the story well. A very happy tune. - Comment by Gordon and Margaret Fleming

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