THE PRAYER OF ELIJAH

— Solo Euphonium with Wind Symphony —
A surround-sound programmatic work based on I Kings 18
(the 2nd movement of AND THEY GATHERED ON MOUNT CARMEL)

Finalist, 2013 American Prize for Composition

8 minutes. Band grade 4. Soloist grade 6.

BLOWS  THE  AUDIENCE  AWAY
I have conducted this work on several occasions and it always blows the audience away. All of Ayers’ works are extremely well-crafted by a composer who really knows and respects the concert band.
— Jeffrey Scott Doebler, former president, Indiana Bandmasters Assn. & Indiana Music Educators Assn.

Score and parts

Hardcopy score & hardcopy parts
$125

Score and PDF parts

Hardcopy score & PDF parts
$100

Score only

Hardcopy score, no parts
$25

Solo part PDF

Includes 3 transpositions/parts: C bass clef (euph), Bb treble clef (baritone TC), and F treble (horn). These parts are included in the part set, but are available separately if there is a need.
$10

Instrumentation notes

  • The brass are split into two choirs, one of each side of the audience.
  • Total brass parts: 6 trps, 4 hns, 4 trbs, 2 euphs, 2 tubas.
  • This entire movement is an extended euphonium solo requiring an excelent player. The band parts are grade 4, not technically difficult, but requiring good musicianship.
  • Several extra “performers” twirl whistling tubes. These performers can be guests such as local students, board members, or dignitaries. (One of the “twirlers” should be a bona fide musician who has rehearsed with the band to serve as a “twirl-when-I-twirl” leader.

The tubes are available from toy stores and online retailers like Amazon.  A Google search for “whistling tubes” should locate them.


Complete work


fr0m the Windiana Ayers Biblical Epics Concert


Performed by:

  • Windiana Concert Band, Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting
  • University of Rhode Island Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dr. Gene Pollart, conducting
  • Concordia Wind Orchestra, Dr. Jeff Held, conducting
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting
  • Heidelberg College Symphonic Band, Dr. John Owens, conducting
  • Concordia University Chicago Wind Symphony, Dr. Richard Fischer, conducting
  • Virginia Intercollegiate Honors Band, Dr. Jesse Ayers, conducting
  • University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble, Dr. Richard Clary, conducting

Windiana Presents Ayers Biblical Epics Triolgy

The Windiana Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, presented a program on November 17, 2011, of the three large Biblical works by composer Jesse Ayers. The works performed were AND THEY GATHERED ON MOUNT CARMEL, JERICHO, and RAHAB.  Mezzo-soprano Beth Ray Westlund sang the role of Rahab. The concert was held at the historic Memorial Opera House, Valparaiso, Indiana, a venue used by the Sousa Band.


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