Tom Sawyer’s Treasure Adventure

youth orchestra music with narrator

“It is a delightful piece!” – Trent Rash, Executive Director, Missouri Symphony Orchestra.

The Adventure

A musical retelling from Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Tom, and his best friend, Huckleberry Finn, one day decide to dig for hidden treasure. They visit a haunted house and scare themselves silly when they overhear Injun Joe move his treasure to a secret cave. Not believing their luck, following the robber to his hideout is only the start of the boys’ problems.


With colourful orchestration, including a harmonica (optional), original themes meld with authentic western and Native American folksongs to highlight and underscore the drama. The duration is approximately 28 minutes while the musical setting is ideal younger audiences. Also, it is suitable for advanced youth orchestra performance. Optionally, the text may be delivered by a single narrator or may include two youth actors playing Tom and Huck. Further, even a second adult narrator may play the crook, Injun Joe. (This is a popular role for school Headmasters!)

With narrative adapted by the composer from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, the narrated orchestral piece is written for semi-staged, concert performance.

The Orchestra

Tom Sawyer’s Treasure Adventure is suitable for advanced youth orchestra performance.

For narrator and orchestra: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in A (parts available for clarinets in Bb), bass clarinet in Bb, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 1 trumpet in D, 2 trumpets in Bb, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba (optional doubling euphonium), timpani, percussion (3 players): xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, cymbals, suspended cymbal, wood block, tambourine, triangle, whip, wind chimes, guiro, maracas, tam tam, bell in D (tubular or hand), harmonica (optional), classical guitar (optional), piano (optionally prepared with paper), strings.

Where to buy and hire and sheet music

Tom Sawyer’s Treasure Adventure is published by UMP Ltd. with orchestra parts available for hire. There are A4 study and A3 conductor scores available.

Read about the composer.

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