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Mt. Mitchell Overture
This overture for saxophone quartet explores my eager anticipation of returning to the Wildacres Saxophone Retreat, as well as my earlier memories associated with this special annual event.
The Belfries of Ghent
As the title suggests, the inspiration for this concert band piece comes from the many spires found in the city of Ghent, Belgium. The themes suggest the majesty and beauty of these structures during the day and in the evening. A theme showcasing the internal mechanisms that govern the clocks and tolling bells is also included. The full complement of percussion and orchestration ensures a fulfilling performance by large and small bands alike!
Based on a variant rondo form (ABACBAC), English Rondo features a light and catchy dance, coupled with a lovely and expressive slower theme. There are two string quartet spots to feature your top players! The violin and cello parts feature some upper range challenges, and opportunities abound to work on hooked bowings in all parts.
English Rondo is published by Grand Mesa Strings.
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46 American Chorales for Band
This collection of 46 historic chorales by 25 American composers is flexibly arranged into SATB harmony for concert band! A variety of key signatures and time signatures is utilized, and historical anecdotes about the composers are included. Chorales such as these have been a tried and true way to reinforce balance, blend, and intonation. Great for small group or large ensemble work!
• Soprano Parts: Flute 1, Oboe, Clarinet 1, Alto Saxophone 1, Trumpet 1, Mallets
• Alto Parts: Flute 2, Clarinet 2, Alto Saxophone 2, Trumpet 2, Horn 1
• Tenor Parts: Clarinet 3, Tenor Saxophone, Horn 2, Trombone 1
• Bass Parts: Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Baritone Saxophone, Trombone 2 / Euphonium, Tuba, String Bass, Timpani
• Non-pitched percussion book also available
Casa Del Prado (for Concert Band)
Casa Del Prado is an appealing piece brimming with traditional Spanish influence! Featuring a variety of moods and keys, there are plenty of solo and section features throughout. This is a great way to introduce your band and audience to the paso-doble style. Five total percussion parts add to the fun!
Harvest Ritual (for String Orchestra)
Harvest Ritual portrays a variety of scenes and moods from the autumn season. Your performers will be playing in E dorian, G major, B minor, and B dorian. The time signatures included are 2|2, 3|4, and 4|4. This accessible 5 1/2 minute work is sure to be appealing to your performers and audience alike!
Nocturne and Kopanitsa (for String Orchestra)
Awarded honorable mention in the ASTA 75th Anniversary Composition Competition, this piece couples a lyrical nocturne with a dramatic kopanitsa, the latter being an energetic dance in 11|8.
Fanfare for The Next Chapter (for Concert Band)
This 3-minute fanfare is sure to be an exciting way to open your next concert! Written for the Chester County Concert Band (Pennsylvania), it is geared toward a more advanced ensemble with a strong brass section.
Song of Antheia (for double woodwind quintet)
One of Aphrodite’s attendants, Antheia was a Greek goddess of flowers, gardens, and vegetation. I endeavored to capture some of her different traits as I imagined them to be: dignified and confident; intense and unrelenting; caring and beautiful. Nature has always been a great source of inspiration for me. This piece was written for the Pennsylvania Chamber Winds, who premiered it on June 6th, 2021.
Intro Respice (for SATB choir with divisi)
Intro Respice (“Look Within”) uses text from an old Latin translation of Marcus Aurelius’ original Greek passage from his Meditations. Aurelius was a Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor who lived from 121-180 AD. The ancient text speaks to our need to look within and dig within ourselves to find and share our inner goodness with others. The piece features slow, sensitive polyphonic writing coupled with an imitative faster-paced section.
A reference recording will be available once this piece is premiered in the Spring of 2022; please check back!
Aboard the Galleon (for Concert Band)
Aboard the Galleon depicts a voyage on a galleon, complete with the sounds of heavy rigging, rolling seas, and a thunderstorm! At least six percussionists will be required, though the parts can easily be divided and shared among a larger number of players at the director’s discretion.
Ballad and Jig (for String Orchestra)
From lush, sweeping lyrical lines to spirited modal folk tunes, Ballad and Jig for String Orchestra offers something for everyone! This five-minute piece features solos for the first violin and cello. In addition to the standard set of parts, an alternate violin part is provided to reinforce the viola section if needed.
Yuletide by Candlelight (for Concert Band)
Looking for something different, yet traditional for your holiday program? This piece is a collection of melodies from the rich musical tradition of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. Included are are Coventry Carol, Make We Joy, Veni, Veni Emmanuel, and Branle de l’Officiel. Yuletide by Candlelight showcases different sections within the band, and includes some powerful tutti moments as well. Five separate percussion parts add to the festive mood of the Season!