This piece captures the anticipation, arrival, and celebration of the holidays through the use of sacred and secular carols alike. The piece opens with a quiet setting of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," then continues with a colorful and energetic rendition of the "Ukrainian Bell Carol" before drawing to an exciting conclusion against a cacophony of ringing bells.
The piece was published by Alfred Music in their 2013-2014 catalog. It was performed by the Grisham Middle School Honors Band at the 2013 Midwest Clinic. You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.
Featuring an energetic, almost always ascending melodic line, this engaging piece provides ensembles with a great flourish for the opening or closing of a concert program. While the piece was written without a programmatic intent, the contrasting rhythmic and soaring melodies are likely to stir up images of an exciting trek through some of nature's challenging and beautiful landscapes.
This piece was
completed in January 2016 and was premiered by the North Iowa
Concert Band in April 2016, under the direction of John Klemas.
Brimming with energy and anticipation from the opening, Beyond the Summit is a musical adventure which is sure to stir up images of some of nature's most majestic landscapes and mountain ranges. The journey begins with a majestic call and response theme divided among the sections, chasing after one another. Eventually, a lighter, yet still driving theme appears, signifying the discovery of a breathtaking view at the summit. From there, the piece takes off once again, building with excitement all the way to the end, hinting that the adventure continues, or perhaps begins, "Beyond the Summit."
A sense of wonder, intrigue, and adventure are all captured
in this unique setting of two traditional Wise Men carols. The journey begins with a reflective, somewhat
mysterious minor arrangement of "What Star is This?," which eventually
gives way to an exciting, driving setting of "We Three Kings." The piece builds to a triumphant climax with
the majestic return of "What Star is This?" in its traditional major key.
This piece received premiere performances in December 2017 by the Northwood-Kensett and Aplington-Parkersburg High School Bands in Iowa, and will be published by Alfred Music in 2020.
This piece was commissioned by the Wartburg College Concert Bands, in honor of Dr. Robert E. Lee, Director of Bands Emeritus. Dr. Lee's appreciation for both marches and opera was well known, in particular his appreciation for the music from the opera Lohengrin, by Richard Wagner. To honor both of these genres, this lighthearted march incorporates moments of "drama" by offering brief quotations of themes from Lohengrin, including snippets from "Prelude to Act Three," and "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral."
Enjoy a musical journey through this beautiful section of
the Black Hills National Forest. From the bold chords of the opening statement to the lush,
shifting harmonic progressions, this piece captures the grandeur of the
canyon's majestic mountains, as well as the winding waters and trickling falls
of Spearfish Creek. A serene, lyrical
theme emerges to depict the breathtaking views of the valleys from the mountain
trails. A call of the opening theme
builds across the ensemble, signaling a return to the trek, and leading the
canyon adventure to an exciting close.
The piece was published by Alfred Music in their 2018-2019 catalog, and was selected by J.W. Pepper as an "Editors' Choice." It was also selected as a "Five Star Feature" by Stanton's Sheet Music. You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.
With the musical call of, "Land, ho!" echoing across the band, Treasure Quest's tale of pirates, buried treasure, and battle is underway! Written in rondo form, a strong, driving pirate theme serves as the main theme throughout the piece, and surrounds two contrasting sections. The first contrasting section features a serene treasure theme introduced by the woodwinds. The second contrasting section features a "battle" across the band as different sections call and respond to one another, building into an exciting final statement of the main theme. This piece is ideal for a late 5th Grade / early 6th Grade performance as it features unique sectional parts, emphasizing independence of parts.
The piece was published by Alfred Music in their 2017-2018 catalog, and was selected by J.W. Pepper as an "Editors' Choice." You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.
This musical setting of Psalm 111 (vs. 1-2, 3-4, 5-6) was written for a special Mass in the fall of 2013. It is written for solo voice and piano, with optional chorus, guitar, and bass.