This concert band work represents a New Year’s Day sunrise. My goal was to represent the hope and anticipation of the first new day of a new year.
Snow Globe (Marimba Feature)- This concert band work strives to capture a young child’s sense of wonderment when playing with a snow globe. The solo marimba part initially represents the snow globe being turned over with it’s active rhythmic profile, and rapid fire scale passages symbolize cascading snowflakes. After a short development, there is a return of thematic material, and then a short marimba solo passage to represent the snow globe settling. Then the snow globe is turned over again, which leads to a dramatic conclusion.
Quiet Courage (for Tony Pike)- This concert band piece is dedicated to the memory of my musical mentor Tony Pike. Tony was the band director at Davidson High School for 18 years. He taught me many things, and chief among them was the importance of courage in the face of adversity. This work features a prominent trumpet melody in the first two themes which is significant since this was Tony’s primary instrument. After the thematic sections, the Davidson High School Alma Mater is quoted in an oboe solo. This creates the impetus that moves the work to it’s heroic ending.
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Equinox [ee-‐kwuh-‐noks]-‐ noun. The time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth and occurring about March 21 (vernal equinox) and September 22 (autumnal equinox).
This work strives to evoke the excitement and change of color associated with the beginning of
fall. The opening uses wind effects and mysterious chords to create a sense of anticipation.
This intro modulates toward the enthusiastic opening theme in 3/4, which is stated by
the trumpet, clarinet, oboe, and piano. A legato second theme follows in the clarinet and alto saxophone. A mixed meter transition connects the expository material to a development section. The subsequent return of the initial themes is following immediately by fanfare figures that represent the majesty of this seasonal change. The work closes with a reminiscence of the opening material that reflects on the initial sense of anticipation.