Concert Band Compositions

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Accolade: Fanfare for the Fiftieth

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 2Length: 2:00

This vivid fanfare features rousing brass motives, dynamic woodwind flourishes and exciting percussion. The piece is focused around Eb major with modal harmonies throughout. I wrote this piece as a dedication to my high school alma mater and for my former high school band director, Clinton Marshall, for whom I owe my passion for music […]

A Hero’s Journey

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 4Length: 3:45

This piece is the 2017 winner of Chester County Concert Band Competition (West Chester, PA), David William Reif, Music Director. This programmatic piece represents the champion in all of us as heroes must go through challenges and act against adversity to make the world a better place. Musically, the piece begins with a bass and […]

American Horizons

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 3Length: 2:20

American Horizons is an energetic and fast paced concert opener. It features rousing brass fanfares, lively string motives and driving percussion. This work was originally written for the Westminster High School Orchestra, Westminster, Maryland. Published by Northeastern Music Publications, Inc., it can be purchased here

Fanfare of the Bells

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 2

This short vibrant fanfare is sure to be one of the year’s most popular and exciting concert openers! Utilizing modern harmonies, driving melodies, and a wealth of percussion, the work creates a high level of energy. Bell tones throughout combine with the metallic sounds of the percussion to really show the influence of the title […]

Galactic Warriors

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 2Length: 2:00

Written for the Ridley Elementary Schools Bands (Theresa O’Brien, Director) and The Temple University Night Owls Concert Band (Dr. Deborah Confredo, Director). Galactic Warriors depicts star fighters on an interstellar mission. The piece begins with a mysterious atmosphere portraying the mission reconnaissance and quickly moves into the star fighters blasting off into battle. The driving […]

Gameday Battle

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 1Length: 1:15

This lively concert work is a musical soundtrack t for any athletic event. It is written to inspire and invigorate the players and audience members alike. Driving percussion and intense rhythms take this piece from pep rally to victory celebration! Gameday Battle was written as a gift to my former student and good friend, Brian Thompson, and […]

Johnston Fanfare

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 2Length: 1:50

Dedicated to the Johnston County (Benson, North Carolina) 8th Grade All County Middle School Band, Johnston Fanfare was written to celebrate the 2017 middle school honor band. The composition features all sections of the band. It begins with a driving introduction that moves into a woodwind and horn feature and then moves to the trumpets. A brief woodwind […]

Mixed Signals

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 5Length: 6:00

A mixed signal is a message of inconsistent or conflicting elements. Mixed signal circuitry combines analog circuits with digital signal processing circuits. Examples of mixed signal integrated circuits include computers, digital music players, compact disc players, sound chips in synthesizers, cellular telephones, digital video processors and practically anything that involves digital technology. Mixed Signals combines […]

Moving at the Speed of Sound

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 4Length: 4:00

Written for the 2014 Harford All County Band (Harford County, MD), Moving at the Speed of Sound takes the performers and audience on a musical roller coaster ride. Minimalistic rhythmic ostinatos, woodwind flourishes, energetic brass motives and driving percussion create a feeling of spatial highs and lows.

Patriot Fanfare

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 3Length: 3:30

Commissioned by the Governor Thomas Johnson High School Band (Frederick, MD), Kim Sandifer, Director, Patriot Fanfare commemorates the 50th anniversary of the school. The composition is a vibrant fanfare that layers sounds and a driving 7/8 meter featuring every instrument in the band. Patriot Fanfare represents a contemporary picture of Thomas Johnson High School with […]

Speedway

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 3Length: 3:30

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Folly Quarter Middle School Band (Ellicott City, MD), Andrew Spang, Conductor, this programmatic piece depicts a car race. Sections include the start of engines, pole position, a crash and the victory lap. This piece is sure to get your students engines going!

Stealth Mission

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 3Length: 3:00

Dedicated to the 2004 Harford All County (Maryland) Middle School Band. The piece is based upon driving rhythmic motive in the percussion. The woodwinds and brass add excitement and flair to the percussive groove making this work a great concert opener. Click below for Finale® mock up. Click above for a live recording.

The Flame of Fortitude

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 4Length: 6:00

Milton is a borough in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on the West Branch Susquehanna River, 50 miles north of Harrisburg. Settled in 1870, the town is home to multiple factories and is a hard working community. On Friday, May 14, 1880, a day that started out clear and calm ended in disaster. Shortly before noon a […]

The Heart of Madness

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 4Length: 5:30

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Folly Quarter Middle School Band (Ellicott City, MD), Andrew Spang, Conductor, this thrilling composition is a musical text painting three of Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works: The Bells, The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart. Poe was best known for his Gothic writing depicting imaginative tales of horror and the macabre. Each musical […]

The Promise of Tomorrow

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 2Length: 2:30

This vivid concert work can be performed as a single concert band composition or as a large ensemble work comprising concert band, choir and orchestra. The piece is focused around F major with modal harmonies throughout. The text, written by Donna Fallis, describes the hope and optimism of youth. I wrote this piece with the […]

The Roar of the Panther

Ensemble: Concert BandGrade: Grade 2Length: 3:00

The Roar of the Panther was commissioned by Michael L. Hirsh and the North Carroll Middle School Band (Hampstead, MD) as an homage to their retiring Principal Carl Snook for his unyielding support of the fine arts. The piece begins with an energetic fanfare depicting a running panther, then quickly transitions to a minor section, […]