ARABIA "Atlantis of the Sands" (Concert Band)

ARABIA “Atlantis of the Sands” is based on a myth and legend of a lost city in ancient Arabia.  This city was buried under the sand after being destroyed by natural disasters unleashed by angry gods.  Many explorers seeking this lost city believe it is in the southern deserts of modern-day Saudi Arabia.

Premiered Friday, January 31st, 2020 by the 13th Annual Limestone College High School Honor Band

Gaffney, South Carolina

Birds of Prey - Concert March (Concert Band)

Premiered Friday, March 29th, 2019 by the Mount Holly Middle School 7th Grade Band under the direction of Rachel Moore 

Mount Holly, North Carolina

Cherished Saint (Concert Band & Vocal Solo)

Cherished Saint is inspired by Dr. Gena Poovey and her many years of service to the Department of Music at Limestone College (Gaffney, South Carolina).  As I have gotten to know Dr. Poovey, I quickly discovered the level of pride and dedication she selflessly gives to her Limestone family.  Through her hard work and dedication, she has experienced many accomplishments and faced many challenges.  The idea of Cherished Saint is intended to paint a different picture of Limestone.  Using various fragments of the school’s alma mater, I attempted to recreate Dr. Poovey’ s personal journey that placed her in the path of numerous challenges and sometimes defeat.  The one thing about Dr. Poovey that has been unwavering is her hard work and countless hours dedicated to the students, faculty and staff at Limestone College and its musical success.  The final statement represents her triumphs and life-long partnership with a place she loves so dearly.  Through this composition, I name Dr. Poovey as Limestone’s Cherished Saint.

Premiered Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 by the Limestone College Wind Ensemble

Gaffney, South Carolina

Hope of a New Tomorrow (Concert Band)

There are many wonderful things about the world we share.  Equally so, there are less glamorous elements that we must witness with little control over the influence of what happens.  The basis of “Hope of a New Tomorrow” considers those less glamorous elements of our life that we cannot control but must endure through the media asking the question, why must society be so cruel to itself?  Maybe along the way humanity can work harder to make our world a better place for future generations allowing hope of a new tomorrow.

Premiered Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 by the Limestone College Wind Ensemble

Gaffney, South Carolina

Illuminate the Horizon (Concert Band)

The simplicity of a young person’s dream is something magical to behold.  As it grows, a dream’s complexity adds to the joy of its future fulfillment.  Illuminate the horizon is the aural realization of a dream.

Premiered Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by the Limestone College Wind Ensemble

Gaffney, South Carolina

Merlin the Magnificent (Concert Band)

Merlin the Magnificent is inspired by a medieval legend best known as a wizard.  Legend has it that Merlin was born of a mortal woman but received his powers and abilities from a non-human being.  Over time, Merlin matures and develops into an advisor for King Author.  Merlin the Magnificent hopes to recreate the power and wonder that makes up the wizard.  The main theme of the work travels through many forms just as Merlin did in his time.

Premiered Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 by the Limestone College Wind Ensemble

Gaffney, South Carolina

Storming the Keep (Concert Band)

Storming the Keep was inspired by the “keep” at the famous Rochester Castle in England.  The “keep” for any castle is the strongest and most heavily fortified.    The storming of Rochester Castle refers to a time in the early 1200’s when King John set forth to take back the building from rebels that had overtaken it in a previous battle.  Storming the Keep starts with a time of darkness.  At the beginning of my work, the keep has already been over taken by rebels.  A great siege begins as the tempo quickens as the storm begins.  Eventually, the passion for the great building that has just been reclaimed sets in followed by celebration for the reclaimed keep.  The storm must be remembered by the story being passed down to younger generations so the great siege will never be forgotten.

Premiered Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by the Limestone College Wind Ensemble

Gaffney, South Carolina

Summoning the Forgotten Sounds of Joy (Concert Band)

Summoning the Forgotten Sounds of Joy is a work that I have taken great pride in writing.  Johann Sebastian Bach was a musical genius of his time.  His compositions have endured the test of time and are still being performed today.  Summoning the Forgotten Sounds of Joy celebrates two of J. S. Bach’s works, Little Fugue in G Minor and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.  As I developed this composition, I wanted to take the listener on a journey using the themes from these two compositions.  The beginning is intense and chaotic leading to the continued development of both themes.  As the work develops, the themes have moments of tension finally leading to great resolve.  JOY!  After this “Joy” is rediscovered, we must think about our future and never forget the meaningful impact that music can make on humanity.


Premiered Tuesday, December 5th, 2017  by the Limestone College Wind Ensemble

Gaffney, South Carolina

Super Sly Spy (Concert Band)

Super Sly Spy was written with classic movie spies in mind.  While you will not hear actual themes from famous spy movies, you will hear ideas that remind you of these cinematic greats.  Imagine those typical movie spies that have become icons based on their clever ideas, cool gadgets and awesome technology.

Premiered Friday, February 1st, 2019 by the Limestone College High School Honor Band

Gaffney, South Carolina

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