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Ever The Rambling Winds - Concert March (Concert Band)

“Ever the Rambling Winds” creates a sense of excitement that wind provides.  The audience is encouraged to imagine different affects wind has on us while listening to this march.  Some thoughts might be a gentle breeze lifting a child’s kite, powering wind turbines that harness energy, the fear it creates even to the most seasoned navigator at sea.  Though wind is but a single element, its diversity and power greatly affect our lives.

Published by RWS Music Company and distributed by C. L. Barnhouse (2018)

From a distance... (Concert Band)

The title expresses exactly how I felt when an emergency surgery left our son in pain and confusion while my wife and I tried to comfort him through the fog of anesthesia.

Premiered Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by the "Spirit of Cox Mill" Symphonic Band

Concord, North Carolina

Published by BKJ Publications (2013)

Ghillie Dhu "Elf of the Forest" From Scottish Folklore (Concert Band)

Ghillie Dhu (Gill-e Dew) “Elf of the Forest” is inspired by a creature from Scottish Folklore.  A lonely male fairy, the Ghillie Dhu was usually friendly and quiet, but occasionally wild in character.  This creature was also known to have a gentle piety to children.  The Ghillie Dhu lived in a birch wood within the Gairloch village and near the shores of Loch a During of the north-west highlands of Scotland.  The Ghillie Dhu is depicted as dark haired and clothed in leaves of moss.  Typically, the Ghillie Dhu did not like it when people would enter his forest yet was helpful to children that might be lost.

Premiered Friday, February 1st, 2019 by the

Limestone College High School Honor Band

Gaffney, South Carolina

Published by RWS Music Company and distributed by C. L. Barnhouse (2020)

Hatsuhi Sunrise (Percussion Ensemble)

Hatsuhi (Hat-sue-he) is the Japanese tradition of waking early to see the first sunrise of the new year.  On New Year’s Day, Japanese families will usually have a large traditional breakfast to celebrate “first sun”.  “Hatsuhi Sunrise” was created to honor this Japanese tradition.

Premiered Saturday, April 21st, 2018 by the H. M. Arndt Percussion Ensemble

Hickory, North Carolina

Commissioned for the 2018 H. M. Arndt Middle School Percussion Ensemble

under the direction of Kevin R. Townsend (Hickory, North Carolina)

Published by RWS Music Company and distributed by C. L. Barnhouse (2019)

Lenoir - Remember the Bearcats (Concert Band)

Captain James C. Harper created the Lenoir High School Band (1924-1977), which is a program to be remembered and honored for the major accomplishments and contributions to North Carolina high school bands.  One of the most notable accomplishments is of course the band’s 42 consecutive superior ratings at concert festival (now MPA).

Based on the Lenoir High School Alma Mater, this piece presents a journey through time to celebrate the great Lenoir High School Band.  The opening of the work is set up to represent a book that has been closed for some time.  As the book is opened, a celebration of the Alma Mater is presented in a joyous representation of the band.  The middle section of the work represents the furniture factories that filled the town along with a hint of sadness of the loss of such a great program.  After a reflection of loss, everyone must remember and celebrate everything the band and its’ leaders accomplished.  The ending section of the piece includes some familiar tunes including the West Minster Chimes (used to open the L. H. S. Band concerts), Bearcats (L. H. S. fight song) and a final resolving statement of the Lenoir High School Alma Mater.  Remember the Bearcats!

Premiered Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by the 'Spirit of Cox Mill" Symphonic Band

Concord, North Carolina

Published by BKJ Publications (2013)

Robinson Suite (Concert Band)

Robinson Suite is a three-movement work written to celebrate Robinson Hall at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Movement 1 (Fanfare) celebrates the opening of Robinson Hall and the renewed energy and excitement for the music department.  Movement 2 (Andante) explores the challenges faced by an ever-growing body of faculty, staff, and students.  Movement 3 (Chorale and Allegro) depicts the growth and development of the department of music as it continues to evolve.

Premiered Monday, December 5th, 2005 by the

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Wind Ensemble

Charlotte, North Carolina

Published by BKJ Publications (2012)

Winner of the 2010 Claude T. Smith Memorial Band Composition Contest

Where The Wild Things Dance (Concert Band)

“Where the Wild Things Dance” was written to celebrate the Sandhill Cranes of Monte Vista, Colorado.  The Sandhill Crane puts on an elaborate courtship ritual to attract a mate. As part of this ritual, the cranes bow, flap their wings, leap and twirl in the air like rhythmic gymnasts.  This work was written to embody the spirited movements the cranes create. 

 

“Where the Wild Things Dance” was selected as the Winner of the 2018 Thornton Community Band Composition Contest (Thornton, Colorado) in commemoration of their 10th anniversary.

Published by RWS Music Company and distributed by C. L. Barnhouse (2019)

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