Under the Cherry Blossoms

Beauty and joy are on full display in this new piece for concert band.  The classic Japanese folk song “Sakura, Sakura” (Cherry Blossoms) is heard briefly before the work presents a charming, orchestral dance that is set in counterpoint to a warm, romantic melody.  A solo for oboe (cued in Alto Saxophone), pentatonic scales, and…

The Nine

This dramatic concert band work depicts a watershed moment in American History.  Written in honor of the Little Rock Central Nine and the 60th anniversary of the integration of the Little Rock school system, this work showcases an original spiritual by the composer (“Show Me the Light”) that is set in conflict with opposing forces…

Frogs

Add a touch of whimsy and joy to your next concert with this new young band work.  Inspired by the composer’s love of Percy Grainger, Frogs combines many “Grainger-isms” (unexpected harmonic movement, chromaticism, and a pastoral sensibility) with quirky percussion and accessible rhythms and ranges to create a truly unique work for young band.  The inclusion…

Four: On a Remix of Beethoven

Taking Beethoven’s four note “fate” motive from the first movement of his fifth symphony, composer Standridge has reimagined the symphony movement and taken it in remarkable new directions.  At first following close to the original for a powerful and exciting introduction, the work then segues into a playful gigue in compound meter, followed by a…

Iron and Ice: A Viking Adventure

Strap into your seats and hang on for a wild musical ride as only Mr. Standridge could create!  This astonishingly exciting work spins a musical tale of a Viking Expedition into the frigid North Atlantic seas, first depicting the high spirits of the sailors as they set out to sea.  The slower middle portion of…

DarkHeart

DarkHeart is the fifth and final movement of The Darklands Symphony, following the wildly successful first movement Darklands March. This symphony finale wraps the work up in a very gripping way, musically depicting a daring escape from the castle DarkHeart. As in the other movements, the plainchant Dies Irae is used prominently as thematic material…

Bazaar

Bazaar takes the listener on a musical trip to the exotic markets of the Middle East.  Spices, beautiful fabrics, and priceless treasures litter the stalls while noise, aromas, and laughter fill the air.  The use of an altered scale and colorful percussion add to the exotic feel of this work, making this an exciting musical…

A Christmas Tale: Beware the Krampus

In some European Christmas traditions, Saint Nick does not work alone, he travels with Krampus who doles out punishment to bad boys and girls. This work serves as a darkly delightful Christmas piece, intended to educate, entertain, and creep out your audience. The spooky narration helps frame the piece as The Ukranian Bell Carol; Up on…

Darklands Legends

In three movements, this suite for young band will capture the imaginations of your students and transport them to an amazing fantasy land of musical expression.  It is designed to be played as a stand-alone suite, or for an even more expansive undertaking, as movements 2, 3, and 4 of the Darklands Symphony, along with…

Undecim (2014)

This work was commissioned by the Lake Hamilton High School Band in 2014.  Their director, Jon Shultz, has been a close friend ever since high school.  However, he has a tendency to ask me to do things last minute.  Undecim (latin for “eleven”) refers both to the eleventh hour (the last opportunity to get things…