Wind Ensemble

Grade 3:

This Cruel Moon

Lightning Field

Foundry

Sheltering Sky

 

Grade 4 / 4+:

Clocking

Hymn to a Blue Hour

Night on Fire

Ringmaster's March

Strange Humors

Undertow

Unquiet Spirits

Xerxes

 

Grade 5 / 5+:

Asphalt Cocktail

Aurora Awakes

The Frozen Cathedral

Fanfare for
       Full Fathom Five

High Wire

Kingfishers Catch Fire

Liminal

The Night Garden

Redacted

Redline Tango

Sasparilla

Songs from the
       End of the World

The Soul Has
  
   Many Motions

Turbine

Turning

Wine-Dark Sea:
     Symphony for Band

 

Concertos:

Antique Violences:
     Trumpet Concerto

Drum Music: Perc. Cto

Harvest: Tbn. Cto.

Sop. Sax Concerto

 

Chamber Music

Vocal Music

Orchestra

Music for Theater

Works in Progress

 

Sasparilla (2005)

Audio & Score

for wind ensemble
duration: 8'30"

Grade 5

Click to buy : Score: $60. Parts for hire.

Commissioned by Lamar University; California State University Stanislaus; Emory University; Florida State University; University of Kansas; Louisiana State University; and Michigan State University.
Consortium organized by Scott Weiss of Lamar University.

World premiere on April 17, 2005, at Lamar University, conducted by Scott Weiss.


This work -- my first original, non-transcribed piece for wind ensemble -- tells the story of an Old West saloon.
"Sasparilla" (that's the slangified spelling) used to be a liquor, but now it's essentially a type of root beer. As you listen to "Sasparilla," imagine Bugs Bunny in 1860, somewhere out West, getting drunk, riding to Mexico on horseback, and getting into trouble.