"The Yellow Ribbon" March was written in honor of America's Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs). A trombone solo at the beginning of the Trio section represents POW/MIAs alone in a strange land, standing for the principles of the United States and the Code of Honor of members of the Armed Forces. Friends join the soloist, and then the entire band, demonstrating our unfailing support for America's POW/MIAs. Listen to it here.
Missa Jubilate Deo (Jubilation Mass), for SATB Chorus and Chamber Orchestra (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn in F, Bb Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Cymbals, Triangle, and Strings). In English, consisting of seven movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, and Jubilate Deo.
Simple Songs - Suite for Band, for symphonic wind ensemble, in six movements: I've Got This, Boat Dream, At the Playground, Jardin du Luxembourg, Meditation, and Finale: Thames Cruise. Total length is just under 22 minutes.
Lake Barcroft Haiku, for Concert Band.
This five-part suite for concert band is based on five Haiku about aspects of life around the Lake Barcroft, Virginia community. Each movement starts with a narrator reading the Haiku for that movement.
1. "Welcome to the Lake!" is an off-kilter march-like romp that illustrates the experience of finding, choosing, and renovating a 1950s house across from the lake.
2. "Spring Springs" suggests explosions of blooms, ending in a more ordered fugue as lake gardeners bring order out of chaos.
3. "Early Morning Swim" is about calm, then undulating water, the rhythm of swimming, a bright sunrise, and a heron glaring from shore.
4. "Summer at Beach Two" evokes children playing and swinging, while a party barge cruises by with a radio playing.
5. "Fall Falls" evokes falling and then floating and sinking leaves, and ends with the full band in a blaze of color.
"Canzonetta," by Samuel Barber
This arrangement of “Canzonetta,” by Samuel Barber, is for oboe and a 13-piece symphonic wind ensemble. The last piece he wrote, Canzonetta was intended to be the slow movement of a concerto for oboe and string orchestra, but he died before he had the opportunity to write the other movements. Seven minutes long, it is a poignant farewell from a great American composer.
"Cherubic Hymn," by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Op. 41, No. 6
This 7-minute arrangement of Tchaikovsky's a cappella choral work highlights every section of the band. Starting extremely slowly and quietly, it builds to a rousing jubilant alleluia. It is a beautiful piece of music that is also a great exercise in dynamic and balance control.
"Dubinushka," by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Rimsky-Korsakov wrote this 4-minute rousing march, based on a well-known worker's song, when he was ousted from his position at the St. Petersburg Conservatory for supporting his student's rights. This arrangement for band preserves the excitement and flourish of his original composition for orchestra. It shows off the entire color palette of the band, from the "loud" of percussion and brass to nice soft passages with solos for flute, clarinet, oboe, euphonium, alto and tenor sax.
Erik Satie's "Gymnopedies," for Concert Band
"Watermelon Man", by Herbie Hancock, was an overwhelming hit on his 1973 album, "Head Hunters." This is an exact transcription of that version, for Concert Band. Score and parts are available at Sheet Music Direct, Sheet Music Plus, and Hal Leonard.