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Music for Contest/Festival

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  • A HYMN FOR BAND (Gr. 3 Flex-Band) Transcription of the Hugh M. Stuart band classic in Flex-Band format.  Very true to the original version for full band.

  • ITALIA (Gr. 2) Original march in the Italian symphonic style.


  • I DREAM A WORLD (Gr. 5) Symphonic band accompaniment for the well known choral composition by acclaimed African American composer Rosephanye Powell.  Published by Gentry Publications and distributed by Hal Leonard.  (Live performance)

  • I DREAM A WORLD (Gr. 4) Full orchestra accompaniment for the well known choral composition by acclaimed African American composer Rosephanye Powell.  Published by Gentry Publications and distributed by Hal Leonard. 

  • SONGS OF THE SEA (A Sea Shanty Rhapsody) (Gr. 2)  A medley of four well-known sea shanties including "The Drunken Sailor," "The Bonnie Ship the Diamond," "Rolling Down to Old Maui," and "Wellerman."  Duration: ca. 4:00. 

  • TO SIT AND DREAM (Gr. 3/4) Symphonic band accompaniment for another well known choral composition by acclaimed African American composer Rosephanye Powell.  Published by Hal Leonard.  (Live performance)

  • TO SIT AND DREAM (Gr. 3/4) Full orchestra accompaniment for the well known choral composition by acclaimed African American composer Rosephanye Powell.  Published by Hal Leonard.


  • SOLVEIG'S SONG  (Gr. 2)  An arrangement of the beautiful melody from Edvard Grieg's second Peer Gynt Suite.  Duration: ca. 2:30.  (NOTE: This recording uses MIDI instruments.)


  • FANTASY ON KOREAN FOLK SONGS  (Gr. 2.5)  A setting of four of the most well-known and most often sung Korean folk tunes including "Let's Sing and Dance," "The Gate," "Bellflowers," and "The Palace."  Duration: 3:45.  Published by Hal Leonard in Spring, 2019.



  • SUITE from THE PLANETS  (Gr. 2.5 Flex-Band)  Excerpts from Holst's famous orchestral work arranged  for young band in a format featuring flexible instrumentation.  Includes "Mars," "Saturn," and "Jupiter."

  • LANIER VARIANTS (Gr. 3)  Commissioned by the Sidney Lanier Middle School Band of Fairfax, VA, Charlie Burts, Director.  Variations on an original theme inspired by a quote of the poet: "Music is love in search of a word."   Duration: 4:40.  Published by Hal Leonard in Spring, 2019.  

  • FLOURISH AND PROCESSIONAL (Gr. 3.5)  Adapted from "When Nothing Else Will," a large work for band, orchestra and choir, commissioned by Fayette County (GA) High School for the opening of their new performing arts center.  Duration: 3:30.  Published by Hal Leonard in Spring, 2019.


  • GREEN BUSHES  (Gr. 2.5)  A new setting for young band of the well known English folk song.            Duration: 2:50 


  • ARMENIAN RHAPSODY  (Gr. 3)  Based on five authentic Armenian folk songs.  Commissioned by the Association of Texas Small School Bands for the 2017 ATSSB All-State Symphonic Band, it was premiered in February and published by Hal Leonard in May, 2017.  Duration: 5:30  (performed at the 2017 Midwest Clinic)

  • NETTLETON  (Gr. 3, FlexBand)  A new flexible instrumentation version of one of my most popular band works.  Duration: 3:35  (performed at the 2017 Midwest Clinic) 


  • . . . LIKE A MIGHTY STREAM  (Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)  (Gr. 2.5)  Commissioned by the South Middle School Band of Lawrence, KS, Scott Robinson, director.  This work for band and narrator pays homage to the leader of the Civil Rights movement in America.  It was premiered by the SMS Band on January 15, 2016 and published by Hal Leonard in Spring, 2016.  Duration: 5:00

  • SELKIE  (A Scottish Legend)  (Gr. 1.5)  Commissioned by the J.T. Lambert Middle School Band of East Stroudsburg, PA, Matt Whitney, Director.  The two movements are based on the creature in Celtic mythology which is a seal when in the water but becomes a human when on land.  Duration: 3:50  (performed at the 2015 Midwest Clinic)

  • SUITE FROM WATER MUSIC  (Gr. 2)  Three movements from Handel’s masterful 1717 work arranged for young band.  They include the “Hornpipe,” “Air,” and “Allegro.”  Duration: 4:20


  • BROADWAY! (Concert March)  (Gr. 2)

  • CAHABA DANCES (Gr. 4)  Commissioned by the Shelby County (AL) Band Directors Association and dedicated to the 2014 All-Shelby County Honor Band.  The title refers to the Cahaba River which runs through the area.  The three connected dances reflect the composer’s general impression of one of the fastest growing and most prosperous areas in Alabama.  Duration:  6:45.

  • O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE  (Gr. 3)  Commissioned by the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu.  Written in remembrance of several important events in American history which had anniversaries in 2014, this work features an original theme with interludes interwoven with the opening motives of "The Star Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful."  Published Spring, 2015.  Duration: 4:15 



  • THUNDERBOLT (A P-47 Tribute)  (Gr. 3)  Commissioned by the middle school band directors of Okaloosa County, Florida and dedicated to the 2013 Okaloosa All-County Middle School Band.  A tribute to one of the workhorse airplanes of WWII, it was premiered on February 1, 2013.  Duration: 4:40

  • ARCH OF TRIUMPH (French March)  (Gr. 2)

  • FANTASY SKETCHES (Wizards, Elves and Talking Animals)  (Gr. 4)
    Commissioned by the Auburn (AL) Band Parents Association in honor of Dr. Rusty Logan upon his retirement as band director at Auburn High School.  This 9-minute work is based on characters from fantasy books.





  • MOUNTAIN COUNTRY DANCES  (Gr. 2.5)  Commissioned by the Northwest District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association and dedicated to the 2010-2011 All-District Middle School Symphonic Band.  Duration: 5:15  (performed at the 2011 Midwest Clinic)

  • THE SINGING RIVER  (Gr. 3)  Commissioned by the Shoals Area Band Directors Association of North Alabama for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Shoals Honor Band.  Based on a Native American legend.  Duration: 5:40

  • . . . TO REALMS OF ENDLESS DAY  (Gr. 2.5/3) Commissioned by the Thompson Middle School Band of Alabaster, AL, Connie and Tim Hammond, director.  Written in memory of band member Katie Dunn and her mother Millie who were killed in a tragic automobile accident.  Duration:  3:45  (performed at the 2011 Midwest Clinic)

  • THE BRANDENBURG GATE  (German March)  (Gr. 2.5)



  • O MIO BABBINO CARO (from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicci”) (Gr. 2)

  • THE CROWN OF CASTILE (Spanish March)  (Gr. 2.5)

  • ECHOES OF THE HOLLOW SQUARE  (Suite of Shaped Note Tunes for Band) (Gr. 4)  Commissioned by and dedicated to the Pelham (AL) High School Wind Ensemble and its director Jeff Burnside, Echoes of the Hollow Square was premiered on January 21, 2010.  In 3 movements (c. 8 1/2 min.), it is based on the early American tradition of shaped note singing.



  • THREE CZECH FOLK SONGS  (Gr. 2.5, Flex-Band)  Originally written in 1991 for the Auburn (AL) Junior High School Band, Three Czech Folk Songs has become a virtual “standard” in the young band repertoire.  This new version for Flex-Band (having only five wind parts plus percussion) is intended to make this delightful music available to smaller bands and bands with incomplete or unbalanced instrumentation. 

  • SUITE FOR WINDS AND PERCUSSION  (Remembering Daniel Pratt)  (Gr. 4) Commissioned by and dedicated to the Prattville (Alabama) High School Band and its conductor, Jon Bowman.  In three movements, the Suite commemorates the life and times of industrialist Daniel Pratt, the founder of Prattville.  Premiered on April 30, 2009 with the composer conducting.  Duration: 7:30

  • NEW FOREST MARCH  (British March)  (Gr. 2) 

  • QUINQUE  (Dance for Band)  (Gr. 2) 

  • NESSUN DORMA (from “Turandot”) (Gr. 2)





  • FANTASY ON A RUSSIAN AIR  (Gr. 3) Title should actually be "Fantasy on a Ukrainian Air."  (See the Blog/News post dated May 30, 2023).  Commissioned by and dedicated to the Flat Rock Middle School Band (Tyrone, GA) and its director Debbie Baker, it was premiered on November 13th, 2007.  A Gr. 3 composition in theme and variations form based on a Ukrainian folk song.  Duration: 4:00

  • NETTLETON  (Gr. 3) Nettleton was commissioned by and is dedicated to the Thompson Middle School Band of Alabaster, Alabama, and its directors, Connie and Tim Hammond.  Based on an early American hymn tune, the Grade 3 work was premiered by the TMS Band on January 11, 2008, at the In-Service Conference of the Alabama Music Educators Association.  Duration: 3:35



  • AND HOLD IN MEMORY  (Gr. 3) Commissioned by the Dothan (AL) High School Band, Steve McLendon and Marcie Ciecierski directors, in memory of deceased D.H.S. Band member Wesley Dunchof.  Completed in March and premiered on May 16, 2006.  Duration: 4:00

  • THE CARNIVAL OF VENICE  (Fantasie and Variations)  (Gr. 3)

  • SHEPHERD’S DANCE (from “Amahl and the Night Visitors”) (Gr. 3.5)


    Commissioned by and dedicated to the Homewood (AL) Middle School Band and their director Chris Cooper.  A Theme and Variations form based on a shaped-note “Sacred Harp” melody.  Premiered at the Alabama Music Educators Assn. Conference on January 20, 2006.  Duration: 5:00





  • BALLAD AND DANCE  (Gr. 3) A two-movement work, commissioned by and dedicated to the Lapel (IN) High School Band and the their director, Greg Scott.  The peaceful and serene “Ballad” is followed by a lively “Dance” in 6/8.  Premiered March 23, 2004.  Duration: 5:40


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