Band

The First Age of Middle-Earth: a Symphony for Concert Band  (2013-2014)

I – The Shadow Lengthens
II – The Fall of Nargothrond
III – Upon Hearing the Nightingale
IV – The Morningtide of Númenor

This symphony is dedicated to the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band and its conductor, Dr. Wayne Dorothy. It was inspired by important themes that I found in The Silmarillion. It formed the basis of a presentation I gave titled, “From Epic Narrative to Music: Tolkien’s Universe as Inspiration for The First Age of Middle-earth: a Symphony for Concert Band” for the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies for the Worlds made of Heroes Conference “On the 60th anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring”, 6-7 November 2014, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto.

Show Recordings

Three Portuguese Folksongs  (2008)

arranged for middle school band

I. Uma laranja

II. Meu benzinho

III. La vai o comboio

This set was premiered by the Anson High School Concert Band (Anson, Texas) under the direction of Rob Hartman.

Short and Suite  (2007)

arrangement of Dance Suite for wind ensemble

I. Prelude

II. March

III. Ballade

IV. Waltz

V. Two-Step

This set was premiered by the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Wayne Dorothy.

Three Sketches on Jonathan  (2006)

for wind ensemble

I. Whirling Dervish

II. Night Sighs

III. Mischief

This work is an arrangement of my “Piano Sonata, no. 1”. I made this arrangement because I believed the material was perfect for concert band. The set is highly evocative of some of the fun things my son did when he was a child.

Energy of Youth  (2000)

for concert band

This piece was commissioned by Chris Mudd, former band director of Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon.

Hope in the Age of Anxiety  (1999)

for concert band

This piece was read by the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Rob Ponto.

Ascension  (1991, rev. 1998)

for marching band

The original version was performed by the Saint Paul High School Marching Band (Santa Fe Springs, California) under the direction of Bernie Scherr.

Bandmaster Overture  (1990, rev. 1994)

for wind ensemble

This piece was commissioned by Duane Weston, former band director of the College of the Sequoias, Visalia, California. Its premiere was conducted by Bernie Scherr.

Fanfare and Entry  (1987)

for marching band

This piece was premiered by the College of the Sequoias marching band under the direction of Bernie Scherr. This piece is basically a 70’s pop tune which I composed as an “in the stands” chart for football games. It was fun.