The Long Goodbye for Bb trumpet and piano (2021) 10:36
The Long Goodbye” traces the emotional journey of gradually losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease. It begins with the sudden, but not completely unexpected diagnosis, and then evokes the highs and lows of the good and bad days in which the present and memories of the past become intertwined. Near the end of the piece, there is dramatic passage in which the profound sense of loss is keenly felt. The piece concludes with an epilogue that conveys the Christian hope of eternal life for our loved ones.
This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Amlung and premiered by the ACU wind ensemble, it is part of the Consortium Commissioning Project sponsored by ACU, HSU, McMurry, and Eastern New Mexico University. This version is for purchase for those that seek to enter the Consortium.
The Long Goodbye for Bb trumpet and piano
Easter Meditation for brass quintet (2022) 2:56
For the Key City Brass.
Easter Meditation for brass quintet
The Sound of Trumpets for the Lord (2021) 4:11
for mixed trumpet ensemble
Piccolo Trumpet in A, Piccolo Trumpet in G, Trumpet in D, Rotary Trumpet in C, Trumpet in C, Piccolo Trumpet in Bb, Trumpet in Eb, Trumpet in Bb, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Low Trumpet in F, and Bass Trumpet in Bb.
This work was commissioned by Jay Lester for the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild for their performance at TMEA in February, 2022.
The Sound of Trumpets for the Lord
A Christmas Medley (2012) 3:25
- What Child is This?
- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
- We Three Kings
- Good Christian Men Rejoice
for brass quartet/quintet (horn/trombone)
A Christmas Medley
Nocturne – brass quintet (2019) 5:07
Commissioned by and Dedicated to Lawson Hager.
Nocturne – brass quintet
Five Duets for Trumpets (2020) 9:04Show Recordings
Five Duets for Trumpets
Pentecost Meditation for brass quintet (2021) 4:51
Communion hymn meditation.
Evening Reflections for flugelhorn and piano (2020) 9:27
for Flugelhorn and piano
Commissioned by and Dedicated to David Amlung in honor of his father
Who’s on First for Bb Trumpet and Trombone (2020) 4:03
Commissioned by and Dedicated to John E. Kennedy, Professor of Fine Arts, South Plains College, Levelland, Texas
Who’s on First
Fanfare and Hymn for trumpet sextet (2020) 5+ minutes
Commissioned by and Dedicated to the Altus Trumpet Ensemble
Commissioned by and Dedicated to the Altus Trumpet Ensemble.
Fanfare and Hymn
Forever Rising double trumpet quintet (2018) 4.00
This piece was commissioned by members of the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild for their upcoming performance at the 2019 TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Symphonic Duet for Trumpet and Percussion (2018) 7:42
Commissioned by Dr. David Amlung and Dr. Juan Mendoza
Symphonic Duet for trumpet and percussion
Lontano for Bb Trumpet, Percussion, and Electronics (2018) 7:55
This piece evokes images of an ancient battle field, long silent, upon which the echoes of the combatants still linger.
Lontano for Bb Trumpet, Percussion, and Electronics
For Those We Miss for two trumpets and piano (2016) 8:52
This piece is dedicated to all of the wonderful musicians that have either recently passed away or are no longer teaching at HSU. The music traces their emotional state of hearing bad news and their struggle with the life decisions that followed this news.
For Those We Miss for two trumpets and piano
Three Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ (2016) 17:32
Written for the Key City Brass Quintet and Hye-Jean Choi
Three Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ
A Trumpet Shall Sound for brass quintet (2016) 6:11
This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Amlung, Assistant Professor of Music, McMurry University, in honor of Dr. Mark Wilcox.Show Recordings
A Trumpet Shall Sound
Fanfare and Prelude for trumpet and organ (1992) 2:09
for trumpet and organ
I wrote this piece for myself and the organist at my former parish church. We premiered it at an Easter Vigil service. I also performed it again in Eugene, Oregon. It is rhythmic, tonal, and stately.
Fanfare and Prelude for trumpet and organ
Fanfare for Four Trumpets (1995)
This piece was written for trumpet players in the studio of George Recker, my trumpet professor at the University of Oregon. It was premiered at the School of Music graduation ceremony in 1996.
Fanfare for Four Trumpets
Brass Octet in Three Movements (1996‑97) 16:48
for 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, euphonium, and tuba, in three movements
This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in 1997.
Brass Octet I. Prelude
Brass Octet II. Chorale
Brass Octet III. Time
Fanfare for an Uncommon Trumpeter (2000, rev. 2011) 1:00
for solo Bb trumpetShow Recordings
Fanfare for an Uncommon Trumpeter
Fanfare for the New Millennium for brass quintet (2001) 4:10
This piece won the University of Oregon’s 125th Anniversary Composition Commission Competition.
Fanfare for the New Millennium
Academic Fanfare and Processional for brass octet, timpani, and organ (2001) 6:34
This work was commissioned by Hardin-Simmons University for the inauguration of its former president, Dr. Craig Turner.
Academic Fanfare and Processional
Fanfare for Six Horns (2002) 2:13
This piece was written for the horn studio of former Dean and Associate Professor of Horn, Lawson Hager, Hardin-Simmons University.
Fanfare for Six Horns
Jubilation Fanfare for large brass ensemble (2005) 3:02
for 6 trumpets, 5 horns, 3 trombones, 2 euphoniums, 2 tubas, timpani, cymbalsShow Recordings
Jubilation Fanfare for large brass ensemble
Three Cues for Trumpet and Piano (2009) 15:43
I. Watch Out!
II. Take a Break
III. Get Up, Get Moving!
This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox, Assistant Professor of High Brass, McMurry University.
Three cues for Trumpet and Piano
Six Portuguese Folksongs for Brass Quintet (2010)
arranged for young musicians
I. A Pastorinha
II. Carro amaricano
V. O ai, o linda!
VI. O Xi-Xi
These pieces are published by Cherry Classics and can be purchased at: https://cherryclassics.com/collections/vendors?q=Scherr
O ai, o linda!
O Xi, Xi
Groovy Pastorinhas for brass quintet (2010) 2:30
This piece is a VERY jazzy version of a Portuguese folksong.
This piece was written for the Key City Brass Quintet.
Groovy Pastorinhas for brass quintet
Let’s Go Fast for trumpet quintet (2010) 4:13
also arranged for brass quintet
This piece was commissioned by the late Dr. Mark Wilcox, former Assistant Professor of High Brass, McMurry University.
Let’s Go Fast for brass quintet
Let’s Go Fast for trumpet quintet
Echoes for two trumpets (2010)
This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox and Dr. Bernard Scherr.
Featurettes for brass quintet (2010) 10:10
in three movements
Featurette I: A Little Work
Featurette II: A Little Rest
Featurette III: A Little Play
This piece was written for and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.
Featurettes for brass quintet
Corners for trumpet quartet (2011)
This piece was a commission by Dr. John Irish, Professor of Trumpet at Angelo State University.
Summer for brass quintet (2012)
in four movements
I. Sun Rising
III. No Vacation
IV. Early evening
This piece was inspired by the terribly hot summer of 2010. It was composed for and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.
Summer I-Sun Rising
Summer III-No Vacation
Summer IV-Early evening
The Music of Valinor for brass quintet (2013)
in four movements
I. The Procession of the Valar, With the Interludes of Melkor
II. The Song of Yavanna, Creating Telperion and Laurelin
III. The Treachery of Melkor, the Theft of the Silmarils
IV. The Ascent of Vingilot, the Rise of the Star of Eärendil
This piece is inspired by the beautiful tales found in The Silmarillion, and was composed and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.
Valinor I-The Procession of the Valar
Valinor II-The Song of Yavanna
Valinor III-The Treachery of Melkor
Valinor IV-The Ascent of Vigilot
Grey Skies for horn and piano (2014) 9:45
Commissioned by Dr. Robert Tucker. This piece was inspired by the grey skies that haunted Sam and Frodo as they struggled in their journey towards Mordor. They were single-minded in their dedicated to completing what seemed and felt like an impossible task. They overcame their fear and constantly moved forward toward their goal, whatever end that would be.