Brass

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.

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Easter Meditation for brass quintet  (2022)  2:56

For the Key City Brass.

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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.

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A Christmas Medley  (2012)  3:25

  1. What Child is This?
  2. Greensleeves
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  4. We Three Kings
  5. Good Christian Men Rejoice

for brass quartet/quintet (horn/trombone)

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Nocturne – brass quintet  (2019)  5:07

Commissioned by and Dedicated to Lawson Hager.

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Five Duets for Trumpets  (2020)  9:04

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Pentecost Meditation for brass quintet  (2021)  4:51

Communion hymn meditation.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Symphonic Duet for Trumpet and Percussion  (2018)  7:42

Commissioned by Dr. David Amlung and Dr. Juan Mendoza

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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.

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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.

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Three Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ  (2016)  17:32

Written for the Key City Brass Quintet and Hye-Jean Choi

I. Intensity

II. Solemnity

III. Jollity

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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Brass Octet in Three Movements  (1996‑97)  16:48

for 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, euphonium, and tuba, in three movements

I. Prelude

II. Chorale

III. Time

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in 1997.

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Fanfare for an Uncommon Trumpeter  (2000, rev. 2011)  1:00

for solo Bb trumpet

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Fanfare for the New Millennium for brass quintet  (2001)  4:10

This piece won the University of Oregon’s 125th Anniversary Composition Commission Competition. 

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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.

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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.

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Jubilation Fanfare for large brass ensemble  (2005)  3:02

for 6 trumpets, 5 horns, 3 trombones, 2 euphoniums, 2 tubas, timpani, cymbals

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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.

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Six Portuguese Folksongs for Brass Quintet  (2010)

arranged for young musicians

I. A Pastorinha

II. Carro amaricano

III. Coradinha

IV. Mourisca

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

 

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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. 

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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.

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Echoes for two trumpets  (2010)

This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox and Dr. Bernard Scherr.

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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.

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Corners for trumpet quartet  (2011)

This piece was a commission by Dr. John Irish, Professor of Trumpet at Angelo State University.

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Summer for brass quintet  (2012)

in four movements

I. Sun Rising

II. Heat

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.

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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.

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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.

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