Into the Blue (2003/2018) for Concert Band
Duration: 9 minutes
Instrumentation: Large Concert Band (see perusal score for details)
Commission: The Concert Band version was commissioned for the 2018 Lesbian and Gay Band Association National Conference
Premiere: May 2018; Kansas City, MO

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Program Notes: The phrase “Into the Blue” invokes thoughts of a journey into the unknown, an openness toward new possibilities, all accompanied by a playful, adventurous spirit and a big dose of spontaneity. I imagine a journey from one place to another without a direct route pre-mapped between start and finish. These descriptions of “Into the Blue” hold true for the composition as well. The piece is propelled by the events set in motion in the beginning and ideas are bounced playfully through the orchestra. The unexpected is embraced, spontaneous detours are celebrated and we journey together with the music into the distance, allowing events to unfold naturally and fully. “Into the Blue” for orchestra was commissioned and premiered by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City in 2003. This Concert Band version was commissioned for the 2018 Lesbian and Gay Band Association National Conference and was premiered in May 2018.


Panta Rhei (2010) for Wind Ensemble
Duration: 8 min
Instrumentation: 2+1,2,2+1,2, Sop.Sax, Alto Sax, Tn. Sax-4,3,3,1-timp.,perc (2), piano
Percussion Details: Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, triangle, 2 suspended cymbals, tam-tam
Difficulty: Band Grade 5/Advanced
Commission: UMKC Wind Symphony, Steven D. Davis, conductor
Premiere: UMKC Wind Symphony, Steven D. Davis, conductor, October 28, 2010; Kansas City, MO

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Program Notes: Panta Rhei, from the Greek “everything flows,” is a term that is attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus (c.535-c.475 B.C.). He believed that permanence was an illusion of the senses, that the world is permanently becoming and that all things are in constant flux. For me, music encapsulates this concept. For one, music only exists in time and therefore is in constant flux. There is also no permanence; one can never experience a piece the same way twice, nor is it possible to perform a piece exactly the same. Heraclitus beautifully sums up this concept by saying that one can never step into the same river twice. I find this comforting and exciting as a listener and as a composer. Panta Rhei was commissioned and premiered by Steven D. Davis and the UMKC Wind Symphony.