From graduation, prom, senior trips, musical performances, and more, their senior year has been less than ideal due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. Life puts us in difficult situations where barriers need to be broken, and many of times these barriers are out of our control. But with friends, family, and music we can always encourage each other to keep Breaking through…
This work was commissioned by Mae Weiss, and the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.High Intensity is an exciting and energetic work that can be used as a concert opener or closer.The opening motif is based on a tune that my two-year-old daughter sings around the house, asshe runs like a future Olympian.
This work is full of energy from beginning to end with a driving tempo and rhythmic ideas. Imagine yourself running through a forest under a moonlit sky, chasing shooting stars as they travel through the Earth’s atmosphere. The chase is one of joy and excitement! Running between the trees, jumping over logs and branches while trying to keep up with the stars. Although we may never be able to keep up or catch them, the Night Chase is always worth it.
Just Vibe! (A Taste of Culture)
This work is constructed for an ensemble of 16 wind players and 3 percussionists. Just Vibe!, represents a taste of the African-American culture with ideas, such as musical licks similar to groups like Earth Wind and Fire/Heatwave, grooves heard in 1990’s hip-hop, and even unique chordal structures from current artists like Anderson.Paak. Using a rhythmic ostinato set in the first two measures this work carries energy (hype/chill) from beginning to end. Sit back, enjoy, and Just Vibe!