Dark Ride

Take a moonlit chase through a darkened forest in this haunting piece written in a galop-esque character that adds to the thrill. This thrilling work features dissonant harmonies, driving percussion, and optional synthesizer to create everything from an organ to voices and an eerie harpsichord. A frighteningly good choice that offers something a little different…

Still, Still, Still

I love Christmas music.  LOVE it.  I listen to them at Christmas time, sing them, and thought that I knew most of them.  My assistant director requested an arrangement of this carol for our Junior Band, and I had no idea what he was talking about.  Somehow, this beautiful song went under my radar all…

The Rowan Tree

The Rowan Tree, based on an old Scottish melody, is a great lyrical showcase for your band.  I first heard this melody when playing Pentland Hills, a concert march by Howe.  “The Rowan Tree” appears in that work as the trio melody.  Ever since hearing it, it stuck with me until I finally decided to do…

Portent

The word Portent is defined as a sign or omen that signifies an event of great importance or consequence.  I wrote this piece as a concert opener or festival selection.  Sometimes, when a composer is writing, ideas start as small seeds and grow over time.  This one, however, arrived full-blown and ready to go in one flash…

Pandora

Pandora was written at the request of my friend and mentor Brandon Robinson.  He said he wanted a young band piece that used 20th Century techniques.  The aleatoric sections, harsh dissonances, and programmatic nature fulfill this requirement while still being accessible for young players.  *J.W. Pepper’s Editor’s Choice 2007 Sample Requests Email Randall for sample requests.…

Lullabye (Waltz for Band)

Lullabye is a piece that is supposed to evoke the soft, soothing quality of childhood lullabyes.  As a percussionist, it has always irritated me that percussion seem to get cheated on lyrical pieces.  This piece, hopefully, offers percussionists the opportunity to show a more expressive side and participate more fully in this type of music.…