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 Email Randall for sample requests. Click here…

New Era Fanfare

This edgy, contemporary fanfare uses pop rhythms and thundering percussion to create a truly memorable musical statement, enhanced by the use of synthesizer.   *JW Pepper’s Editor’s Choice 2013 Email Randall for sample requests. Click here for score

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.…

Little Suite for Band

An homage to the traditional suites for concert bands, this four movement work features an “Ayre,” a “Ballad,” a “Gigue”, and a “March.”* *Bandworld Magazine 2014 Top 100 Email Randall for sample requests. Click here for score

In Quiet Hours…

This work honors the long hours and quiet dedication of music educators all over the world.  Written for one-on-a-part, this work is achievable for the smallest ensembles but will sound lush and effective with the largest ensembles as well. Email Randall for sample requests.