Stonewall: 1969

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, and the patrons fought back. To understand the magnitude of this event, one must understand the social conditions that the LGBTQ+ community had been living under prior to this evening.  Very few public businesses welcomed openly queer patrons, and those that did were often the site…

Deus Ex Machina

Some people say I suffer from an overactive imagination. That is not try.  I don’t suffer from it at all.  I enjoy every minute of it. I remember being in English class in high school, and learning about classical plays.  Mrs. Eggburn (my fantastic 11th Grade English teacher) mentioned the “Deus Ex Machina,” or “God…

Havana Nights

My musical tastes are wildly eclectic.  One moment, you might find me enjoying Beethoven’s symphonies and the other you might find me head-banging to Iron Maiden.  I have never been a musical snob and I value and love the entire array of sounds, rhythms, and textures that the world of music, in all its forms,…

Earthdawn

Imagine that every day holds the possibility of hope.  Imagine that every day holds the possibility of goodness and love.  Imagine that every day holds the potential for creation. These are the ideas that spawned Earthdawn. This works paints the picture of a lush landscape that begins to wake as the first rays of sunlight…

Where Words End…

Sometimes, music is not “about” anything. It exists solely for the beautiful sounds it creates and the emotions derived from that aesthetic experience.Where Words End… falls firmly into this category of music. This expressive piece makes creative use of the ranges and colors available for young bands to create a truly remarkable new work for…

Alarm

Sound the alarms! This bombastic work will make an exciting addition to your next concert and keep your students motivated from rehearsal to rehearsal. Searing dissonances, tri-tones, and syncopated rhythms have been utilized carefully to create a challenging, yet achievable piece with active parts for all players. Sure to be a hit with musicians and…

El Zorro Rojo (Concert March)

This spirited concert march portrays the lighthearted, mischievous nature as well as the flowing and graceful beauty of this wonderful creature, the red fox. Vibrant Spanish harmonies and the buoyant 3/4 time signature give this march a decidedly stimulating and exotic character. Published by Alfred Music Click here for score

When Summer’s In the Meadow

With its title originating in one of the most poignant, nostalgic lines of text in the Irish folk song “Danny Boy”, Standridge has created a dreamily beautiful setting of this beloved song, accessible to young bands. A number of scoring elements elevate this approachable work to a higher musical plane, including a unison clarinet section,…

March of the Arachnids

“March of the Arachnids” is the second movement in the composer’s “Garden Suite”, following “Frogs” from 2018. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Shoo Fly” serve as its primary melodic material, though given a minor mode and 6/8 twist. Composer Standridge shows off his chops brilliantly by combining the two melodies for a rousing ending. This…