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…

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 Email Randall for sample requests. Click here…

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.…