Legacy Overture

This overture was written in memory of Dr. John Wacker, former Director of Bands at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, who tragically lost his life in a car accident on his way to playing a gig on his trumpet in 2014. Many aspects of Dr. Wacker’s personality are reflected in Legacy Overture, including his…

Pacifica

The West Coast has a reputation for being at the forefront of technology and innovation; it is also an area of great natural beauty. This duality of technology and nature provides the inspiration for this work. Staccato musical elements create a decidedly digital effect, contrasting stylistically with more lyrical melodies that represent the vistas of…

Of Monsters and Men

Mary Shelley’s literary classic is musically retold in this thrilling adaptation for concert band. Inspired by three scenes from the book, listeners are transported from the frigid arctic wasteland where the novel begins, to the eerie graveyards and laboratory where the monster is created, and finally to the terrifying climax. Styled after the Gothic soundtracks…

The Joyful Rose of Winter

Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring are blended together in this lyric work for concert band. The simple and moving beauty of each hymn complements the other as motifs are traded back and forth before arriving at a triumphant climax. Appropriate for winter or holiday concerts, contests and festivals, or any occasion…

With Every Winter’s Breath

Written in memory of a student who tragically passed away, this work celebrates life and the beautiful Colorado landscape she called home. *JW Pepper’s Editor’s Choice 2012.  Bandworld Magazine’s 2012 Top 100 Band Works.  Commissioned by the 2011 Bayfield High School Band from Bayfield, Colorado. Email Randall for sample requests. Click here for score

That Old Hound Dog Rag

That Old Hound Dog Rag was inspired by my two dogs, Toby and Angel.  They are very entertaining to watch, almost like a comedy team.  This tune came into my head one day as I was watching them.  Not many pets can say they’ve been immortalized in song, huh?  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this piece…