Utopia

Randall Standridge · Utopia (Grade 4, Randall Standridge, Wind Ensemble) Sample Score (CLICK HERE!) About Utopia We are all different and you know what?  That’s okay.  Great, in fact. One thing that has always made me want to scream is when people, in an effort to build bridges or make certain populations feel welcome, say “well,…

Providence

Randall Standridge · Providence (Grade 4, Wind Ensemble) – Randall Standridge Sample Score (CLICK HERE!) About Providence Nestled on the western edge of Georgia is Providence Canyon.  Also known as the “Little Grand Canyon”, this beautiful state park, with its steep cliffs and red clay coloring” is both peaceful and majestic.  This work attempts to capture…

Fiat Lux

Program Notes Fiat Lux.  “Let there be light.” In 2019, I was very fortunate to be invited to the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) to serve as the clinician/composer-in-residence for a conference and honors event they were hosting. During my travels, I meet all kinds of people, and, generally speaking, I get along with them. …

To Horizons Unseen

Honoring the career of an Illinois band director upon her retirement, this gorgeous work comes off as an epic musical journey that is full of surprises. An oboe soloist (always cued) is featured in the lyrical yet emotionally powerful opening section. A spirited jig in 6/8 time takes over after the slow introduction. As the…

Galactic Fanfare

Galactic Fanfare is the first of a series of works the composer intends to write inspired by the language of movie music, entitled A Cinematic Suite.  It is written in the style of space operas and sci-fi adventures.  Featuring 12/8 time and driving rhythms, every section of the band is here treated with hyper-exciting parts,…

The Nine

This dramatic concert band work depicts a watershed moment in American History.  Written in honor of the Little Rock Central Nine and the 60th anniversary of the integration of the Little Rock school system, this work showcases an original spiritual by the composer (“Show Me the Light”) that is set in conflict with opposing forces…