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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…

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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…

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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.…

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Her Majesty’s Brigade

Her Majesty’s Brigade is a concert march inspired by British marches.  I’ve always love the regal, elegant style of these marches and their more lyrical quality.  In this march, I have tried to capture that sound and feeling. Email Randall for sample requests. Click here for score

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Grace

Grace was written at the request of my friend, Steven Cazort, in honor of his father, Ricky Eugene Cazort. Ricky grew up in Dewitt, Arkansas. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and they had two children, Steven and Amy. By all accounts, he was a good father, a good husband, and a good man. He…

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Gadget

I have always been an “early adopter” when it comes to technology.  I am fascinated by new gadgets; I am the worlds biggest kid when it comes to the “try me” button on a package.  I always take it at its word, usually to the annoyance of any employee of the store I am currently…

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Extremis

This aggressive work will make a dramatic musical statement at any concert! Trombone glissandi, extended chime effects, and tribal chanting combine to create a dark, brooding soundscape that will keep your audience and players on the edge of their seats. Perfect for opening or closing your next concert, this is truly “extreme!” Email Randall for…

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