My thanks to Manhattan Beach Music for making a score image and recording of “Journey to the Prairie” available for perusal on-line. Still so very humbled by its inclusion alongside works by Michael Markowski, Joni Greene, and Jodi Blackshaw as a Frank Ticheli Composition Contest Award Winner. The piece remains a unique experience – outside of dynamics, articulations, and rehearsal numbers, it was completed over the course of one night. During some transition tasks (as Quincy would say) of mopping and sweeping (my wife was very happy that evening), the piece took shape in my mind. 5 Long hours of Finale in the wee hours of the morning it was finished. It sits at a grade 2 level, but an advanced elementary band can certainly handle it. If you are looking for a programmatic work unique in nature for a younger ensemble, I recommend taking a look at “Journey to the Prairie”.
What I’m writing about…
Advocacy American Visions Band Literature Bandworks Publications Brian Balmages Composers Composition Compositions Concert Band Concert Band Literature Concert Band Repertoire Conductors Drew Fennell Elementary Band Elementary Band Literature FJH Music High School Band Literature High School Concert Band Literature Instrumental Music Instrumental Music Education Irish Jig for Young Feet Joe Pisano Junior High Band Junior High Band Literature leadership Life & Music Life and Music Middle School Band Middle School Band Literature Motivation Music Music Advocacy Music Education Music Technology New Music Patrick Burns Pirates! Professionalism Repertoire Shine Tad Greig The Last Stagecoach Heist Travis J. Weller Wind Band Literature Wingert-Jones