Grade 5 Consortium Opportunity

I’m excited to write a new work for wind ensemble at the grade 5 level. The piece will consist of three connected movements totaling approximately 10 minutes.   The consortium will be led by Dr. Chris Dobbins and the Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble.

This piece will display reality as it currently is and reality as it could be. I want the piece to give listeners the opportunity to experience a cleansing of emotion that leads to renewal. The piece will be more in the realm of absolute music and is intended to show that through music we have the power to use our imaginations for good rather than evil. It will be a piece where I do not hold back in terms of intensity, drama, beauty or joy.

Instrumentation: : Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 3 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet (optional), 2 Alto Saxes, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, 4 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 4 Trombones (3 tenor/1 bass), 2 Euphoniums, Tuba, Timpani, and 5 Percussionists.

Cost to join the consortium is $500. This cost can be split into two payments (All due by Dec 1 2019). Consortium members will receive a hard copy score and parts. The piece will be finished by August 1st, 2019. Members are free to perform the work following the March 2020 premiere, and will have exclusivity through January 1st, 2021.

We certainly hope you’ll join us in bringing to life what I hope to be an important contribution to our literature. If you wish to join the consortium or if you have any questions, please contact me directly at or Chris Dobbins at

Program Notes:

“Catharsis” is a psalm for band that consists of three connected movements, totaling approximately 10 minutes. The piece begins with a fanfare that acts as an acknowledgment and cleansing of emotion. This gives way to a calmer lyrical movement which eventually turns into a spirited dance-like movement. Finally, the Cathartic Fanfare returns as it combines with this dance-like theme.

Music needs no justification. It is a good thing that can be cherished for its own sake. However, music also has many purposes as it has countless ties with reality. It can show reality as it currently is and reality as it can be in the future. Music has great power to help express and release emotions inside of us and it has the power to connect us with realities we do not as easily sense or experience. With this piece I used music as a vehicle to both acknowledge emotions from within and to tap into a brighter reality that exists regardless of circumstances.