For Wind Ensemble
The main inspiration for Perpetual Ascent is meant to be that of motion. From the constant upbeat tempo and opening repetitive eighth note pattern, to the fluid triplet and quick rising motives seen throughout, the piece drives forward in a steadfast yet sometimes frantic way. Utilizing thick but unique orchestrational textures, players must strive to learn how their part fits and locks in with others due to the persistent and “rapid firing” rhythmic, melodic, and dynamic changes.
The Shadows of Time's Past
For Brass Band
Adapted from the British brass band tradition for instruments more commonly found in America, The Shadows of Time’s Past is meant to represent those moments in our lives that hold the utmost significance to us. Based on a simplistic four note theme, the piece is meant to derive meaning from this motivic development: augmenting the first iteration of the theme, secondly stating it in its entirety, next presenting a variation on it, before finally augmenting the theme once more that culminates in an ensemble tutti. These snippets of the theme reflect our memories that lie dormant within the shadows of our own minds; some are happy, some sad, some are crystal clear, while others are as distant as if we had never experienced them to begin with. As time moves away from these moments we hold dear, we may not remember every detail about the situation, but out of the shadows, we will remember why they are important, and the way they made us feel in the moment.