I recently had the honor of being commissioned to write an arrangement of “By the Sea of Crystal” for the Lee High School Senior Band in Wyoming, MI. This is the location where I completed my student teaching. This was commissioned to celebrate the graduation of the senior class of 2015, and in memory of David E. Gabrielse. David, the father of director Kevin Gabrielse, passed away in early February of 2015. He was called “Grandpa G” by Lee’s band students. “By the Sea of Crystal” was his favorite hymn.
I’m very excited to announce that “Venom,” my first original concert band work, will receive its world premiere next month! It will be performed on September 26 by the Rio Rico High School Band in Rio Rico, Arizona, under the baton of my friend Rachel Gasper. A recording will be posted after the premiere. I’m looking forward to working with these students!
Below is the MIDI recording. Purchase here!