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Concerto for Band, composed in the fall of 1971, was premiered in March, 1972 at the Mid-East Instrumental Music Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The three movement work offers many musical styles through its twelve-minute duration. The first movement provides a solid beginning, through a traditional theme and development approach. In the second movement, individual talent is showcased through a series of lyrical solos. Quartal harmony and whole tone scales bring the piece to a fiery, climatic ending. Concerto for Band, as the composer puts it, “was written from the front row seat of the concert hall…”

This the following comment:

“…it is definitely a ‘crowd pleaser’ and a piece which band members are thrilled with playing; but more, it provides a sensitive and memorable music experience. The Concerto for Band is playable by a strong high school band, is a welcome addition to the band literature, and I recommend it highly.”

Dr. George A. Cavanagh, Conductor
UAH Wind Ensemble


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Rhapsody For Soprano Saxophone and Band - Composed in 1972-73 on Commission from the late Nestor Koval, Saxophonist in Residence at Duquesne University. Premier Performance by the Duquesne University Symphonic Band, Dr. John Wilson, Conductor; Nestor Koval, Soprano Saxophone Soloist Rite Of An Occasion - Composed as Master of Music Thesis [University of Miami] under the tutelage of Clifton Williams and Alfred Reed. Premier Performance by the West Mifflin South High School Concert Band, Henry Sokolowski, Conductor
Fanfare and Fantasia - Composed in 1984 on Commission from the Fort Wayne Indiana Community Band, Dr. George A. Cavanagh, Conductor Full Circle - [Trombone Duet] Composed in 1999 on Commission by the Penn Hills High School Band, Ben Holste, Director; on the occasion of Mr. Holste's retirement from Music Education. Metamorphosis Of A Stoic - Composed in 1980-81 - Premiered in 1981by the Hartwick College [Oneonta, NY] Symphonic Band, Dr. George A. Cavanagh, Conductor.

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Passages - PDF Download
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Passages - Composed in 1996 on Commission by the Penn Hills High School Band, Ben Holste, Director: in Memory of Janelle Burgess (1978-1996)

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Air National Guard [Concert March] - Composed in 2003 - Premier Performance on December 7, 2003 by the West Mifflin Area High School Wind Ensemble, Devon Smeal, Conductor.

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Intermezzo - [from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. The opera premiered on May 17, 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. The opera's symphonic Intermezzo has figured in the sound track of several films, most notably in the opening of "Raging Bull" and in the finale of "The Godfather Part III" the latter of which featured a performance of the opera as a key part of the film's climax. Vito DiSalvo transcribed the Intermezzo for concert band in 1994.
Also available as an orchestral arrangement.

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