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
Dr. George A. Cavanagh, Conductor
UAH Wind Ensemble
Listen to Concerto for Band.