*5 copies minimum purchase. E-mail Steve Dunn for music. SATB Chorus and Piano Italian for "The Dance of Life", "Danza Della Vita" was commissioned for the Ira F. Simmons Middle School Eighth Grade Choir, John Kincaid, director. This is a composition for SATB chorus with piano that takes into consideration the needs of changing voices, yet is appropriate for more mature voices as well. The original text (which is in English in spite of the title) also encourages singers to discover the uniqueness of who they are "...and dance!".
Commissioned by the East Cooper Baptist Church Orchestra, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Mike Doll, director. This was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Music and Worship Pastor, Dean Henderson. This classic hymn, featuring the CORONATION hymn tune, was chosen because it is a favorite of Dean's. The arrangement begins with a driving 6/8 fanfare and keeps up the pace to its powerful conclusion. If you are looking for an attention getting opener - or an energetic closer - this is for you. There is enough challenge to delightfully engage all of your players (Grade 3+ to 4) and the arrangement has a strong rhythm section core featuring acoustic guitar, with parts for optional electric guitar - though all of those parts can be covered by piano/keyboard.
This was written to be a quiet moment in the annual Christmas Spectacular presented by the University Of Mobile, Alabama School Of The Arts. Incorporating both familiar "Away In A Manger" melodies, this lovely piece features a Celtic harp (playable by standard harp or keyboard). All solos have cued options. This will be a special moment for your group and audience!
This was written for the annual "I Love America" celebration in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, performed by the Shades Mountain Baptist orchestra. I wanted to take a different approach than the usual military march-like tempo and mood normally associated with this piece. This one starts out mysteriously and steadily builds to a huge conclusion. (Grade 3+)
A great Christmas carol arranged as a showpiece for solo piano and orchestra (approximately Grade 3+ to 4). All of your players will have a chance to shine and your pianist will particularly love it. This will be a good - but realistic - challenge for a good pianist; a great pianist can just have fun - including an opportunity for an original cadenza, if desired (not included on the recording). The piece sparkles from the beginning and drives toward a fiery conclusion.
A sparkling, energetic setting of a well loved hymn with a powerful conclusion. This is appropriate for both worship and concert programming and comes with several substitute parts. It has been used successfully in both orchestra AND concert band settings. Commissioned by a group of churches for use with their orchestras.
Commissioned by the Nashville Praise Symphony, this arrangement of the classic hymn starts mysteriously and gradually builds to a grand conclusion. Although written for a larger orchestra, it has cues galore for all solo parts, cues for harp, a keyboard string reduction and the ability to be performed by a somewhat less expansive ensemble.
A favorite Christmas carol in a unique, updated version for orchestra; this one leans more toward "Trans-Siberian Orchestra" than a more traditional orchestral arrangement. It's best if you have a good guitarist (or two), but you can get by successfully with someone playing the part(s) on a synthesizer.
A simple, peaceful arrangement of this beautiful, 200 year old German Christmas carol. This setting features a short solo at the beginning and end of the piece which can either be sung (as it is in the online demo, by my daughter, Grace) or played on your choice of instrument. Several generic solo part options are included.
Composed for the 2021 University of Mobile Honor Band in the most challenging season in memory. Taking place during the pandemic, the Honor Band was literally held in a large, half open tent outdoors - which allowed for proper distancing and air circulation. It wasn't ideal, but it happened in a very successful and, thankfully, healthy way. I felt that it was important to have a joyful, upbeat and hopeful piece of music to introduce to these students. "A New Horizon" was the result and I was very pleased with how naturally and effectively it seemed to work with this group.
Composed for the 2015 University of Mobile Honor Band (where talented high school instrumentalists come in for a few days of intense rehearsal and, hopefully, some fun). This is the first installment in the ongoing "American Legends" series for wind band, recorded by the University of Mobile Symphonic Winds.
Composed for the 2020 University of Mobile Honor Band, this is the 5th and final installment in the ongoing "American Legends" series for wind band. It tells the story of the powerful railroad worker, John Henry (you can "hear" his name in the opening motif), and his contest with a steam powered drilling machine. Dynamic and exciting.
Commissioned by flutist and retired music professor, Robert Pritchard, to be a work for flute and wind band. Although the piece is quite lovely - as is the Appalachian folk hymn on which it is based - the solo part does include some virtuosic cadenza moments which will be a welcome challenge for more accomplished players. The work was premiered in October 2019 by Mr. Pritchard, accompanied by the University of Mobile Symphonic Winds and conducted by the composer.