Bounce (2020, arr. 2021)
For Wind Symphonyalso available for adaptable winds
Grade: 1+Duration: 1:20(Fl, Ob, Bsn, Cl, B. Cl) (A. Sax, T. Sax, B. Sax) (Tpt, Hn, Tbn, Eu, Tba) (3 Perc)
Score sample here.
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In the summer of 2020, I began diving into the world of “adaptable” pieces for winds. With these pieces, instead of assigning a large number of different parts to specific instruments, there are instead 4-5 parts that can be played by a number of instruments, allowing all parts to be covered with a smaller group. I had just finished my grade 2 work, “Flight Over Lake Michigan,” when one of my colleagues contacted me and asked if I had any grade 1 works in my catalog (long story short, I did not). With that, I decided the timing was perfect to write my first grade 1 piece, and “Bounce” was born.
Bounce falls into the category of light music, and is a fun piece that works great for young bands. Light textures and staccato articulations, along with tasteful percussion writing, help to create the light and bouncy feeling for which the piece is named. This version for wind symphony was transcribed from the original adaptable arrangement.
Premiere performance recording of the Frost Middle School Concert Band on May 18, 2021.