A charming march with challenging detours.

Duration: 4’

Year of Completion: 1992

Premiered by the Eastman Wind Ensemble

Audio excerpt from 'Holiday Parade'

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Program note: 

I wrote Holiday Parade (1991) while I was a sophomore in college and it is my first work for band.  Shortly after its completion it was premiered with the Eastman Wind Ensemble at the baton of Louis Ferrari and was later performed by the University of Michigan Symphony Band directed by H. Robert Reynolds.  The work was inspired by one of my father’s stories from his days as a youngster in small-town West Virginia playing in the marching band.  My father, while playing trumpet in a town parade, was unfortunately caught off guard.  As the band rounded a turn in the parade route, he mistakenly kept on going straight to the amusement of many.  The truth of the story was obvious by the way that he would always blush when it was recounted.


Piccolo, Flutes 1-2, Oboes 1-2, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinets 1-3, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Bassoons 1-2, Alto Saxophones 1-2, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1-4, F Horn 1-4, Trombones 1-3, Basses, Timpani

Percussion: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Triangle, Crash Cymbal, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, and Tam-tam





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