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“Puckett is adept at moving between extreme points on the tonal spectrum for expressive effect”

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Live Performance by Gerard Morris and the Puget Sound Wind Ensemble

wind ensemble
12 minutes

commissioned by the Bridgeworks Project and CBDNA Western and Northwestern divisions


Flute I-II-III-IV [IV doubles picc.]
Oboe I-II
B-flat Clarinets I-II-III [at least 2 on a part]
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet in B-flat I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Double Bass

Percussion 5 players


I have never been good at saying goodbye. I find it difficult to quickly sum up time shared with a pithy comment or words of gratitude. I usually prefer to simply vanish and remember the meaningful time spent together. Let me be clear: This is a terrible way to say goodbye.

I recently said goodbye to a great friend and mentor who lost an epic battle with cancer. Fortunately, he did not share my fondness for ghosting. He demanded I come to his hospice bed to spend long afternoons sitting quietly together listening to a good hard rain, talking about music, family, and a life meaningfully lived. I am so grateful he did.

a proper goodbye was commissioned by the Bridgeworks Project via the CDBNA Western and Northwestern divisions with support from the following specific programs:

Arizona State University – Jason Caslor
Brigham Young University-Idaho – Diane Soelberg California State Polytechnic University-Pomona – Rickey Badua
California State University-East Bay – Danielle Gaudry
California State University-Los Angeles – Emily Moss
California State University-Sonoma – Andy Collinsworth
Eastern Arizona College – Geoff DeSpain
Grand Street Community Band – David Blumenthal
Pacific University – Michael Burch-Pesses
Puget Sound University – Gerard Morris
University of British Columbia – Robert Taylor
University of Nevada-Reno – Reed Chamberlin
Utah Valley University – Thomas Keck
Washington State University – Troy Bennefield