Fanfares for Friends
for Concert Band
1. A Fanfare for Gary (5 minutes)
2. A Fanfare for Joe (5 minutes)
Full Score available for purchase HERE
Commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi, National Band Fraternity, and Tau Beta Sigma,
National Band Sorority for the 2019 National Intercollegiate Band, Jerry Junkin conducting.
Recording coming soon!
In thinking about the nature of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, it occurred to me that honoring the service of those who mentored and inspired each subsequent generation is at the very core of their missions. In that spirit, I have written fanfares to celebrate two people who have profoundly influenced my life.
- A Fanfare for Gary. Gary Green has devoted his entire life to the belief that a group of people chasing a beautiful musical moment is one of the things that make life worth living. He radiates goodness and possesses a perpetually curious spirit. I am so grateful that he is my friend.
- A Fanfare for Joe. I know that Shoeless Joe Jackson—who has been dead since 1951—seems an unlikely friend for a 21st-century composer from Atlanta. But Joe, who was banned from major league baseball as part of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal and served as the protagonist of my opera, The Fix, has long inspired me with his sheer greatness and his tragic downfall. While his life may serve as a kind of requiem for the American dream, this fanfare imagines him at the height of his greatness and the dream that might have been.
Fanfares for Friends was commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi, National Band Fraternity, and Tau Beta Sigma, National Band Sorority for the 2019 National Intercollegiate Band, Jerry Junkin conducting.