CONCERT catalog

CONCERT catalog

In Progress

Menageries

For violin & percussion

Dedicated to Shawn and Karen Galvin.

In Progress
In progress

Sympatheia

For winds & percussion

Dedicated to the Gateway High School Bands (Monroeville, PA), Grapevine High School Bands (Grapevine, TX), Hampton High School Bands (Hampton Township, PA), Nease High School Bands (St. Augustine, FL), Norwin High School Bands (Irwin, PA).

In progress
Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021

Lunation (2021)

For vibraphone & marimba

Commissioned by Bret Hughes and the Park City High School (UT).

Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021
Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021

Smoke Screen (2021)

For winds & percussion

Dedicated to the Gateway High School Bands (Monroeville, PA), Grapevine High School Bands (Grapevine, TX), Hampton High School Bands (Hampton Township, PA), Nease High School Bands (St. Augustine, FL), Norwin High School Bands (Irwin, PA).

Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021
Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021

a Moment (2021)

For winds & percussion

Commissioned by the Belle Vernon High School Band (Belle Vernon, PA), Mark Surovchak, director. 

Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021
Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021

Melting Clocks (2021)

For winds & percussion

Commissioned by the Gateway Bands for the Gateway Middle School Band, Kelly Cornelius, director.

Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021
Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021

Towards the Light (2021)

For winds & percussion

Commissioned by the Hampton Townships School District for the Hampton Middle School Band, Shannon Shaffer, director.

Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021
Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021

Epoch (2021)

For percussion sextet

Commissioned by Hamiruge-the LSU Percussion Group as part of my Composer Residency at LSU for the 2020-2021 school year.

Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021
Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021

Crossing the Threshold (2020)

For large percussion ensemble & piano

Commissioned by Bret Hughes and the Park City High School (UT) Percussion Ensemble.

Completed and to be premiered in Spring 2021

Chemical Songs Volume 2 (2020)

Eight intermediate to advanced two-mallet solos for marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone with optional audio tracks. 

Check out the Tapspace link here.

To be premiered in 2021

WANDERLUST (2020)

For percussion septet

Commissioned by the John Marshall High School Percussion Ensemble (Glen Dale, WV), Jason Birch and Tracey Filben, directors.

To be premiered in 2021

Thundersnow (2019)

For percussion quintet with optional off-stage percussion

Commisioned by Hawaii Youth Percussion Ensemble, Caden Hong student in charge of commissioning project.

Check out the C. Alan Publications link here.

To be premiered in October of 2021 (premiere has been delayed multiple times due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

Treespeak (2019)

For percussion orchestra

Commissioned by the Open Nederlandse Slagwerk Kampioenschappen (ONSK) in The Netherlands.

To be premiered in October of 2021 (premiere has been delayed multiple times due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

Silence is not a Transition (2019)

For percussion quartet

Composed with Brett Dietz, Joe Moore, and Jude Traxler.

Listen on SoundCloud here.

Tribe (2017)

For on-stage percussion octet & 2+ or off-stage percussion

Commissioned by the Lancaster Catholic Percussion Ensemble (PA), directed by Paul Murr.

Check out the Tapspace link here.

TESTIMONIALS

TESTIM-
ONIALS

Droids on Parade

12 solos or duets for snare drum & bass drum

Difficulty: Beginner to Advanced
Duration: 0:30 – 2:00

Droids on Parade is a progressive set of twelve etudes for either snare drum alone, snare drum with pedal bass drum, or for two players; as duets for snare drum & bass drum. The collection both explores different snare drum challenges & styles that today’s percussionist most certainly should be confident with, but also attempts, through the integration of alternative metronome approaches, to provide an enriching vehicle for the development of rock-solid internal pulse.

a Song

Solo for four flower pots & crotales

Difficulty: Medium/ Advanced
Total Duration: 4:30

Digital Download: Immediately upon purchasing, a download link while be emailed that is active for 24 hours.

muted

For four drums

Difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 4:00

Available as a physical or digital copy.

Entangled

Solo for marimba and bamboo chimes

Difficulty: Medium to Advanced
Total Duration: 27:10

Available as a physical or digital copy.

Carbon

Solo for vibraphone & sizzle cymbals

Difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 7:20

Available as a physical or digital copy.

FOR A MUSE

For solo snare drum

Difficulty: Advanced
Total Duration: 6:30

Available as a physical or digital copy.

PERCHED

Duet for drumset and multiple-percussion

Difficulty: Medium/Advanced
Duration: 5:00

Perched upon each of our shoulders are the constant inner conversations of what is right vs. wrong, self-doubt vs. self-confidence, worry vs. bravery, etc… It can be paralyzing to listen too much, but also reckless to not listen at all. In writing Perched, I sought to place each performer on their (literal) throne behind a comfort zone of instruments, and compose a work that was song-like, dynamic, fun, and a break from all the mental chatter that can distract us from living this life to it’s fullest potential.

Perched was commissioned by Brett William Dietz and is dedicated to Brett and Stanton Moore.

Hydra

For percussion octet

Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 4:30

Hydra is a work for eight percussionists that is inspired by the greek, serpentine-like beast of the same name. Hydra’s canonical mythology tells the story of a multiple-headed water monster that would regenerate two heads should one ever be removed. There are many allusions to the number “2” and the idea of musical regeneration throughout the piece. Also, the “hisss” of the serpent is ever present in the graduated trash metals found in each performer’s setup.

beacons of light

For large percussion ensemble

Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 5:30

Beacons of Light is a work for large percussion ensemble and piano that portrays the frailty, hope, reverence, and finally deliverance involved in processing the loss of one that means so much to so many.

Beacons of Light was commissioned in memory of Ryan McCutcheon by the Hampton High School Percussion Section.

Auroras

For solo glockenspiel & atmospheric audio tracks 

Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 13:00

The five movements of Auroras represent some of the breathtaking colors seen in these rare phenomena and are depicted by various textures, moods, and harmonic languages or structures that have always spoken to me personally as feeling/sounding celestial.

Auroras for solo glockenspiel was commissioned by Austin Schmidt and is dedicated to my dear friend Omar Carmenates.

Chemical Songs

Eight progressive two-mallet solos for keyboard percussion

Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Duration: 1:00 – 2:30

Chemical Songs is a collection of eight progressive two-mallet solos for the developing keyboard percussionist. Moving from one etude to the next, students will gain a sense of the methodical approach as different musical concepts are carefully introduced and developed.

Coming of Age

For solo marimba & percussion quartet

Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 5:40

Coming of Age is a work for a featured marimba soloist and percussion quartet that attempts to subtly portray coming of age in today’s ever complicated world. It does so through an episodic form, a reflective yet optimistic harmonic language, mirrored setups, and long minimalistic phrases.

CANON FODDER

For percussion quartet

Difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 9:22

Notes from the score: We are living in challenging times. It weighs on me heavily, and I spend a great deal of time reflecting on the potentially catastrophic damage being done to our society, to the environment, and to our political and educational systems. I needed a way to express my wide range of feelings, and Canon Fodder was the result.

Elements

For marimba duo

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1:30-2:00 (four movements)

Elements for marimba duo was written with the young percussionist in mind, serving as a supplemental tool for percussion method books and/or private study. Each of the four movements represents a natural element through programmatic textures, phrasing, style, and tonality, drawing melodic inspiration from hymns with the corresponding element in their title.

PANTHERA PARDUS

For 10-12 young percussionists

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 4:00

Panthera Pardus (the leopard) is a work for young percussion ensembles that, through musical energy and orchestration, attempts to represent the many traits of the animal. As the leopard is noted for its strength, speed, and cunning, the composition uses three distinct sections and moods to musically portray this magnificent animal.

Panthera Pardus was written for and is dedicated to Mark Surovchak and the Belle Vernon Middle School Percussion Ensemble.

Bad Juju

For percussion octet

Difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 7:30

Bad Juju draws many influences from the title’s African origins and its dark, karmic, and witchcraft-like connotations. While not telling a programmatic story, it depicts moods and environments that reveal the effect that the title had on the composer. The instrumentation of three marimbas (one played by two performers) and a large collection of traditional African instruments was a very conscious decision—one that should allow each listener to experience the work in a unique way.

Mementos

For solo glockenspiel

Difficulty: Medium to Advanced
Duration: 9:00 (eight movements)

I read A LOT in my college days (books, yes books), something I am constantly trying to get back into despite the many medias being thrown at and distracting us on a minute-by-minute basis. The eight movements of mementos are my aural realization of a subconscious full of the disturbing, hilarious, darkened, and painfully beautiful words found in Chuck Palahniuk’s literary works: many of which I read during my time in graduate school at LSU.