I’m currently working on a new commission for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble, a project being led by Sam Houston State University. The work is being commissioned in memory of Isaiah Ray, a Euphonium player and alum of SHSU who tragically passed away in 2006.
Isaiah’s younger brother Irving, now a Euphoniumist with the U.S. Army Band “Perishing’s Own” will be the soloist. Quite an amazing story that Irving, also a Euphonium player, has gone on to be a Euphoniumist with the Perishing’s Own.
The music is lyrical and reflective and I’m enjoying the process of thinking about interesting timbres that can be realized between Euphonium, winds and percussion. Stay tuned for more!
The work will be premiered at SHSU in early February, followed by a performance at TMEA.