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The 2024 Purposeful Repertoire Consortium
What to Expect (updated 12.09.2023)

Below are the CURRENT parameters/ characteristics of each work designed from the feedback and discussions with various directors and members of this consortium.

Abstract Painting

Information about the piece:

(This will be updated as more consortium members join and offer suggestions)

  • ca. 3-5 minutes

  • Minimalist inspired textures and material

  • Explores the light and flowing colors/ textures of the wind band as a balance to the abundance of "intense", "heavy", and "drop the hammer" repertoire

  • Clear melodic material! (many comments about the lack of melody in works of this genre)

  • Fresh, modern harmonies but with emphasis on triads so musicians can more quickly "wrap their ears around the piece"

  • Less "taxing" (but still active) high brass parts to allow rest for more demanding pieces later in concert

  • Oboe part that can be eliminated, but a split part provided to avoid dreaded unison oboe for those lucky enough to have multiple

  • Thoughtful cues and doubling throughout to cover missing parts or help your weaker sections

  • An attempt to make more active lines in all parts (to prevent the all too common whole-note tuba part)

  • Mallet percussion parts are repetitive enough for students to learn quickly.

  • All percussion parts easily doubled/ tripled to keep "extra" percussionists busy. Some parts easily eliminated for those with a percussionist shortage. Possible piano part (doubled in percussion for those without).

  • Expected to be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2024 for Spring '25 programming, though there is an outside chance of the work being available after summer 2024.

Grey Limbo

Overall Consortium Guidelines

  • This piece intends to be in the Grade 3-4 range

  • The piece will be orchestrated with the general goal of sounding strong on the first read-through with enough musical substance to fill longer rehearsal schedules

  • The piece will be relatively short in duration (3-5 minutes) and "plug in" to programming "gaps"

  • Consortium members and advisors include all directors, but with emphasis on frequent honor band directors, directors of the"second/third" ensembles at the college level, smaller colleges and high schools


  • Consortium members names will appear on the inside of the score with their institution name

  • This consortium will be advertised as a collaboration with directors who are intimately familiar with this level of music and have collaborated to create purposeful repertoire in this genre

  • Score and parts will be delivered as soon as they are completed (no later than December 31, 2024). At the moment, there is a possibility of completion by summer 2024.

  • Consortium members were divided on exclusivity versus allowing immediate access to ensembles (especially public schools). As a compromise, each piece will be available for performance to non-consortium members 3 months after the first delivery to members. This increases the likelihood for the possibility of regional premieres for consortium members who expressed interest.


  • Recommended payment is as soon as possible. Consortium members will not be listed in the score until payment or a Purchase Order has been received. Payment is final with no refunds.

  • I am happy to join you and your students for any rehearsals/ performances (virtually or physically if feasible). Included in the price is up to 60 minutes of a virtual rehearsal or time for feedback. This project is about connecting the band community so please reach out!

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Kevin Poelking

Unique, thoughtful, and meticulously crafted, Kevin Poelking’s  work is quickly emerging in the world of modern music. Always mindful of contributing purposefully to the repertoire, Poelking considers the experience of audience members, musicians, and conductors from the outset of his creative process.


Within the first three years of his professional career as a composer, he was named a winner or top finalist in several competitions including The NBA/ William D. Revelli Memorial Composition Contest, The American Prize, The Reno Pops Composer's Showcase, and The Minot Symphony Orchestra Young Composer’s Competition.


Poelking receives regular commissions and performances in his home state of Colorado and beyond. He has received world premieres from The Dallas Winds, the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, and the Montgomery Philharmonic. His music has been performed at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the University of Michigan, and other academic and professional venues throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.

An accomplished conductor, Poelking received a Master of Music degree with Dr. Rebecca Phillips, and was invited to conduct the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in 2019.


His composition teachers include award-winning composer Dr. James M. David and Pulitzer Prize-Nominated composer Dr. Carter Pann.

Poelking currently serves on the music faculty at Colorado State University and works as Composer-in-Residence for the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras.

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