for Concert Band

(see perusal score below for instrumentation)

Duration: ca. 7:30

I began composing Rise in early 2020 at the request of Dr. Jonathan Poquette, Director of Bands at Elon University in North Carolina. As part of this project, we wanted to involve his students in the overall ideas and theme of the work. We shared a survey asking students what they would prefer to see in the piece. 

At almost the exact same time, the world was beginning to witness the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a significant impact on the students' responses. As we read through their feedback, we noticed a number of references by the ensemble members to the school's mascot, the Phoenix. The students began mentioning that it might be important to have a piece that would be about all of us "rising" from the challenges facing us and in the process becoming a new and better version of ourselves.

Perhaps Rise does not tell the literal story of a Phoenix rising from the ashes, but this idea was certainly the inspiration for the piece. Moments of turmoil, doubt, hope, joy, and victory are all present throughout the work, sometimes at the same time. When the opening theme re-emerges in the second half of the piece, it is a stronger version of itself on the other side.




The COVID-19 Pandemic has (shocker!) made things very complicated and delayed the premiere of this piece by over a year. As a result, I have extended Elon University the full rights to premiere this work which has now been scheduled for November 16, 2021.

To honor this, after your  purchase, you will receive an email asking for you to confirm that your intended performance date will be after November 16, 2021.


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Score: $40

Score and PDF Parts: $85

Parts will be engraved with the purchaser's information on the bottom left of the pages

Score and Physical Parts: $145

Parts will be printed on single-sided 8.5 x 11, 28 lb paper

PDF Score and PDF Parts: $145

Score and Parts will be engraved with the purchaser's information on the bottom of the pages

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Original Photo courtesy of Paul Bulai