Recently, I've been thinking about how two of my recent (and most supported) works for band relate to my Michigan roots - “The Straits of Mackinac” relating to the Mackinac area and “The Great River Rapid Chase” being more inspired by Michigan landscapes conceptually, in a sense. The more I’ve thought about this lately, the more I realized I had one more idea about Michigan I needed to write about.
When I was growing up, my family and I would sometimes travel to Grand Haven. I remember how the lighthouse and pier located here captivated me the first time I saw it [including it being the first time I had ever seen a lighthouse in person]. Lighthouses, of course, provide signals for sailors to aid their journey back home to the mainland. The overall experiences of traveling there brings back warm memories and represents to me some of the best qualities of family and home together.
So “The Golden Pier” is inspired by the Grand Haven lighthouse [and its beaches] at sunset. It will be a slow and lyrical Grade 3 piece for concert band with several dramatic moments, at approximately 3-6 minutes long. This will complete a “Michigan Triptych” that bridges the fast-paced action of “The Great River Rapid Chase” and the adventurous nature of “The Straits of Mackinac.” I plan to have the piece finished by June. And I’m offering it for free.
That’s right. No consortium buy-in. No commission fee. As a way of expressing my thanks to all of you who have supported my music over the past several years, I am creating a free PDF GIVEAWAY for the full set (score and parts) for anyone interested in performing this new piece, open for the entire month of March. Fill out the form provided below to join. If you also know anyone who might be interested in this, please share this post with your friends and colleagues and let them know!
Contact me if you have questions about “The Golden Pier.” Once again, thank you so much for all of your support! I'm very excited to begin working on this new piece.