It's time for me to unleash yet another original composition for marching band. As always, music for competitive marching band tends to have a few extra requirements built in, namely in terms of pacing and visual flow. Even with those parameters, you can still compose original and fresh ideas that should otherwise be able to stand alone on their musical merits.
This show is entitled "Outside the Box". What's interesting is that it originally started out as a completely different show, but when the visual concept started to prove to be a bit of an issue, I found that I could easily take the music and make it work with another concept I had been thinking about for a while. I was originally planning on starting another show to this concept, but I will instead save those ideas and fragments for something else.
Unlike my George Orwell show, this is just music set to a single visual concept. No story here, just thematic development. All sounds are rendered with GPO, JABB, CAMB, and VDL. The essence of the show can for the most part be boiled down to one 3 note fragment: 5-8-9 (scale degrees). The show is in 4 movements that are intended to have very little pause between them at all.
Outside the Box
View From Above
The Fourth Wall
Inside the Outside
I'm also going to be adding a new section to my webside that takes you through the general process of putting a show together from the very beginning to the last performance of the season at State Finals. It's still very much a work in progress and extremely incomplete, but it does show the thought process in putting the ballad together. You can read about it here.
I'm quite proud of this show. I feel like it is some of my best mallet and pit percussion writing yet. I'm currently in talks to get this sold to a much larger publisher than my own tiny little publishing house, here's hoping good things come from that. Hope you enjoy it.