Medium: Concert Band/ Wind Ensemble

Kentucky was composed for the Morehead State University 52nd Annual Concert Band Clinic February 11 – 14, 2010. It was premiered on February 14, 2010 by one of the Honor Bands at Morehead State University, Kentucky, with the composer conducting. It is composed as a grade 3 composition to be played by any school band at that level such as junior high or grade 7 & 8. It has no passages that should be difficult for any instrument to play. As in most grade 3 pieces, there is a lot of doubling of instruments, so even if there is not a completely full instrumentation, all voices will be heard.In 2013, Kentucky was selected as a finalist in Category 1 (Concert band, Grade 1-2.5 Jr. HS) in the 3rdInternational Frank Techeli Composition Contest hosted by Manhattan Beach Music.In 2014 it was one of the featured pieces at the University of North Texas summer conducting workshop. There is a youtube video of the performance by the UNT Wind Symphony Conducted by Nicholas Guiliano. In 2015 an analysis and commentary of Kentuckywas published in the book «Teaching Music through Performance in Band» Volume 10, GIA Publications. The analysis is by Amy M. Knopps, Associate Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University. Instrumentation is: Piccolo, 2 Flutes Oboe, Bassoon (Optional), Eb Clarinet (Optional), 3 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, 3 Trumpets, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (3 players – snare drum, bass drum, suspended cymbal, triangle, bells, chimes)


14-Feb-10 by Honorband at Morehead State University 52nd Annual Concert Band Clinic, conducted by Gregory Fritze

Commissioned by

Morehead State University


Finalist Frank Techeli Composition Contest 2013