Aloft evokes the relentless pursuit of powered flight by the Wright Brothers at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, as well as the broader sense of persistence and elation during any creative act.
Aloft is meant to be truly accessible to a very wide range of musicians, confirming to the North Carolina Bandmasters Association MPA grade 2 guidelines, and thus playable by young and inexperienced musicians everywhere.
I am grateful to Danny Green, the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble, and all the members of the consortium for creating this unique project for so many North Carolina composers. Special thanks to Philip Riggs for additional consultation on making the work’s technical demands accessible to young musicians.
Commissioned by: Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble for the NC Concert Band Music Consortium, Artistic Director: Danny Green
27 May 2023, Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble, Alex Askew, conductor
FLUTE 2 or OBOE (both parts included)
CLARINET in Bb 1-2
TRUMPET in Bb 1-2
HORN in F
TROMBONE 2 (optional)
BARITONE (TC part included)
DOUBLE BASS (optional)
3) Marimba, Tom (any size, mid- or low preferred) 4) Toms (2: mid and low)
5) Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum
Availability Date: December, 2023