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The Marbled Midnight Mile (band)

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The Marbled Midnight Mile is a companion to my earlier works Dusk and First Light – the three of them together form a loosely-related “night cycle.” This newest work is the middle of the cycle, evoking the myriad wandering thoughts that occur in the solitude of night, and the title suggests an extended inner journey through a shifting mental landscape. There is no singular program or “story” to the piece; rather I hope the listener finds his or her own associations and memories from long nights spent in quiet contemplation.

The music makes only modest technical demands of the ensemble, but is a perfect vehicle to expand a young band’s musical maturity and sensitivity.

Commissioning Consortium Members:

  • Aurora High School, Dan Sodomka
  • Blair Area Community Band, Joe Chapman
  • Class C All-State Band, Stacy Bean
  • Class D All-State Band, Stan Johnson
  • Doane College, Dr. Jay W. Gilbert
  • Douglas County West High School, Randy Garton
  • Elkhorn High School, Dr. Michelle Bluford
  • Fremont High School, Dr. Brian Anderson
  • Gretna High School, Chris Tucker and Alex Wimmer
  • Hastings College, Dr. Daniel Laing
  • Heartland Community School, Royce Schweitzer
  • Lincoln East High School Band, Tom Thorpe and Lance Nielsen
  • Loomis High School, Janet Palmer
  • Loop City Public Schools, Kyle Knaub
  • Millard South High School, Rex Barker
  • Nebraska City High School, Greg Olsen and Joel Sunderman
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University, Dr. J. Samuel Zitek
  • Norfolk High School, John Furrow and Todd Cook
  • Omaha Public Schools, Michelle Johnson, Supervisor of Instrumental Music
  • Peru State College, Dr. Patrick Fortney
  • Platteview High School, Marla Janak and Jerry Layher
  • Scott Middle School, Dick Marolf and Jacque Rush
  • Shickley High School, Stan Johnson
  • University of Nebraska-Kearney, Dr. Neal Schnoor
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Carolyn Barber
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, Dr. James Saker
  • Wayne State College, Dr. David Bohnert
  • Westside High School, Roger Groth
  • Wood River Rural Jr/Sr High School, Erika Wolfe

Commissioned by: A consortium of high schools and colleges in Nebraska, administered by Phi Beta Mu


November 19th, 2009, Univ. of Nebraska – Lincoln Wind Ensemble, Carolyn Barber, conductor

Technical Info

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Flute 1-2
Clarinet in Bb 1-3
Eb Alto Clarinet (optional – free download)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Bb Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1-3
Horn in F 1-2
Trombone 1-3
Euphonium 1-2
Euphonium 1-2 Treble Clef
Contrabass (optional – included with set)

Piano (optional – included with set)
Celesta (optional – included with set)

Perc. 1: Glockenspiel
Perc. 2: Vibraphone
Perc. 3: Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum