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From the Ashes (2017)

Medium: Concert Band
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2017
Duration: 6:15
Difficulty: Grade 4.5

Flute 1
Flute 2
B-flat Clarinet 1
B-flat Clarinet 2
B-flat Clarinet 3
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

B-flat Trumpet 1
B-flat Trumpet 2
B-flat Trumpet 3
F Horn 1
F Horn 2
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Trombone 3
(Baritone T.C.) 

Timpani (4 drums) & Tambourine
Percussion 1 (crotales, bells, xylophone)
Percussion 2 (vibraphone, chimes, suspended cymbal)
Percussion 3 (snare drum, 4 concert toms, suspended cymbal, wind chimes)
Percussion 4 (concert bass drum, tam-tam)

From the Ashes was commissioned by Dr. Shawn Smith and the UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble. One of the university’s slogans is “Stake Your Claim,” which alludes to the time when gold miners first came to the Charlotte area. They would literally stake their claim with wooden stakes and a small note proclaiming their right to this land for gold mining. This encourages their faculty, staff, students, alumni and community to take pride in ownership, honoring that pioneering spirit and tenacity of claiming your territory. The talk of gold reminded me of a poem from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Fellowship of the Ring.” I decided to set the words to music, which became the primary theme for the piece.