Listen Hear: "Ellipsis" performed by the OU Percussion Ensemble

During my brief stint in Houston, TX from September 2007 through March 2009 I met some great lifetime friends, tasted some fantastic food and had the opportunity to work with some of the best middle and high school percussion ensembles in the country. I adjudicated a few percussion ensemble festivals and witnessed several middle school ensembles performing pretty advanced literature for their age. Just before I moved away, the middle schools of the Spring Independent School District (just outside Houston, TX) commissioned me to write a piece for them. I Gladly accepted, but knew that I couldn't approach the piece as I would a typical middle school composition, so I wrote as if writing for a high school. The result was a piece that has been picked up and performed by high schools and colleges all over the country.

Here is a recording of the University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble (made up of primarily freshmen and sophomores) directed by Josh Knight.


"Ellipsis" is published by C. Alan Publications and available for purchase from Steve Weiss Music.

Ellipsis: a new ... piece for percussion ensemble

A couple of years ago while living in Houston, TX, I adjudicated a percussion ensemble contest at Westfield High School featuring all of the schoosl in the Spring Independent School District, hosted by Jason Hall. I witnessed an inspired middle school performance of my piece Mercury Rising. Jason and I started talking about a possible collaboration at that point and finally a year later it came to fruition. The six middle schools of the Spring ISD (Bailey Middle School, Bammel Middle School, Claughton Middle School, Dueitt Middle School, Twin Creeks Middle School, and Wells Middle School) commissioned me to write a 5-minute piece 7-8 players percussionists that had the same kind of energy as Mercury Rising. I just finished writing the resulting piece, Ellipsis, this past weekend.

Ellipsis: A mark or series of marks (...) that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word or a phrase from the original text. An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought.

The title is intentionally ambiguous (and honestly just a word that I like). One can glean whatever meaning they like from the piece itself.

Look inside the score

Listen to an electronically generated recording

To learn more about the piece (instrumentation, duration, difficulty level), go to the Ellipsis page.