Morning Sunrise

Morning Sunrise

For concert band

As a composer, musical ideas pop into my head every day. Most of them are entirely unrelated to any piece I am currently working on, and I manage to write some of them down for future reference. The theme of Morning Sunrise is one of those ideas. When I wrote it down, I had no idea that I was ever going to create a piece from it, so I just wrote it down for strings.

Several months later, however, I had decided that I wanted to write a piece to thank those who have made my high school music life great. I spent weeks developing 4 or 5 themes and even had half of a piece done at one point, but none of them worked. I then remembered this one from and realized that it was the perfect theme.

The result of taking so long to complete this piece is that it is a compelling piece where there are no extraneous notes, and no missing ones either. It is one where every detail matters.

Completion date

December 2015


3rd place: Corwin Award for large ensembles, 2016


  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon 1-2
  • Contrabassoon
  • Bb Clarinet 1-3
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Sax
  • Tenor Sax
  • Baritone Sax
  • Bb Trumpet 1-3
  • F Horn 1-4
  • Trombone 1-3
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Double bass
  • Timpani

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