Orchestral, Band, Chamber, Solo

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MP3 Tracks

Orchestral Samples
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1-4. Toccata for Orchestra, a short 'Concerto for Orchestra.'  Synthesized.

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5-7. Gardens of Stone, a patriotic work for symphony orchestra and narrator (Michel Bell).  Synthesized. Also for band.

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8-10.  The Glass Bead Game, a concerto for horn and orchestra - Gregory Hustis, Crystal Records soloist. See link for other versions.
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49-51.  I Am the American Flag, a narrated patriotic work.  Synthesized
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Band Samples
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11-12.  Liberty for All, a patriotic work originally for symphony orchestra and narrator.  USCG Band.
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13.  The American Dream, a patriotic overture.  Available for purchase for band through Hal Leonard Music.  USCG Band.  Originally written for orchestra.
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14-15.  Inaugural Fanfare - USCG Band.
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16.  A Christmas Fanfare, a Christmas overture for band.  Also available for orchestra and brass choir.  USCG Band.
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17.  American Journey, a work written for middle school band.  Synthesized.
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52-55.  Symphony for Band, a concert work for advanced bands.
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Chamber Music Samples
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Portraits of the American West, 18-20. 12 horns and percussion.  Texas Horns recorded by Crystal Records.  See link.
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21-23.  Music for Winds, Piano, and Percussion.  See link.  Synthesized.
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24-26.  Musical Masque (for the Seasons) for string quartet, trombone, and percussion.  Based on a James Whitcomb Riley poem.  Synthesized.
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27-29.  String Quartet No. 1 written for the New Century String Quartet, who plays it in these samples.
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30-31.  Freedom's Hope for Brass Quintet.  Written for the Keynote Brass for their Reflections CD.
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32-33.  Musica Mobilis for Brass Choir.  These tracks are by the Chamber Brass of Indianapolis.   Also for orchestra.
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34.  A Christmas Fanfare for Brass Choir.  Recorded by the Chamber Brass of Indianapolis and on the Christmas Joy CD.  Also for orchestra and band.
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35-36.  Christmas Medley for Brass Septet.  Also on the Christmas Joy CD.

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Solo Music Samples
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37-39.  This chamber version of The Glass Bead Game is written for solo horn, harp, and piano.  The soloist is Kent Leslie.
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40-43.  Primitive Modern was written for solo horn and recorded sounds.  Kent Leslie is the soloist.  The CD is With Every Leaf a Miracle.
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44-46.  Concerto for Tuba and Percussion was recorded by Crystal Records.  See link.  Velvet Brown is the soloist.
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47-48.  This three-movement Sonata for Trumpet and Organ was commissioned for Natural Trumpet, but can be played with conventional trumpet.  The last movement had way too much congregation noise, so we only have two samples here.  Dan Golando is the trumpet soloist with Heather Hinton on organ..

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