River of Grass

Commissioned: The Florida Atlantic University Wind Ensemble and a consortium of South Florida high schools

Premiered: The Florida Atlantic University Wind Ensemble, Kyle Prescott, conductor, 2018

Year: 2018

Duration: eight minutes

Difficulty: Grade 3

Instrumentation: Concert band

Program Notes:

RIVER OF GRASS is a soundscape for concert band, commissioned by a consortium of band programs local to the Everglades. The primary goal of this piece is to allow younger musicians to recreate sounds found in their backyard, including the clicking of sawgrass, the growling of alligators, the back and forth chatter of insects, and the trills of owls. These sounds are draped over several moods, from the dangerous to the serene.