for symphonic winds & percussion

When the Collins Hill High School Band approached me about writing a piece for their head band director, who was set to retire at the end of the year, they wanted something that spoke not only to this man's love of music but also to his love for the great outdoors. I was reminded then of the times growing up when my family and I would go camping in Sequoia National Park and we would set up our tents among the giant redwood trees that grow in that region of California. These trees command attention with their immense stature, their size the result of years gone by and storms weathered. And yet they exude a peaceful and subtle tranquility. This idea of "Powerful Tranquility" became the cornerstone that this lyrical tone poem was created.

"Redwood" was commissioned by the Collins Hill High School Band and written in honor of Richard Marshall. 



Parts | Site License: 125

Score: 30