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a hymn fantasia for concert band

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1861 is a lyric hymn-fantasia for concert band, accessible to all levels of high school ensembles, and based on the beautiful 19th-century Anglican Hymn Lead Me, Lord (written in 1861 by Charles Sebastian Wesley). I was very attracted to that work’s gorgeous line above biting harmonies and striking counterpoint, so the hymn itself provides the work’s pillars: first presented soloistically, then with dramatic full-band tutti, and finally through evocative humming—all framed by choral textures and colorful improvisitory accompaniment. The work is dedicated to the commissioner, Amy M. Knopps and Center High School of Kansas City, Missouri.

Genres:   Winds

Subgenres:   Large EnsembleEducational


2Fl, Ob, 3Clar, BClar, Bsn(opt.), 2ASax, TSax, BSax, 3Trpt, 2Hn, 3Trb, Bar, Tba, Timp, 5Perc (Glock/ Vibr/ Mar/ TubBells/ Crot/ 3Trgls/ SusCym/ Piatti/ SD/ BD/ MTree)

Commissioned by

Center High School of Kansas City, Missouri, Amy M. Knopps, director


World premiere on March 22, 2004

Recorded on

  1. BCM - Men of Industry

Recent Performances

  • March 5, 2013 - Athens High School Symphonic Band at Athens High School Auditorium / Athens, Ohio . Conducted by Aaron Backes.
  • March 2, 2013 - William S. Hart Union High School District Honor Band at William S. Hart HS Auditorium, Newhall, CA. Conducted by Dr. Mitchell J. Fennell (Cal State Fullerton).
  • February 18, 2013 - Augustana College/Arrowhead HS Band at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Brookfield, WI. Conducted by Jake Polancich.


Published by OK Feel Good Music.

Distributed by Hal Leonard (HL#4002258).