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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

  • November 7, 2023 - Messiah University Symphonic Winds at Parmer Hall. Conducted by Travis J. Weller.
  • April 26, 2018 - University of Missouri Symphonic Band at Missouri Theatre. Conducted by Dr. Amy M. Knopps.
  • March 5, 2013 - Athens High School Symphonic Band at Athens High School Auditorium / Athens, Ohio . Conducted by Aaron Backes.