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Across the groaning continent

from Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City

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Note excerpted from Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City.

Titled after a line from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, the first movement opens the Symphony with the restlessness and constant drifting of a young generation terrified of stagnation. As a short burst of agitated motion, this moto perpetuo reflects Kerouac and his characters “performing our one and noble function of the time, move. And we moved!”

Performances of this movement remain exclusive to the commissioners until March 2010

Genres:   Winds

Subgenres:   Large Ensemble


3Fl(3.db Picc), Ob, EHn, EbCl, 3Cl, BCl, CbCl, 2Bsn, SSax, ASax, TSax, BSax, 4Tpt, 4Hn, 2Trb, BTrb, Euph, Tba, Cb, El.Gtr, Pno/Cel, Timp, 6Perc (Glock / Crot / Vibr / Mar / TubBells/ RideCym / SusCym / ChinCym / CrCym / SplashCym / Piat / Hi-hat/ Tri / 2T-Tam / SD / 2BD / 2Timb. / WBl / EggShkr / Clav / Guir)

Commissioned by

California State University-Stanislaus – Andrew McMahan/Stuart Sims
Coppell High School – Scott Mason
Drury University – Christopher Koch
Eastern Illinois University – Milton Allen
Flower Mound High School – Rob Myers
Indiana University – Stephen W. Pratt
James Logan High School – Ramiro Barrera
Kurashiki Sakuyo University Wind Philharmony – James Ripley
Kutztown University – Jeremy Justeson
Middle Tennessee State University – Reed Thomas
Mona Shores High School – Jason Boyden
Ridgewood Concert Band – Christian Wilhjelm
St. Charles East High School – Jim Kull
Stephen F. Austin University – Fred Allen
Texas A&M University-Commerce – Phil Clements
Texas State University – Rodney C. Schueller
The Florida State University – Richard Clary
The University of North Carolina-Greensboro – Kevin Geraldi
University of Evansville – Kenneth Steinsultz
University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Carolyn Barber
University of Oklahoma – William K. Wakefield
University of Portland – Patrick Murphy

Consortium organized by: Jeffrey D. Gershman, Indiana University

Upcoming Performances

  • May 30, 2024 - Central Washington University Wind Ensemble at Hertz Concert Hall, Ellensburg, WA. Conducted by Dr. T. André Feagin, DMA.

Recent Performances

  • May 18, 2022 - Saratoga High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble at McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, Saratoga, CA. Conducted by Jason Shiuan & Michael Boitz. Additional performances on European tour: July 5, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 20, 2022
  • March 5, 2016 - Cal Polytechnic Pomona University Wind Ensemble at San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center. Conducted by Dr. Rickey Badua.
  • February 10, 2011 - Texas State University Wind Ensemble at Texas Music Educators Association Conference, Lila Cockrell Theater, San Antonio TX. Conducted by Dr. Caroline Beatty. TX premiere