by Travis J. Weller (Grade 3+, 3:20)
Rising Winds from the Valley was commissioned by the Seneca Valley Band Foundation for the Seneca Valley Freshmen Concert Band for their final concert of 2011. This piece derives its title for the young men and women from whom it was written – the rising winds and percussion players that are part of lasting legacy of instrumental excellence in the Seneca Valley School District.
Having known both directors for a number of years and understanding their teaching style and core of their character, it was an honor to add to their program’s rich tradition with an original work for wind band. The opening fanfares in the brass represent the initial excitement and boldness for which many young students begin their study in the realm of instrumental music. As the piece moves forward, the musicians are presented with individual challenges (optional solos in trumpet, clarinet, and alto saxophone) alongside rich, sonorous moments of musical expression for the entire ensemble.
My goal was to write a piece that would be inspirational for the audience and conductor, but most importantly the young ladies and gentlemen who would bring it life.
Travis J. Weller