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LULLABY

If you enjoyed the Orange County School of the Arts Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble performance of “Lullaby” at the Midwest Clinic, An International Band and Orchestra Conference, and wish to purchase a score and set of parts, the piece is available directly from the composer. Please e-mail cross@theodoremusic.com to order. More information about “Lullaby,” including an online recording, can be found below.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The UCLA Wind Ensemble performs “And the grass sings in the meadows” at Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif., on February 3, 2015; at Schoenberg Hall on February 4, 2015; and at the California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno, Calif., on February 19, 2015.

To report an upcoming performance, please e-mail cross@theodoremusic.com.

RECENT PERFORMANCES

The Orange County School of the Arts Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble performed “Lullaby” at the Midwest Clinic, An International Band and Orchestra Conference, at McCormick Place in Chicago on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

The Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association middle school honor band premiered “Lullaby” as one of its 50th anniversary commissions at Oelwein High School on Saturday, December 7, 2013. A perusal score and reference recording are posted below!

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symphonic Band performed “And the grass sings in the meadows ” at the 2014 Nebraska State Bandmasters Association convention in Lincoln, Neb., on March 8, 2014.

The Iowa State University Wind Ensemble performed “And the grass sings in the meadows ” at the 2014 Cyclone Honor Band Festival in Ames, Iowa, on February 7, 2014.

The Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed “Memento” in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Wind Ensemble, Arlington, Va., performed “Elegy” at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday, March 15, 2013.

The Concordia University Chicago Wind Symphony performed “Let the Amen Sound” on tour in Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, North Carolina, Ohio, and Kentucky before their home concert in River Forest, Ill., on Friday, March 15, 2013. The ensemble recorded the work as the title track for a compact disc released in 2013.

GIA Publications has released volume four of Composers on Composing for Band, edited by Mark Camphouse. Travis J. Cross is one of the 17 “young and emerging” composers who have contributed chapters to the book. Also in December 2008, GIA released volume seven of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band book and compact disc recording series, which includes an article about “Tribute.”

If you would like to perform any of my works or receive perusal scores and additional recordings, please e-mail me at cross@theodoremusic.com. Thank you for listening to my music and visiting my website!

Alleluia Alleluia (1997)
for mixed chorus by Ralph Manuel

transcribed for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’
In composing “Alleluia,” Ralph Manuel created a masterwork for the a capella choir. Through its melodic simplicity and warm harmonic textures, it beautifully expresses the sentiments of “Alleluia,” its only word of text. The numerous timbral possibilities of the symphonic wind ensemble provides an exciting palette of sound for this arrangement. Premiered by the Ankeny High School Band at spring contests in 1997, the piece seems right at home in the wind band world. The Gahanna Lincoln High School performed the work at the 2002 Ohio Music Educators Association conference, and the Ankeny High School Band performed the work at the 2002 Iowa Bandmasters Association conference.
    Now published by Daehn Publications of New Glarus, Wis., and available through fine music stores everywhere! For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Minnesota Symphonic Winds
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And the
grass sings in the meadows NEW! And the grass sings in the meadows (2011)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 7’

“And the grass sings in the meadows” was commissioned by the City of Fairfax (Va.) Band, Robert Pouliot, music director and conductor. They gave the premiere performance on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The title of the work comes from the final stanza of the “Spring Carol” by Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).
    A score and set of parts are available for only $100. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble
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Be Thou My Vision Be Thou My Vision (1999)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’

“Be Thou My Vision” incorporates a traditional Irish melody found in the 1909 edition of Old Irish Folk Music and Songs. In 1927, the tune was harmonized and matched with the ancient Irish hymn text with which it has come to be so closely associated today. This arrangement for wind band seeks to capture the humble simplicity and deep faith represented by the hymn text. The hymn tune is heard three times in the piece - once with light accompaniment, once with traditional harmonization, and finally in a rich and powerful statement of victory and joy. All vocal parts are optional and cued in wind instruments.
    Commissioned by the St. Olaf Band, Northfield, Minn., Dr. Timothy Mahr, conductor, “Be Thou My Vision” was premiered on the band’s 1999 winter concert tour with the composer conducting. The Minnesota Symphonic Winds performed the work at the 2002 Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-winter Inservice Clinic, and the Northshore Concert Band performed the work at the 2005 Midwest Clinic. “Be Thou My Vision” has been released on the St. Olaf Band Dreams and Visions CD, available from St. Olaf Records, as well as recordings entitled With Heart and Voice by the Concordia University (Chicago) Wind Symphony, In the Spring by the Concordia University (Nebraska) Wind Ensemble, and American Patrol by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band.
    Now published by Boosey & Hawkes of New York, N.Y., and available through fine music stores everywhere! For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
St. Olaf Band
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ERRATA
Measure 8, score and trumpet 1 part: the dotted half note should be a written E (concert D), instead of a written F.

Dawning Day Dawning Day (2006)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 5’30”

Commissioned by the Falcon Ridge (Apple Valley, Minn.) Eighth Grade Band, the piece begins with a slow and expansive tune, gradually adding layers of harmony and counter-melody. A percussion swell and insistent eighth-note accompaniment introduce a faster, more animated melody, which continues even as the opening material returns simultaneously and drives towards a climactic finish.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Reading Session Band
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Elegy Elegy (2009)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’30”

“Elegy” was commissioned by a consortium of high school and university bands under the leadership of Mark J. Lakmann and Dr. Christopher Werner at La Crosse (Wisconsin) Logan and Central high schools, respectively. The premiere performance was given by the Logan High School Wind Symphony, with the composer conducting, on March 9, 2009. The work is dedicated with love, gratitude, and affection to the memory of the composer’s grandmother, Juanita Grimes (1922-2008). The piece serves as a companion to “Tribute,” written in memory of James Hubert Grimes (1920-2005).
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble
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Everlasting Light Everlasting Light (2008)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’

Commissioned by the Miles Johnson Endowment for the St. Olaf Band, this piece premiered as the prelude to the 2008 St. Olaf Christmas Festival chapel service.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
St. Olaf Band
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The Further
Aventures... The Further Adventures of the Cowboy Kid and His Trusty Sidekick Carlos (2004)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 6’

Commissioned by the Farmington Middle School East 7th Grade Band, this programmatic work follows our hero, The Cowboy Kid, as he rides through the sleepy town of Cowboy City; attends a barn dance and waltzes with the lovely and talented Miss Annabelle; goes to Mexico in search of his nemesis, Dylan the Villain; and returns triumphantly home to the music of a parade. Click here to download the performance notes, which include descriptions of each of the musical scenes. A fun-filled selection that covers several different styles of movie-inspired music!
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Reading Session Band
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Alleluia NEW! Let the Amen Sound (2012)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 7’

Commissioned by the Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson, artistic director, Let the Amen Sound is based on Joachim Neander's 17-century chorale Lobe den Herren, known in English as "Praise to the Lord." The hymn tune is stated first by a solo flute accompanied by percussion and muted trumpets evoking the sound of liturgical bells. Three variations follow that represent the playful exuberance of childhood, the sentimental dance of youth, and the triumphant celebration of lives well lived.
    Now published by Boosey & Hawkes of New York, N.Y., and available through fine music stores everywhere! For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Northshore Concert Band
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Le vent de
tristesse Le vent de tristesse (2002)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’

Commissioned by the Southeast Polk (Iowa) High School Concert Band, “Le vent de tristesse” is French for “the wind of sorrow.” An excellent and emotional piece for young high school bands!
     A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Reading Session Band
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Elegy Looking at the Stars (2010)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’30”

“Looking at the Stars” was commissioned by the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Asian Middle School Honor Band and premiered at the American School Pudong in Shanghai, China, on January 31, 2010. “Looking at the Stars” is a celebration of the hope and possibility embodied by the students in the Asian Middle School Honor Band and the international schools they represent. Unabashedly diatonic, the work comprises a few simple motives and melodies that connect and overlap to create a musical expression of great joy.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble
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Lullaby NEW! Lullaby (2013)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 3’

“Lullaby” was commissioned by the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association as one of its 50th anniversary commissions and premiered by the middle school honor band on December 7, 2013.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
UCLA Wind Ensemble
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Memento NEW! Memento (2011)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 5’

“Memento” was commissioned by the Indiana Bandmaster Association and premiered at eight different sites across Indiana by the all-district honor bands on November 13, 2011. The work is dedicated to Madeline Cross (b. 1927), one of millions of people worldwide suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and includes two short quotations from “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” the official state song of Indiana.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Reading Session Band
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Morning Song Morning Song (2000)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’

The first sketches for “Morning Song” were composed as a setting of the short poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” The brilliant text by Robert Frost deals with the beauty and innocence of youth as described metaphorically in the golden colors of the early morning, and although the composer departed melodically from a direct setting of the text, his intent remained to describe musically the simple beauty of what Frost called “nature’s first green.”
    “Morning Song” was commissioned by the Valhalla Band, James Miller and Jayce Ogren, conductors, through the generous support of a grant from the St. Olaf College Student Organizations Committee. The piece was premiered by the Valhalla Band at Boe Memorial Chapel in Northfield, Minn., on May 15, 2000. A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
St. Olaf Band
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Rizzendo Rizzendo (2008)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’

Commissioned by Center Area (Monaca, Pa.) High School, “Rizzendo” is dedicated to James M. Rizzo in honor of his retirement after 35 years of teaching. The piece celebrates the achievements and reflects on the extraordinary efforts of James M. Rizzo and other fine music educators like him who contribute so much to the lives of their students.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Northwestern University Symphonic Band
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Short Essay Short Essay (2003, rev. 2009)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’

Commissioned by the St. Ambrose University Symphony Band, this piece features driving rhythmic intensity and a charming melody. A great opener!
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble
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South Valley Fanfare South Valley Fanfare (2002)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 1’30”

Written for the first-ever Edina Honors Wind Symphony, an ensemble that brought together students from both South View Middle School and Valley View Middle School. A short, colorful, and rhythmic opener for young band!
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Edina High School Varsity Band
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Things That Never Were Things That Never Were (2010)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 3’30”

Commissioned by the Eagan (Minn.) High School Wind Ensemble, Eagan High School Band Boosters, and Eagan High School Class of 2010 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Eagan High School. The work celebrates the vision of those who founded Eagan High School, the leadership of its first students, and the promise and potential of the current graduating class and those who will follow in the future.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Eagan High School Wind Ensemble (premiere)
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Tribute Tribute (2006)
for symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’30”

“Tribute” was commissioned by the Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Associationand premiered by their 11-12 grade honor band on January 16, 2006, with the composer conducting. The piece begins with two statements of the main theme, presented first with relatively straightforward accompaniment and then with a descant in the upper woodwinds. A contrasting section features a lilting eighth-note motive that moves throughout the ensemble, leading to the climactic return of the main theme. A brief coda reprises both of the primary melodic ideas in alternating trumpet solos and brings the piece to a close.
    The Austin Symphonic Band performed the work at the 2007 Midwest Clinic, and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony released the work as part of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series of reference recordings.
    Now published by Boosey & Hawkes of New York, N.Y., and available through fine music stores everywhere! For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Reading Session Band
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Variations on a
Welsh Blessing Variations on a Welsh Blessing (2001)
for symphonic wind ensemble and piano
approximate duration: 5’

Although commissioned and premiered by the Highview Middle School 8th Grade Band from Mounds View, Minn., “Variations on a Welsh Blessing” is suitable for many high school groups. The four variations on the hymn tune commonly known as “Go My Children” or “All Through the Night” feature a prominent piano part and enough interesting percussion writing to keep the entire section involved.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Edina High School Concert Band
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When in
Our Music When in Our Music (2010)
for mixed chorus and symphonic wind ensemble
approximate duration: 4’00”

Commissioned by the Pleasant Valley (Iowa) High School Music Department in memory of Jana S. Witte, a lifelong musician and teacher who was choral accompanist for Pleasant Valley High School at the time of her tragic passing. Her family suggested a new setting of Fred Pratt Green's text to “When in Our Music God is Glorified,” and they asked for a composition that would celebrate the life, faith, and spirit of Jana S. Witte. The resulting work sets three stanzas of the text to an original tune.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. Choral octavos with piano reduction are also available. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

ONLINE RECORDING
Pleasant Valley High School Chamber Choir and Wind Ensemble (premiere)
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Haste, ye
Shepherds Haste, ye Shepherds
for soprano, baritone, and continuo by J.S. Bach

transcribed for flute, bassoon, and chamber winds
approximate duration: 5’
This air from the Christmas Oratorio has been arranged for many instruments with piano. This tasteful setting for chamber winds includes clarinet choir, oboes, horns, and string bass. Different solo instruments may be substituted.
    A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

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Minnesota Symphonic Winds
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Agnus Dei Agnus Dei (1999)
for string orchestra and piano
approximate duration: 4’

“Agnus Dei” was composed for the Anoka (Minn.) High School Concert Orchestra, Michael Halstenson, conductor, and premiered by that ensemble in October 1999. Based on a short choral setting of the “Lamb of God” text, this deeply emotional piece features mournful melodic writing and rich harmonic scoring throughout the entire string orchestra. A score and set of parts are available for only $75. For more information, email cross@theodoremusic.com.

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Anoka H.S. Concert Orchestra
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Travis J. Cross (b. 1977) serves as associate professor of music and department vice chair at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band and directs the graduate program in wind conducting. He holds a concurrent appointment as associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. As wind ensemble conductor for five years at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Cross led students in performances at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall and developed the Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute into a major summer conducting workshop.

Cross earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr. Prior to graduate study, he taught for four years at Edina (Minn.) High School, where he conducted two concert bands and oversaw the marching band program.

In 2004, Cross participated in the inaugural Young Conductor/Mentor Project sponsored by the National Band Association. The same year he received the Distinguished Young Band Director Award from the American School Band Directors Association of Minnesota. From 2001–2003, Cross served a two-year term as the recent graduate on the St. Olaf College Board of Regents. In 2006, he was named a Jacob K. Javits Fellow by the United States Department of Education. From 20112015, he served two terms as national vice president for professional relations for Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity.

Cross contributed a chapter to volume four of Composers on Composing for Band, available from GIA Publications. His more than 20 original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in several states, Canada, China, Korea, Thailand, and at the Midwest Clinic and leads honor bands and other ensembles in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia during the 2015–16 season.

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