From Wind Repertory Project
Kimberly Archer

Kimberly Archer

Subtitle: In Memory of Dr. James Croft

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (optional)
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Beacon was written in memory of Dr. James Croft (1929-2012), Florida State University Director of Bands Emeritus. He was a champion of music education, wind bands, and conducting. He was also one of my first mentors: an impeccable model of artistry and pedagogy, passion and kindness. He set high standards of quality and creativity for me as a neophyte composer that have taken more than two decades to begin to reach. However, like generations of his students, I will always be grateful to have had Dr. Croft's challenges and praise, and to be able to pursue the beacon of musicianship he left out on the horizon.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Central High School Symphonic Band, Mr. Bix Swerman, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) – 13 October 2019

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