Emerald Suite

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Dwayne S. Milburn

Dwayne S Milburn

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General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


1. Rondo – 3:40
2. Air - 3:25
3. March – 2:55


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Program Notes

Each of the three movements of this work uses a particular section of the North Texas Alma Mater as its formative material. The opening movement, Rondo, is based on the music connected with the text “Singing glory to the green, singing glory to the white.” The second movement, Air, takes the music that accompanies the text “Down the corridor of years” and uses it as the accompaniment for a new melody introduced in the oboe. Movement three, March, forms the finale; it references the entire Alma Mater, with a fanfare figure derived from the melodic fragment that brings forth “But North Texas.” The use of Eb as the tonal center for the entire suite (as well as one particular statement of the rondo theme) is a conscious homage to Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat and serves as a further reminder of the esteemed tradition to which Dennis Fisher and all conductors, composers, and performers of wind music are a vital part.

Emerald Suite was commissioned by the University of North Texas Wind Studies area, Green Brigade Marching Band, College of Music, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Gamma Theta) music fraternity in recognition of Dennis W. Fisher and his 25 years of service, leadership, and inspiration to the University of North Texas community.

- Program Note by composer


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  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Concert Band (Kristen Arp, conductor) - 16 November 2023
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble (Jason Caslor, conductor) - 27 September 2023
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 26 October 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 423.
  • Milburn, D. (2008). Emerald Suite [score]. LudwigMasters Publications: Boca Raton, Fla.