Focal Point

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

From Suite Treats

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 1:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Each category of wind instruments has parts 1 through 4

Full Score
C Instruments
B-flat Instruments
E-flat Instruments
F Instruments
C Bass Clef (Tenor)
Alto Clef
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The inspiration for focal point was born out of a conversation with students in the Madison West High School Honor Band. While they introduced a myriad of interesting ideas, they kept coming back to ideas surrounding their experience during the COVID pandemic. The consensus was that everyone felt extremely scattered and out of focus when everything went virtual for the first time. Then, as routines began to settle in and the adjusted to their new "temporary normal," things began coming back into focus for them. Thus, the idea of starting out of focus and moving into clarity became the "focal point" for this work.

Focal Point was commissioned by Composers & Schools for the Madison West High School Honor Band; Kevin Rhodes, conductor. It is part of an adaptable suite featuring additional "movements" by Jennifer Jolley, Peter Meechan, Alex Shapiro, and Frank Ticheli.

- Program Note by publisher

Performance Notes


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, O.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Richard Edwards, conductor) - 12 February 2022
  • Rio Band - 8 February 2022

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