Subtitle: On America the Beautiful
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tom-Toms (3)
None discovered thus far.
Illuminations (On America, the Beautiful), is respectfully dedicated to the life and legacy of Robert D. Jorgensen, United States Army Veteran and Director of Bands Emeritus at The University of Akron.
Bob served as a Euphonium Soloist in the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. (1969-1972) before embarking on a forty-year teaching career that included faculty appointments at Morehead State University (KY), Midwestern State University (TX), and a twenty-six-year tenure as Director of Bands at The University of Akron (1987-2013).
His musicianship and leadership in our profession was recognized through the Outstanding Bandmasters Award from the International Assembly of Phi Beta Mu at the Midwest Clinic in 1999, the Citation of Excellence Award from the National Band Association in 1981 and the A. Frank Martin Award from Kappa Kappa Psi in 1992. In 1991, Jorgensen was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association and was a Past-President, having been elected to the office at the 74th annual convention in Miami, Fla., in March 2008. He was also a Past-President of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association. Jorgensen received unanimous support from his colleagues for the distinction of Professor Emeritus at The University of Akron and was later honored by the City of Akron with a proclamation declaring October 5, 2013 as "Robert D. Jorgensen Day." He was also honored on December 6, 2013, as a recipient of The University of Akron Honorary Alumni Award.
Prior to, and beyond his retirement from UA, Bob conducted the Freedom Brass Band, a local brass band comprised of community musicians as well as UA alumni and current student musicians. On July 4th, 2015, Bob fell ill during a performance with the Freedom Brass Band. Even as his health was failing, Bob remained true to his patriotism and completed the performance of America the Beautiful before stepping off the podium. Later that evening, after suffering a more substantial heart attack, Robert D. Jorgensen passed from this life.
Bob's legacy is evident in the countless lives he touched both musically and personally. Surely this composition will serve as a timeless tribute to the life and legacy of a distinguished educator, colleague and mentor in our profession.
Mark Camphouse offers the following thoughts about Professor Jorgensen:
Bob Jorgensen was the "real deal" ... a superb musician, extraordinary teacher and motivator, and a wonderfully warm human being. His work ethic and dedication to his family, The University of Akron, and our profession was always inspiring. Many of his former students have gone on to enjoy highly successful careers in music throughout America, truly 'from sea to shining sea.' I will remember Bob Jorgensen as one who was always sincere and direct in expression. I hope Illuminations will reflect those personal qualities and his rich artistic and educational legacy.
None discovered thus far.
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- California All-State High School Wind Symphony (Anthony Maiello, conductor) - 16 February 2019 (2019 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
- Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA) Symphonic Band (Phillip Clements, conductor) - 16 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
- United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Larry H. Lang, conductor) – 11 April 2018 (Ithaca, N.Y.)
- United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) - 10 March 2017 (82nd Annual ABA National Convention)
- Lakeland Civic Band (Kirtland, Ohio) (Matthew A. Salvaggio, conductor) - 5 March 2017
- Heritage High School (Frisco Tex.) Wind Ensemble (Bobby Francis, conductor) – 20 January 2017
- University of Akron (Ohio) Symphonic Band (Galen S. Karriker, conductor) – December 2016 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Anthem (2009)
- Canzon, Fugato, and Hymn
- Dakota Rhapsody, A
- Elegy (1989)
- Essay for Symphony Band
- Fantasia on "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" (2006)
- Foundation (2007)
- Heartland Sketches (2009)
- Homage to the Dream (2013)
- Illuminations (2016)
- In Memoriam (2002)
- Legacy for Brass and Percussion
- A Movement for Rosa (1992)
- Pacific Commemoration
- Reminiscences (2011)
- Resolutions (2017)
- Romanza from A Jack Stamp Suite (2017)
- Shining City, The
- Symphonic Prelude (The Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer)
- Symphonic Fanfare (2006)
- Symphony from Ivy Green
- Three London Miniatures (1988)
- To Build a Fire
- Tribute (1985)
- Two American Canvases
- Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
- Whatsoever Things (1997)
- Yosemite Autumn (1997/2004)
- Mark Camphouse website Accessed 10 March 2017