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Illuminations (Camphouse)

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Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse

Subtitle: On America the Beautiful

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 8:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $13.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


  • Tuba, m.95: E-flats should be E-naturals.

Program Notes

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.

-Mark Camphouse

Fall 2016


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