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Mike Titlebaum

Mike Titlebaum

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General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 8:55
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mike Titlebaum
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact composer


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

  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I was honored when Maestro [Mark Davis] Scatterday asked me to contribute a piece for Eastman’s 100th anniversary celebration. Of course, I was thrilled for the opportunity to create some new music. But mostly, I was excited I would get to play alongside this upcoming generation of musicians. I’m confident that the names you see listed in the program will be the people at the peak of the music world for the next 50 years.

I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t know about Eastman. I have a vivid memory of taking a field trip from Twelve Corners Elementary School down to the Eastman Theater for a kids philharmonic concert. I remember sitting with my best friend Derek Greenfield, laughing and arguing about which of us would get crushed if the huge chandelier suddenly smashed to the ground. Soon after, Derek and I would start making music together, and then in high school we made more lifelong friends and more music. I started taking lessons at the Eastman Community Music School, then attended Eastman as a college student, where I made more friends and lots more music. After school, I had jobs, left jobs, moved around. There were a few years that I hit the pause button on the musical adventure and wondered if it would ever resume. But resume it did.

All these years later, it’s kinda wild reminiscing about the many ups and downs of my musical journey. It feels like each part of the journey is a different book chapter. I love the fact that as a little kid sitting in the big theater, I didn’t realize that my adventure had already begun. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I find myself in Ithaca, the same town where the other (legendary, amazing) composers of tonight’s program also lived and worked.

A few years ago, I wrote a tune I was happy with. My wife, the fantastic jazz vocalist Catherine Gale, thought the tune would work well as a song to sing herself. She wrote beautiful lyrics and called it Lifelong Journey about our lives together. As I was thinking about this new wind piece and the students I was writing for, I decided that Lifelong Journey should be the foundation. These young people are on their own Lifelong Adventure, and theirs has only just begun.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Eastman Wind Orchestra (Rochester, N.Y.) (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor; Mike Titlebaum, alto saxophone)) - 3 November 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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