Maker’s Mark, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Ryan Nowlin

Ryan Nowlin

Subtitle: Overture for Band

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 7:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tambourine, mounted
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Soaring melodies, rapid woodwind runs, and brass fanfares open this exciting work, which will immediately captivate your audience. The tender middle section features soloists throughout the ensemble, after which the opening material reappears for an exhilarating conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher

In honor of Dr. Bruce Moss’s 30th anniversary as music director and conductor of the Wheaton Municipal Band, the Friends of the Band commissioned The Maker’s Mark. The same year also marked the 80th anniversary of the founding of the band and the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city of Wheaton. The composer shares the following about The Maker’s Mark:

"The piece is in arch form, which shows the continuous cycle that is education -- students becoming teachers or performers, in turn teaching students of their own, in a way paying tribute to their mentors. It opens with a dramatic fanfare, convincingly emphasizing full brass writing. The melody contained in the outer faster sections is bursting with the ebullient rhythm gesture: the dotted-eighth/sixteenth/eighth.The slow section is scored for flute and flugelhorn (highlighting the instrument’s rare and unique color), accompanied by a countermelody for oboe and horn. The interval of the octave is also present, although somewhat covertly, snuck in as the pickup to the lyrical melody, within later countermelodies, and also as the basic framework of the fast opening melody. "

The excellence that is the hallmark of Dr. Moss’s work is honored not only in the spirit of the music itself, but in the title of the piece, which reflects the lasting imprint his artistry has left on the Wheaton Municipal Band, on Bowling Green State University, and on the composer.

- Program note by Rich Paluch for the Wheaton Municipal Band concert program, 22 December 2012

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lakota East High School (Liberty Township, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Rob Tanis, conductor) - 21 April 2023
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Symphony (Cameron Kotovsky, conductor) – 22 April 2019
  • Wheaton (Ill.) Municipal Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 22 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

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