From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This magical work depicts how incredible things happen with just a small spark – whether it is a spark of the imagination or a tiny spark that becomes a magnificent fire. A tapestry of sounds is woven throughout the woodwinds and percussion as brass enters with bold fanfares to open the work. A lyrical middle section at the same tempo keeps the energy moving as the piece eventually drives toward a riveting finish. The work changes character several times as it explores various aspects of its title. However, despite its multifaceted form, it also seeks to show the seamlessness of these ideas, indicating the presence of a universal spark. The piece is essentially a metaphor that attempts to reveal the true power of even the smallest of actions or events. It reminds us that we are all capable of making a difference, no matter how insignificant we think we are.

Sparks was commissioned by the Carl Sandburg Middle School Bands, Alexandria, Virginia, Charlie Burts and Joe La Brie, directors, dedicated to Donna Pasteur.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

  • Texas: II. Complete


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  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Eric Wiltshire, conductor) - 16 November 2023
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) New Horizons Concert Band (Andrew Cox, conductor) - 8 December 2022
  • Hochstein School (Rochester, N.Y.) Junior Wind Symphony (John Rolland, conductor) - 15 October 2022
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 26 March 2018
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Sharon Toulouse, conductor) – 20 February 2017
  • Bel Air (MD) Freshmen Band (Cornelius A. Young, conductor) - 19 May 2016
  • Gwynn Park High School Concert Band (Brandywine, MD) (Cornelius A. Young, conductor) - Spring 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


Category; 2007