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Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 12:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Michael Daugherty Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $325.00   |   Score Only - $45.00


1. Pon Farr - 3:25
2. Mind Meld - 2:55
3. Vulcan's Forge - 5:25


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet I-II
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba I-II
String or Electric Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Anvil (small)
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Shakaray
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Vulcan (2014) for Concert Band was commissioned jointly by Ann Arbor High School band directors David Leach (Pioneer), Stephen Roberts (Huron) and Jason Smith (Skyline) in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Ann Arbor High School Band. The world premiere was performed by the Pioneer, Huron and Skyline Ann Arbor High School Centennial Band at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Vulcan is my musical homage to Gene Roddenberry's interstellar universe as depicted in the classic American television series Star Trek (1966-69). The title refers to the fiery planet Vulcan, the home world of the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock. As the rational science officer aboard the Starship Enterprise, commandeered by the hot-blooded Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock grapples with the "fascinating" predicament of making decisions predicated on human emotion or Vulcan logic. I have composed stirring, yet highly structured, music, which alludes to the Vulcan "Pon Farr" ritual, Vulcan telepathic mind-melds and Mr. Spock's volcanic planet of Vulcan.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • University of Northern Colorado (Greeley) Symphonic Band (Wesley J. Broadnax, conductor) – 13 February 2020
  • University of San Diego (Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Malecki, conductor) – 27 February 2019
  • Michigan Youth Symphonic Band (Ann Arbor) (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 19 November 2018
  • California State University, Bakersfield, Concert Band (Leo Sakomoto, conductor) – 17 November 2018
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 26 October 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Brunner, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 12 April 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Campus Blue Band (Andrea Brown, conductor) – 8 April 2018
  • Hebron High School (Carrolton, Tx.) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 9 March 2018 (83rd Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 5 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota High School Honor Band (Emily Threinen, conductor)– 21 January 2018
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 20 November 2017
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Symphonic Winds (Craig McKenzie, conductor) – 22 February 2017
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael Robinson, conductor) - 13 February 2017
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Youth Wind Symphony (Michael Daugherty, conductor) – 17 May 2016
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 27 April 2016
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Concert Band and Symphonic Band – 13 April 2016
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Symphonic Band (Nicholas Enrico Williams, conductor) - 13 February 2016 (2016 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Geraldi, Kevin M. "Vulcan." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 844-856. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Michael Daugherty website.