Cave You Fear, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Markowski

Michael Markowski

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Markowski Creative
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


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-III
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Lion's Roar (amplified)
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Take a suspenseful musical journey into the unknown with the mysterious and tantalizing sounds of this intriguing piece. Serving as a thrilling call to- adventure, the moving music urges the listener to venture out of their comfort zone and take chances while seizing the opportunity to aspire to and achieve greatness.

- Program Note from publisher

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”-Joseph Campbell

I've been thinking a lot lately about all the opportunities we're given day to day to try something new or to go somewhere we've never been before -- the opportunity to take a spontaneous road trip, to go see a concert by a band we've never heard of at a venue we've never been to, to try that new restaurant down the street where the menu is in a language we don't quite understand. Some people have an innate sense of adventure, who go with the flow, who live life for the unexplored, and I couldn't be more inspired by them.

For a long time, I was the opposite. I used to prefer to stay at home, working on my computer because it was the safe and responsible thing to be doing, listening to the same albums on my iPod, ordering the same meal at the same, familiar restaurants. And while there's nothing necessarily wrong with having a routine or knowing what you like, I eventually realized that my life was starting to have a certain predictability to it. It was a few years ago, while I was still living in the same state that I was born and raised in, that I had the most terrifying epiphany that I think I've ever had. I was becoming increasingly bored and incredibly boring.

In film schools around the world, Joseph Campbell's book The Hero With A Thousand Faces is required reading for filmmakers, screenwriters, and storytellers because Campbell has single-handedly identified what we refer to as "The Hero's Journey" -- the series of events and conflicts that arise along a character's path as he or she fights their way to some ultimate goal. After studying Campbell, it's easy to question where we are on our own paths. What is our own story? What are we fighting for? What does it mean to be a "hero" and how can we be more "heroic" ourselves? When we hear our own call to adventure, will we jump up, prepared, or will we ignore it, sit idly and take the easy way out because we would rather life be quiet and comfortable? According to Campbell, each of our adventures are already out there, waiting for us. That's not the problem. For him, "the big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty "yes" to your adventure.

So for the next four minutes, let's take a chance, let's venture into the dark unknown, let's fight whatever monsters we find in there. And although we might not always prevail, at least we'll have a story to tell by the end.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Gravelly Hill Middle School Bands, Arris Golden, director of bands

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Campus Band (Abbie Brown, conductor) - 23 October 2023
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 17 April 2023
  • Sunnyside High School (Fresno Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Anthony Perez-Medina, conductor) - 25 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Washington Union High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Madrid, conductor) – 22 April 2022 (2022 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Margaretta High School (Ohio) Concert Band (Adam Reardon, conductor) - 30 January 2022 (Severance Music Center, Cleveland)
  • Delta State University (Cleveland, Miss.) Symphonic Honor Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 15 January 2022
  • Southeast Polk High School (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Jacquelyn Meunier, conductor) - 2 March 2021
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Charles P. Conrad, conductor) - 31 October 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Concert Band (Andrew Blair, conductor) – 19 February 2020
  • Roma (Tx.) Middle School Symphonic Winds (Corey Graves, conductor) - 14 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Concert Winds (Brecksville, Ohio) (Tricia Asley, conductor) - 26 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • South Oldham High School (Crestwood, Ky.) Concert Band (Ryan McAllister, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Mercyhurst University (Erie, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 27 October 2019
  • Royal Oak (Mich.) Concert Band (Kevin R. Czarnik, conductor) - 27 October 2019
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Concert Band (Allegra Fisher, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Mukwonago (Wisc.) High School Symphonic Band (Emma Angoli, conductor) – 21 May 2019
  • Smoky Hills High School Honor Band (Salina, Kans.) (Carl Rowles, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) - 26 February 2019
  • District XII Middle School Honor Band (Cobb County, Ga.) (David Kehler, conductor) – 3 February 2019
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Meistersinger Ninth-Grade Honor Band (Russell Kramer, conductor) – 3 February 2019

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