From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 8:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $16.00


1. Overture
2. Ballad
3. Fusion


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells (optional 2 sets)
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Just as its title suggests, this three-movement contemporary work draws from various types of pop music and dance forms, and sets them in a symphonic framework. The opening movement, Overture, is a short fanfare based loosely on Irish dance rhythms and melodies. The second movement, Ballad, receives its inspiration from various aspects of pop ballads, though no direct references are made. Dense harmonies and interesting textures play an important role throughout the movement. The final movement, Fusion, is a literal combination of rock, funk, swing, and classical in a contemporary setting.

Fusion was commissioned by the Highland High School Wind Ensemble (Gilbert, Arizona), Eric Haenfler, director.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Kate Ferguson, conductor) - 27 February 2023
  • Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark, Ohio) (Russel Mikkelson, conductor) - 23 October 2022
  • Champion High School (Warren, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Tyler Husosky, conductor) – 22 February 2019
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 12 December 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 21 April 2016
  • Argyle (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Kathy K. Johnson, conductor) – 20 December 2007 (2007 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Balmages, B. (2007). Fusion [score]. FJH Music: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Brian Balmages website Accessed 15 September 2020