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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Drum Set (optional)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Metal may be used as a concert opener or closer, and refers to two different types of "metal." The first type is that of the considerable use of metallic sounds in the percussion section. The second inspiration actually comes from the genre of "heavy metal." There are several instances throughout the piece that suggest a strong heavy metal influence. A truly unique piece for mature ensembles.

-Program Note by publisher

This creative work was inspired by two different types of metal, the first being the metallic sounds created by the percussion section and the fact that many percussion instruments are metal. The second type of metal refers to heavy metal, and the composer’s fascination with taking musical influences from earlier in his life and presenting them in a contemporary wind band framework. Though the heavy metal style does not emerge in full form, the style is suggested through the use of loud, thick orchestration and low trombone lines that reflect distorted electric guitars playing power chords. Expertly scored at a brisk tempo with rhythmic intensity throughout, the piece includes effective use of alternating meters, interesting textures, muted effects in the brass, and solo opportunities for clarinet.

-Program Note by The Instrumentalist, October 2013, page 32.

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Maryland: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Champion High School Symphonic Honors Band (Kevin Arnott, conductor) - 2 April 2019
  • Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Kerr, conductor) – 17 March 2019 (Beckley, W. Va.)
  • Gettysburg (Penn.) College Symphony Band (Russell McCutcheon, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • Florida International University (Miami) Symphonic Band (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) - 1 March 2018
  • Lafayette High School Symphonic Band(Brad Balog, conductor) – 3 March 2016
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, (Daniel Eaton, guest conductor) - 22 February 2015
  • Fairhope High School (Ala.) Wind Ensemble (John Milham, percussion) - 14 May 2013

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