FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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Piece Title : First Impressions
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Level : High School/ College
Composer / Arranger : Stephens, Wesley
Composer / Arranger Details:

Hailed as "talented" (David Maslanka, composer) and a "world-class rising composer" (Karen Naifeh Harmon, violinist and composer)  Wes Stephens` (b. 1983) award-winning compositions have been performed internationally by organizations and ensembles such as the Boston Metro Opera, Tulsa Modern Movement, Bespoke Brass,  the University of Missouri Percussion Ensemble, the Truman State University Percussion Ensemble, and the University of Oklahoma Steel Band.

He is currently serving as the Director of Bands at Lindbergh Middle School in Peoria, IL. He is working on  completing his D.M.A. in Percussion Performance at the University of Oklahoma.  He holds degrees from the University of Missouri (Master of Music, 2009) and Missouri Western State University (Bachelor of Science in Music Education, 2007). He has studied percussion with notable instructors such as Dr. Dennis Rogers, Dr. Tracy Thomas, Kevin Bobo, Leigh Howard Stevens, Dr. Lance Drege, Dr. Julia Gaines, Doug Auwarter, and Dr. Nathan Daughtrey. While pursuing his education and performance degrees he also studied composition with Dr. Matt Gilmour, Dr. Thomas McKenney, and Dr. Marvin Lamb.

As a performer he has played with the Fort Smith Symphony, the Saint Joseph Symphony, the Missouri Symphony, the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble, the Axiom Percussion Trio, Gordon Stout, and Third Coast Percussion. He is an advocate of new music and has premiered works by Marvin Lamb, Blake Marriott, Stephanie Berg, Nathan Daughtrey, Joseph Hasper, Ricardo Souza and Bruce Hamilton.

Wes Stephens is a member of ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

 
Total Number of Percussionists Required :7 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / World Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Steel Pan Ensemble
Instrumentation : Agogo Bell / Bass Pans / Cello Pans / Double Seconds Steel Pan / Double Tenor Steel Pan / Drum Kit / Ganza / Guitar Pans / Lead Steel Pan / Reco-reco / Tenor Bass Pans
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : OU Steel Band, Andrew Richardson, director
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Wes Stephens
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Amalgam Publishing
Publishers Website :www.amalgampublishing.net
Publisher Details :

Amalgam Publishing is a collective of musicians. Our goal is to produce new music and teaching methods that represent the state of our art, and we are inviting people to join our community to provide an outlet for their creative and pedagogical work. We believe that the terrain of music is changing, influenced by the connectivity of the internet, niche communities, and a devaluation of art to society. As we adapt to these changes, we hope to build a network of musicians that can maneuver this terrain.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2011 /  2011
Duration :3Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :NA
Sheet Music Available From :www.amalgampublishing.net      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Program Note:

First Impressions was written for the University of Oklahoma Steel Band, directed by Andrew Richardson, for their 2011-2012 concert season.

Performance Notes:

Feel free to manipulate the form of the piece to fit your particular needs and strengths. Improvised solos are permitted and encouraged.

Although the drum part is fully notated it is merely a suggestion. It is meant to facilitate an accurate performance in the given style (samba). Drummers that are comfortable with improvisation are free to experiment with differnent ideas for grooves and fills.

There is an optional percussion part included but feel free to add more instruments than what is in the score if you have more players.

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