PEGASUS

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Piece Title : Pegasus
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Wahlund, Ben
Composer / Arranger Details:

Ben Wahlund is an internationally award-winning music composer, music educator, and performer of percussion. With bachelor degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as a Master`s Degree in Music Theory and Composition and a Performance Certificate in percussion from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, Ben Wahlund has seen success as a musician on a number of fronts since the early 1990`s.

As a composer, Mr. Wahlund`s works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan, Australia, France, Taiwan, China, and most recently, Jordan. Additionally, his compositions have placed twice in the Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest, first place for the Quey Percussion Duo Annual Composition Contest, first place in the international Methanex "Symphony and Steel Composition Contest" for a concerto for steel pan and orchestra, and second place in the Keystone Composition Contest.

Ben Wahlund is the Assistant Director of the Birch Creek Music Center Percussion Session, in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, as well as a private teacher and adjudicator in the Naperville, Illinois area and serves as adjunct faculty in music theory, percussion pedagogy, composition/orchestration and music education at North Central College, in Naperville, IL.

Ben Wahlund also serves as the director of percussion at Naperville Central High School, where the high school percussion ensemble`s concert Drumshow consistently performs to capacity crowds of over 2,500 people. Additionally, Ben has designed and is director of the District 203 Riverwalk Percussion Camp.

His performance history involves successful performances in all aspects of percussion throughout the United States as well as Europe, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, a number of state Days of Percussion, and the Illinois Music Educators Association State Convention.

His effective and engaging teaching has earned him two Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education, a number of citations as outstanding studio staff member at NCHS, a nomination for the Disney Excellence in Education Award, and, most importantly, a roster of tremendously successful students.

Ben Wahlund endorses Sabian Cymbals, Remo Percussion, and Innovative Percussion Drumsticks and Mallets. Mr. Wahlund`s work is published exclusively by HoneyRock Publications and lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Jennifer, and two dogs, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Snare Drum / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Snare Solo with Accompaniment
Instrumentation : Bass Drum / Cabasa / Orchestra Bells / Snare Drum / Tambourine / Vibraphone / Wood Block (x3)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : Solo snare drum, I. Vibraphone, Woodblock and Cabasa - II. Marimba (5 octaves), and Woodblock - III. B.D., Tamb., Low Woodblock, Orch. Bells or Crotales.
Written for / Commissioned by : Rich Ford
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Will Cooley
Accompanied :Solo with Percussion Accompaniment
Publisher :Honeyrock Publishing
Publishers Website :www.honeyrock.net
Publisher Details :

An eclectic collection of percussion music - hundreds of titles - including solos, ensembles and percussion features with wind ensemble and/or orchestra accompaniment. These titles offer a unique and noteworthy sampling of percussion performance literature and pedagogical perspective. With regard to difficulty, our performance literature runs the gamut, from beginning level works accessible to younger players, to those works that will challenge the most adventuresome college level players and professional performers. From this outstanding collection of contemporary percussion literature - we hope and expect you will find something that will help you make a joyful noise.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2005 /  2009
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :Crotales can substitute for orchestral bells
Sheet Music Available From :www.honeyrock.net      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Commissioned by Mr. Rich Ford in the summer of 2005, Pegasus aims to communicate some of the feelings that have been shared between Rich and myself over the course of my study at university. Both of us having been raised in musical families and coming to hold the tenets of Christianity dear to our hearts, we have often found ourselves challenged both in religious and musical aspects of life, finding at least some solace in the comfort of the other’s struggles. However, I have found that the most comfortable place for myself, that in which I find myself free from sin and its repercussions, even if only for a brief moment, is when I am engaged in certain activities, with no worry, no doubt – only God, me, and the rest of this beautiful creation.

Recently it has been in reading in front of a fireplace with my wife and dog nearby, going on a walk, bike rides, enjoying those mysterious, brilliant moments of music making from time and time, and more. I like to think that for Rich Ford, his training for marathons might be the same. I picture him daily setting out on a run with life’s distractions on his shoulders, only to shake them off as he keeps running and finding that precious balance when activity and rest are at a strange, beautiful equilibrium. With power and grace I see Rich growing to be a man whose fears will grow to be his strengths – his doubts - his securities – and with time, the power to run with the balance of Pegasus to the heavens.

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