Dance of Lucifer
For concert band
On my fifth edition of the Symphonic Composition Project I had to make use of my percussion section. Some of the other pieces we had programmed were pretty light on the percussion parts, so I wrote heavy, complexly-layered parts for my very talented section to have fun with on this one.
Like every good band nerd, I have a copy of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring that I try to look through from time to time. A combination of that and listening to lots of Tool gave me inspiration to look for certain things in the students' exerpts.
The result is a very dark piece, which the students voted to name "Dance of Lucifer" (suggested by the toms player). The Fillmore Central Concert Band premiered the piece on May 7, 2013.