An emotionally moving piece, Paul's use of a flowing melody, lush harmonies, and even 13th chords, brings the piece to gradual heights throughout before hitting the climax near the end of the piece - before "Ascension" settles down to its rightful place with a peaceful ending, one that is sure to leave you breathless at its beauty.
Featuring music in 4/4, 7/8/, and 3/4 time, as well as utilizing explosive passages and a Latin-American middle section, Paul's "Fantastico" is guaranteed to bring audiences out of their seats and it is sure to be one of your students' favorite pieces of the year!
Written in Paul's classic march style, this piece opens with technically difficult passages for all instruments, before the drum solo leads us to the main theme. As is always the case, Paul is careful to allow all instruments an opportunity for the melody, as well as rich harmonic phrasing throughout the piece.
A statement of triumph from the opening measure, this piece invokes feelings of success, achievement, and a bold and daring adventure that one must often undertake in order to achieve great heights!
A smooth and melodic piece, "Victory Dance" allows for significant ensemble playing, as well as the opportunity to balance chords. The woodwinds and trumpets carry the melody during the fist theme before allows the lower brass to boldly take over to make their presence known! An invigorating drum section part keeps the audience tapping their toes.
"Big Boss Don" suggests a deep, rhythmic, and definitive statement, beginning with the trombones and bass before the trumpets enter with a splash with the main theme, while the saxes kick in with the counter melody during the first theme. Paul's written solos for all instruments complete this "get out of your seat and dance" piece!
A blues Rock N' Roll tune? Yes, it is! Between the solid underpinning of the bass line, over which the melody, counter melody, and harmonies exist, while allowing plenty of room for the rhythm section to shine, "Home Plate" has already become a crowd favorite!
Written to give players and audiences a feel for the inner city, this piece invokes the daily life that one must often leads when living "In The City". The solid bass line, coupled with the explosive melody, caries the tune, while the harmonies and counter melodies add to the suspense of this excellent tune!