New Music Commissions

The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature

Lake Zurich is pleased to be a member of The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature. This group has been in existence for only two years, but members of the consortium have been collaborating on commission projects regularly for quite some time. The consortium’s goal is to add a significant piece to the wind band repertoire in the grade 4 or 5 level by choosing composers who show originality and uniqueness in their approach to composing for wind band. The consortium gives the chosen composer freedom to write a piece that will be a complement to the pieces already in that composers catalog. The consortium members have made a commitment to provide funds yearly for this purpose.
Our 2011 composer was Michael Markowski, who composed Dreamland for our groups. Premieres of this piece were held in May of 2011. The 2012 composer was Ryan George, who lives in Austin, Texas. His piece Riff Raff was premiered in May 2012.
Most recently, the Consortium has once again commissioned Jonathan Newman to write a piece. "Single" is to be premiered by commissioning ensembles in May of 2013.
Other pieces members of this group have commissioned include Paragon by Wataru Hokoyama, Avenue X by Jonathan Newman, Elegy and Quickstep by David Dzubay and Turning by John Mackey.

Members of the consortium are:

St. Charles East High School, St. Charles, IL Jim Kull and Gil Wukitsch
Lake Zurich High School, Lake Zurich, IL Josh Thompson
New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL Matt Temple
Downers Grove South High School, Downers Grove, IL Craig Roselieb, Ron Hornish and Glenn Williams
Naperville Central High School, Naperville, IL DJ Alstadt and Brandon Estes
Champaign Central High School, Champaign, IL John and Jennifer Currey
Sun Prairie High School, Sun Prairie, WI Steve Sveum
Illinois State University Bands, Normal, IL Steve Steele
The Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors Rick Yancey

The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature is open to accepting new members who share the same commitment to producing quality new works for our students and communities. For further information, please contact Jim Kull.

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