COMMISIONING A PIECE
Each year, Brad receives commissions for concert or jazz band. He has been commissioned by bands at middle school, high school and college symphonic bands. When working with a commission, much care is taken to “fit” the piece to the ensemble. Often, Brad will travel to the school, meeting with the band to collect ideas and direction for the piece. Drafts will be sent to the conductor and modifications made so that the music will always satisfy and match the group.
Having commissioned a work for his own school band, Brad understands the dynamics of working together (composer, director and musicians). Much work is done around the architecture of the music (discussions about form, harmony) so that students not only perform a premiere, they also learn about the writing process.
Commissioned pieces can be written upon school songs or developed around a theme. Brad is always willing to compose the music to fit the school’s needs.
Whether is be a fanfare, a reflective piece or the rousing closer to your concert, Brad can create just the music your band needs' next program.
Brad's recent concert band commission "City of Lights" is now available for purchase. The Aurora grade 7 band, (Aurora Ill), commissioned and premiered this work in May 2019. Kjos publications has just released this work. You can search JW Pepper or KJOS.com to preview the score and audio.
Commissions for concert band or jazz band are accepted around the year, but negotiated for exact delivery dates. When planning ahead, please allow up to six months for a completed work to be delivered *(depending on the time of year).
Some schools join together to jointly commission a work for band. In this model. a group of schools can reduce their financial commitment by pooling their resources. This method has allowed some schools to enter into a commission as the overall costs are much less per school. Spreading the fees over four or five schools makes commissioning a work very affordable.
Please contact Brad for more info on commissioning a work for your band. You will make memories for your students that will last a life-time.
Fees are contingent upon the length and level of the music.