Composed 2013 for Concert Band

Dance of Lucifer was premiered on May 7, 2013 by the Fillmore Central High School Marching 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’ excerpts. The result is a very dark piece, which the students voted to name “Dance of Lucifer” (suggested by the toms player).

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