Dr. Tim Shade and the Wichita State University Wind Ensemble will be performing the first of multiple premieres of the SYMPHONY NO. 2 on September 26. Many thanks to these conductors for commissioning this work. The music will be available to everyone after June 1, 2020. 

Wichita State University, Timothy Shade

Arkansas Tech University, Dan Belongia

Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Stephen Squires

Florida Atlantic University, Kyle Prescott

Florida International University, Brent Alston

Florida State University, Richard Clary

Frost School of Music, Robert Carnochan

Stephen F. Austin State University, David Campo

Texas A&M University – Commerce, Phillip Clements

University of Alabama in Huntsville, Dave Ragsdale

University of Connecticut, Vu Nguyen

University of Nebraska, Carolyn Barber

University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Mark Norman

University of Southern Mississippi, Catherine Rand

Utah Valley University, Thomas Keck

Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, Luce Concert Band, and the Valparaiso Community University Concert Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler


The foundation of this music is an ascending three-note motive of C-Ab-B. This motive is the basis for the primary 12-tone theme heard at the beginning.

Movement I. is a modified sonata form with a mood of foreboding. It may feel nervous, alarming, comical at times, and militaristic.

Movement II. is an ABA form built on an excerpt of the original theme from movement I. The zenith of the movement is a quiet chorale. This movement may feel like it is traveling and looking back with nostalgia.

Movement III. is a passacaglia and eight variations followed by a double fugue featuring two subjects heard simultaneously. The themes of the previous two movements reappear as the music develops into a dissonant texture that transitions to the opening bass ostinato. As the brass build tension, the music pushes towards its inevitable new tonic of G major.