(also Winner, 2013 Band Composition Contests, Sul Ross State U., Texas; Hillcrest Wind Ensemble, San Diego)
The American Prize 2016, Second Prize, “Hill Dance”
The American Prize 2014, Third Prize,”The Last Stand”

Contemporary classical music for Concert Band – a collection of band works by composer David Avshalomov (including an oratorio with band and some transcriptions), with sound files and scores.

CONDUCTORS: You are welcome to print a complimentary perusal score for study from a posted .pdf. If you decide to perform the piece, just purchase the .pdf when you order the parts. If you would like to read a piece through with your group first before deciding whether to perform it, please send this request via the “Order This”  link.


view scoreCornucopia of Roundsconcert band12'1976-80
Order This»Wild extreme-variation fantasia, making a chopped salad out of 7 different rounds presented in different keys, through every kind of wacky distortion, manipulation, and agglomeration. Huge cosmic ending. (Coda is also used to end the Lifeboat Variations). Grade 5.
view scoreNEW First to Serveconcert band1'2016
Order This»VoxNovus Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: A Celebration of Service awardee. This short, high-energy fanfare-march is a salute to those who jump up and rush to help when disaster or misfortune strikes. The music is heroic, yet the harmonies in the middle section hint at danger as well. The ending is an exuberant burst of pride. Dedicated to the West Point Band. Grade 5/6.
view scoreGlockenspiel Marchconcert band2'301968/97
Order This»Sprightly, simple, honest, fun, old-fashioned gazebo novelty march. Big start, contrasts of choirs, soft-shoe sandpaper break, reprise given to the 3 glockenspiels (or bell lyras). Playfully pompous “I Love Lucy/Til Eulenspiegel” ending. Grade 4.Notes»
view scoreHill Dance--American Prize 2015, Band Composition, (Second Prize)concert band 6'30transcr. 2015
Order This»Lively Bulgarian-style 5/8 folk dance up in hill country. Showy solos for Eb, Bb, bass clar. Slower middle with Jewish-flavor circle-dance tunes, almost drunk. Wild loud fast ecstatic ending building to full band. (Transcription of the original version for clarinet choir.)
TWO recordings: (1) Woodbridge HS Band, Irvine, CA, Brad Harris, conductor (2) Middle Tennessee State University Concert Band, Dr. Reed Thomas, conductor.
Plus: U. N. Texas/Eaddy candid video»
view scoreThe Last Stand--AMERICAN PRIZE 2014, BAND COMPOSITION (3rd Prize) concert band 7'452013
Order This»A statement from the heart of a conservationist, nature-lover, outdoorsman, and mountain man. A grim tragic lament over the senseless cutting down of a last stand of old growth pine forest. With farewell song, chainsaw chorus, clearcut march, crownfire, choppers, rain, and a hopeful hint of reforestation and the silva nova. Commissioned 2012 by the Western Plains Wind Consortium. Grade 5. Recording by the Santa Monica College Band, Kevin McKeown, conductor.Notes»

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view scoreLifeboat Variationsconcert band, opt. narrator16' to 22'
(+3 if narr.)
1970-79, rev. 2013
Order This»"Every Person's Guide to the Band", good for community or school audiences. Introduction and series of accompanied show-off variations, one for each different instrument or section, on a popular round (Row Your Boat). Wide range of styles and moods, high-energy cosmic finale. Optional terse narration between movements; narrator or conductor may also lead an audience sing of the theme round before the piece starts. 3 (opt.) quick sound-making demos in intro. (NOTE: Several variations for outsize/special instruments are optional.) Grade 5.Narration»
view scorePrime Time (Toccata Brillante)concert band11'2000
Order This»Bright, brash showpiece in 11/8 built on a fast down-leaping ostinato tattoo, with soaring melodies, crazed-canon variations, sleep cycle, big band jazz breakdown, full reprise, and prankster ending. Grade 5.
(full band score)view scorePRINCIPLES (mixed chorus) Chorus (SSAATTBB), baritone voice solo, concert band or piano w/opt. percussion (6)32' - rev 2010
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(piano/vocal score)
view piano/vocal scoreSecular oratorio, tuneful, populist, rousing, on themes of liberty, social justice, and religious freedom from Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. Accessible, thinking-person's patriotic music. Texts: His creed, Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Declaration of Independence, epitaph, letters. Mixed chorus/band version. Now also available with Orchestra accompaniment; some keys differ. SEE WORKS/CHORAL page for orchestral score and sound samples.Notes»
(full band score)view scorePRINCIPLES (men's chorus)Men's chorus (TTTTBBBB), baritone voice solo, concert band or piano w/opt. percussion (6)32' - 1993-4
rev. 2014
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(piano/vocal score)
view piano/vocal scoreSecular oratorio. Male chorus version written for the Singing Sgts. and the top USAF band, DC. Notes»
(MIDI)1. Creed: "I Have Sworn"4'
Brilliant ringing opening, hortatory middle in polymeters on the evils of forced false religions; big unresolved cadence.
(voice/piano)2. Our Civil Rights3'
Bitter, dignified solo elaboration of the relationship between religious choice and civil rights. Choral echos. Grim ending.
(MIDI)3. The Opinions of Men2'
Serious, energetic repudiation of government control of opinion.
(MIDI)3a. We Do Enact4'
Pure choral, gentle psalm/prayer-style statement of the Statute.
(MIDI)4. The Truth is Great (fugue)2'
Tight, lively, chromatic rhetorical fugue on Truth. (Possible a cappella.)
(MIDI + voice)5. Rebellion to Tyrants2'
Shay's Rebellion letter, solo recitative.
(MIDI)6. We Hold These Truths6'
Taut, dramatic setting of the salient parts of the Declaration of Independence with brave, strong, inspiring conclusion, bright joyous brass tattoo outburst after "sacred honor".
(MIDI)6a. Here Was Buried1'
Solemn unison recitative over pedal tone, on his self-penned epitaph.
(MIDI)7. All Eyes Are Opened8'
Populist, revival-style exhortation to remember and honor the Principles of the Declaration. Several band interludes, drum section break. Big peroration on the refrain, "All Eyes are Opened to the Rights of Man," skyrocket ending.
view scoreNEW Rain Danceconcert band 6'transcr. 2016
Order This»A bitter slow-dance piece, dry and dissonant almost throughout, with a few moments of moist semi-sweetness near the end. Spooky start and end. (Transcription/expansion of the original version for flute orchestra--all sizes)
view scoreSiegeconcert band 7'301969, rev. 2016
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Lyrical, dark, moody, dramatic tone poem, modern-tonal, built on two themes, using the full resources of the band. Episodes suggesting the night siege of a Medieval citadel. Form builds from slow rising contrapuntal tension in full band through energetic challenge in the brass, night watch, stealthy undermining and breach, sudden attack and glorious defense, winding down to a tragic quiet lament with a slow bittersweet ending.
view scoreSpring Rondoconcert band8'1971
Order This»Lively, colorful, euphonious, fast-dancing, rhythmic, varied rondo form with changing polymeters and a hot ending. (Band scoring of the Brass Rondo) Grade 5.Notes»
view score StarGazersconcert band4'15 total2015
Order This»A pair of short color/character miniatures expressing our yearning for the stars–first in helpless awe-struck Earthbound stargazing, and then in our relentless over-reaching technical audacity.
1. Starry Night1'30
Slow quiet start with a soaring tune, high canonic tapestry, blazing starry dome of night, big brassy cadence and twinkle ending.
2. Galaxy2'45
Illuminates the impulse to soar to the stars. Slow, high, expansive, floating opening, speed-up to space adventure march theme, launch peak, romantic interlude, wild jump to warp speed , triumphant tonal close.
view scoreVignettes -- First Prize, American Prize 2015 for Band Composition
[also Winner, 2013 Band Composition Contests, Sul Ross State University (TX) and Hillcrest Wind Ensemble (San Diego)]
reduced-instrumentation band
2013 Total dur. 14'
Order SET»Album of short, widely-varied, colorful, dynamic miniature character pieces. Can be mixed and matched or played in the original sequence. Fun to play and hear. Several are great for children’s concerts. Applies core instrumentation recommended in David Avshalomov's Community Band Scoring Survey Findings (Fall 2012 NBA and ACB Journals). For advanced high school, community/amateur, community college, and college concert bands. Grade 4+. Commissioned by an international consortium of 27 concert bands. Candid concert recording: Westchester Symphonic Winds (Tarrytown, N.Y.), Curt Ebersole, conductor
1. Our Leader0'30
Buildup slow fanfare – flashy cadence
2. Grotesko 1'00
Stiff pompous march with camels
3. Snowy Mountains2'20
Sierra postcard, sonorous wintery mood, rich end
4. March of the Giant Robots2'20
Mechanical modern march in 5/4 with optional robotic player movement
5. Tuskers1'15
Postcard from Africa--wild adventure ostinatos and buildup to the bull's-eye moment
6. MoonSong II(no brass-tuba cues string bass)2'15
High moon and breeze on mountain pines; slow, dreamy, poignant solo Clarinet 1 melody
7. Dragon Dance1'
Postcard from Hong Kong: Crazed dragon festival parade with gongs and drums; firecrackers optional
8. News, Weather, Sports!1'
Classic uptempo brash news logo theme with Disco beat, blaring trumpets and ending tattoo. ". . . . and . . . we are back live with breaking news!"
9. Valentine(brass optional)1'30
Sentimental arietta for a remembered love; Flute 1 solo
10. Ice War1'20
Theme to a Medieval Battle Videogame; chopped ending or extended-fade coda (optional Viking helmets)
view scoreBach, Sinfonia, Cantata 29Clarinet, Flute sections soli/band 3'151731/2013
Order This»Bach transcribed the brilliant perpetual motion Preludio (in E) to his Third Partia for solo violin as an organ solo (in D), fleshing out an accompaniment for his standard festive orchestra (strings, oboes, trumpets, timpani) to create this joyousSinfonia. This re-transcription (in Eb) gives the solo organ part to the clarinet and flute sections, the organ pedals and orchestra parts to the band. Flute and Clarinet 1. 2. parts are Grade 5, band is Grade 4.
view scoreBach, Sinfonia, Cantata 29Marimba (or xylophone) solo/band3'151731/2013
Order This»Re-transcription for band of Bach's own transcription of the Preludio (in E) to his Third solo violin Partia, for solo organ with festive orchestra. Here the solo part is given to marimba (or xylophone, or duet).
(full band score)view scoreBeatles, SERGEANT PEPPER MedleyTTBB chorus + vocal soli; (or solo quintet), band (also with combo)16'1971
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(vocal score/piano reduction for BAND prep)
view piano/vocal scoreFun transcription medley from the Beatle's amazing first concept album. Created for and premiered by the USAF Band and Singing Sergeants, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, Commander/Conductor. Can be performed with men’s chorus and soloists, or with amplified solo quintet of good vocal Beatles imitators. Also available with combo accompaniment.
NJ1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club BandRecording: Orpheus Men's Choir, Ridgewood Band, New Jersey1'30
NJ2. With a Little Help From my Friends2'
NJ3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds1'20
NJ4. It's Getting Better All the Time1'45
USAF5. She's Leaving HomeRecording: USAF Band DC/Singing Sgts./Gabriel1'30
USAF6. When I'm 641'45
USAF7. Lovely Rita Meter Maid1'40
USAF8. Sgt. Pepper Reprise1'25