WAYLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL BANDS
We have several student composers at Wayland Middle School and this space will be a place to showcase some of their works. WMS students, if you wish to have one of your compositions here, send it to me.
Most recent works:
2011 Youth Composition Festival, UMASS Lowell
Rachel Hawley was again chosen by the UMASS Lowell committee to be one of the young comperses showcased at a recital at UMASS Lowell in June. Rachel had so many pieces from which to choose, but she submitted The Great Maroon Mountains and it was well received by the audience.
2010 Youth Composition Festival, UMASS Lowell
Yonatan (Jonathan) Patsenker and Rachel Hawley were chosen by the UMASS Lowell committee to be among the 9 young composers showcased in a recital at UML on May 1.
Jonathan's work, Trapped! was written for the Wayland Middle School Jazz Band. Click the link to hear the digital version.
Rachel's work, That Lower String Thing, for two cellos and two string bass, was inspired by an orchestra composition assignment, took on a life of its own and just grew! Click on the link to hear the digital version.
Whaler's Lullaby Another work for strings by Rachel Hawley. This piece was written to experiment with some of the musical advice given to Hawley by composer Elana Roussanova Lucas. Copyright 2011.
Flight Through the Snowy Village An ominous waltz in G minor for string orchestra. Copyright 2011.
The Great Maroon Mountains - A dynamic work for string orchestra. By Rachel Hawley, Copyright 2011.
Rip Tide - A revisit to the concept of jazz for strings, this time for an entire string orchestra. By Rachel Hawley. Copyright 2011.
Celestial Overture - A second full orchestra work by Rachel Hawley. Copyright 2011
A Wild, Hasty Overture - Rachel Hawley's first work for a full orchestra. Copyright 2011
Proud Mary The Tina Turner classic arranged for string orchestra by Rachel Hawley. Copyright 2010.
Fantasy's Waltz A waltz for string quintet or chamber orchestra by Rachel Hawley. Copyright 2010.
Sansa Kroma An African folksong arranged for string orchestra by Rachel Hawley. A version of this piece incorporating percussion may soon be in progress. (2010)
Blackbird For quintet or chamber ensemble with viola and cello solos. By Rachel Hawley. Copyright, 2010
Skyward! For concert band. Dedicated to Chris Lash. (Copyright 2010) This piece was performed by the Wayland Middle School Band at the 2011 Spring Concert and again during a performance at Faneuil Hall in June. Rachel conducted both performances.
Zelda's Waltz An excerpt from a larger work by Rachel Hawley. For a string ensemble or chamber group. 2010
Duck Tales Theme (by Mark Mueller--arranged by Rachel Hawley) The theme song of the 1990's cartoon Duck Tales, arranged for an SAB Chorus by Rachel Hawley. Note that due to issues with the music notation software, the lyrics can not be heard on this recording. 2010
That Lower String Thing, for two cellos and two string bass, was inspired by an orchestra composition assignment, took on a life of its own and just grew! Click on the link to hear the digital version. 2009
Touch the Clouds: Still using the FL 10 software, on this piece he used no synths, and it can all be played on actual instruments. He says the only impossible bit is a slide in the piano part in the beginning. 2011
African Trance Allen says of this piece: It is one of my first trance beats; I tried using more African/world drum sounds. I like the steady beat, and how the sounds overlap. 2011
Won't Stop Allen did the background on this grooving tune. Evan took Allen's work and added the melody and lyrics, including some overdubbed harmonies and he and Dan worked out the rap lyrics from Dan's ideas. Dan is the rapper! Evan & Dan did the mix. A truly uplifting message and a great example of collaboration! (Here is Allen's composition by itself, before Evan and Dan added to it. It was called Troubles From the Past.) 2011
Go to Allen's new website for some of his creations with the software, FL Studio 9. Interesting sound patterns and grooves!!
Legend of Time Some interesting ideas and harmonic twists in this one!
More Than Hard The title of this piece came first, then the musical ideas. Written for electric guitar, bass guitar and drum set. 2010
Alt A is Allen's first work. Looking for something musical to do while being laid off his drums due to a shoulder injury, Allen began messing around with some ideas and Alt A was created. 2010
ALLEN, EVAN & DAN
Won't Stop Allen did the background on this grooving tune. Evan took Allen's work and added the melody and lyrics, including some overdubbed harmonies and he and Dan H. worked out the rap lyrics from Dan's ideas. Dan is the rapper! Evan & Dan did the mix. A truly uplifting message and a great example of collaboration! 2011
THE HEART THROBS
Feeling Depressed - Evan Hughes, Matt Poulsen & Tucker Moody have been working together in their band since 4th grade. Generally they use guitar, keyboard and drums, but for this tune they put together a computer generated accompaniment. Evan wrote the melody and accompaniment and all three colaborated on the lyrics.
EVAN & JACKSON
Forget the Rest - an original song for synthesized background and two vocalists. This song was played at the dance earlier this year! 2010