Meet the Composer: Commissioned original works written for Young Sounds of Arizona have played a major role in the development of the young musicians who perform them.

The opportunity to interact with, work with, and be conducted by such compositional giants as Bill Holman, Bob Freedman, Bob Curnow. Tom Kubis, Fred Sturm, Chris Brubeck and others, in pieces written specially for them, is a golden one.

Results have always been achieved through adherence to the highest possible musical standards. These composers do not write "down" to the level of playing ability possessed by these 14-18-year-old band members in performance of these pieces which, in past years, have been commissioned through grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

It has been a special part of the Young Sounds final concert each season to allow the composers to address the audience and answer questions about how they developed these original works. Take a listen to some of the gifts these giants of jazz composition have brought to Young Sounds and our audiences................

Click Title for More Info Composer Arranger Year Commissioned
Bourbon Street Stroll Chris Brubeck Chris Brubeck 2003-04
Colores Raoul Romero Raoul Romero 1999
Del Corazon Mike Tomaro Mike Tomaro 2002
Eleven Steps Fred Sturm Fred Sturm 2009
Epic Pepper Queen Joey Sellers Joey Sellers 1997
Ever Changing Horizons Mike Crotty Mike Crotty
Hullabaloo Alan Baylock Alan Baylock 2006
Prayer Allen Carter Allen Carter 2008
Rain, Rain, Come Again Kenneth LaFave J. Rhodes 2001
Road Signs Kenneth LaFave Kenneth LaFave 2001
Sweetness Bill Holman Bill Holman 2010
The Heat Of The Day Pat Metheny Bob Curnow 2006-07
The Legend (From Arizona Suite) Part I Dave Eshelman Dave Eshelman 2005
Time To Get It Done Bob Freedman Bob Freedman 2011
Viridian Kim Richmond Kim Richmond 1998
Water Kenneth LaFave Kenneth LaFave 2001
Love and Blessings Fred Forney Fred Forney 2012
Gobbledygook Ryan Haynes 2013