Concert Band Goes River Rafting
The New Horizons Concert Band is working up Campbell River Sketches by Mark Williams for its annual Holiday performance. A two-movement composition, "Sketches" opens up with "Ballad" and quickly moves to a more up tempo "March."
According to the Alfred Publishing web site, "Mark Williams (pictured left) was one of the premier composers for school bands and orchestras. Co-author of the Accent on Achievement Band Method, Mr. Williams had more than 200 published works to his credit. As clinician and guest conductor, he traveled to 34 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia. Mr. Williams was born in Chicago and grew up in Spokane, Washington. He taught music in the state of Washington for many years, specializing in elementary band.
Mr. Williams held the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Education degrees from Eastern Washington University and served as woodwind performer and arranger for the 560th Air Force Band. Renowned for his compositions for band, orchestra, and choir, Mr. Williams earned numerous awards including the Western International Band Clinic's Gralia Competition and several ASCAP Special Awards. In addition to his writing and travel schedule, Mark performed regularly on bassoon and served as Conductor and Artistic Director for the Spokane British Brass Band."
Williams died in 2008 at the age of 52.
Here is his beautiful Campbell River Sketches.