arr. for Symphonic Band

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Duration ca. 8'
3(1.2.pic).2.6(1.2.3.ebcl.bcl. cbcl).3( - 4.6.3(1.2.btb).1.1 - timp - 4 per - hp - db


Transcribed by Capt. Ryan Nowlin.

Premiered by the Baltimore Symphony Band version premiered by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Capt. Ryan J. Nowlin on March 25, 2018 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, VA.


…the work has moments of punctuation, moments of flowing rhythm, and moments of sonic surprise that inevitably force the listener into a state of optimistic elation.

—Alan Sherrod, Arts Knoxville, September 22, 2018

A restrained central section preceded an explosive ending. ‘Starburst’ proved to be a perfect work to open the season.

—Timothy McDonald, Kansas City Star, October 9, 2010

It’s [Starburst] a curtain-raiser in the best sense of the word, full of energy and anticipation. The composer’s most distinctive talent may be for creating deeply lyrical themes, but here, his focus is on propulsion and creating a sense of almost frantic searching... Even a momentary repose partway through can’t stop the sense of urgency...

—Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun, April 30, 2010