Let Me Be Frank With You (band)

Wind Ensemble/3'/Difficulty - Medium/2022

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Vandegrift High School Wind Ensemble
conducted by Katie VanDoren

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In the summer of 2020, in the midst of COVID, I desperately felt like I needed to write something joyful. So I started writing, and after about 24 measures, I had this terrible feeling – not uncommon for composers – that maybe the piece I was writing had already been written. And in this case, I feared that I had just plagiarized Frank Ticheli.

I sent the opening to Frank, who was incredibly gracious in his response. He said that he had NOT written this tune – although it’s clear that could have. This is a Ticheli-esque tune if ever I had written one!

It turns out that if I think “let’s just write 3 minutes of joyful fun,” my brain jumps to “you mean Ticheli with an excessive amount of snare drum and a few extra wrong notes.”

Thank you to Frank Ticheli – to whom the piece is dedicated – for his inspiration.

Commissioned by

A consortium of bands:

Allatoona High School Symphonic Winds
Allen High School Band Wind Ensemble
Archbishop MacDonald High School Bands
Big Spring High School Concert Band
Biloxi High School Wind Ensemble
Bridgewater College Symphonic Band
Buford High School Wind Ensemble
Casco Bay Wind Symphony
Clinton High School Band (Clinton, TN)
Clovis High School Wind Ensemble
Clovis North Educational Center Wind Ensemble
Dordt University Campus-Community Band
Elkhorn North Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Florida State University Wind Ensemble
Gig Harbor High School Wind Symphony
Gonzaga University Wind Ensemble
Harrisonburg High School Symphonic Band
High Desert Winds
Jupiter High School Band
Ketchikan High School Band
Lamar University Wind Ensemble
Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Gold Symphonic Band
Liberal High School Wind Ensemble
Lincoln High School Wind Ensemble
Lipscomb Wind Ensemble
Lone Star Youth Winds
Pelham High School Wind Ensemble
Rochester High School Wind Ensemble
Samuel V. Champion High School Wind Ensemble
Sandia High School Wind Ensemble
Utah Valley University Wind Symphony
Vandegrift High School Band
West Clermont Symphonic Band 1
Westwood High School Wind Ensemble
Wilmington High School Wind Ensemble
Winds of the Mountain Empire
Woodbridge High School Wind Ensemble