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New Work for Concert Band


Grade 3.5 | 5 Minutes


“Bespoke” describes things that are created to address a particular problem or for a specific consumer. For over a century, we have been applying technology to find solutions to problems and further our knowledge of the universe. This new work for concert band will celebrate the advancement of technology and how it has been applied to make discoveries, and explore new frontiers.

The piece will start quietly and slowly grow to programmatically show continuous pushing of boundaries and end triumphantly with an expression of our limitless potential. The percussion section will be used throughout the piece to create a musical portrait of gears turning, computers working, and things being built. There may also be an optional, but not required electronic track included.

Schools can be a part of this consortium for $175 ($250 for Colleges), and will receive a year of performance exclusivity after the premier with the exception of any group that agrees to perform the work at a major Band/Orchestra Clinic.

The work will be premiered on May 19th, 2020, by Mr. Gregg Charest and the Exeter-West Greenwich High School Band. 

After the year-long period, the piece will be published.

Zachary Friedland earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition from The Ohio State University in 2018. Before Ohio State, Zach attended the University of Rhode Island, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music composition in 2013. He earned a Master’s degree at The Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2015.

During his time at Ohio State, Zach worked closely with the band program, writing for the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Winds, and Jazz Band, as well as arranging for The Ohio Show Band and Music Education program’s Brazilian Experience.

Zach has worked with notable groups including The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, The Stateline Wind Symphony, The Savannah River Winds, and the Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma 2016 Northeast District Reading Band, for which he was also a conductor and clinician. Zach has also written solo and chamber works for The Anacostia String Quartet, pianist Natalie Zhu, tubist Gary Buttery, vocalist Ketti Jane Muschler and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim.

A strong advocate for new music and young/emerging composers, Zach founded the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble (RIRE), which he runs with fellow Rhode Island composer and band director Michael Konnerth. RIRE is a weekend festival, held each June at the University of Rhode Island, dedicated to promoting the art of new music, fostering the creation of music for the symphonic band genre, giving opportunity to young composers to learn and grow through practical experience, and enriching the community of their profession through the collaborative recording experience.

For more information, please contact Gregg Charest - Gregg_Charest@ewg.k12.ri.us or Zachary  Friedland - zachary.j.friedland@gmai.com