© Copyright 2018 by Jennifer Jolley 

Ash

COMMISSIONED

Commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles, whose members include:
Duke University Wind Symphony & The Paul R. Bryan Music Department Endowment Fund, Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, director | Columbus State Community College, Thomas Lloyd, director | Concordia University Ann Arbor Wind Ensemble, William M. Perrine, director |  Nazareth College, Jared Chase, director | Henderson State University Wind Ensemble, Steven M. Knight, director | Arizona Women Band Director International/Jill Sullivan, Jill Sullivan, director | St. Olaf College/Dr. Timothy Mahr, Timothy Mahr, director | Indiana University, Jason Nam, director | Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra/Dr. Glenn D. Price, Glenn Price, director | Washburn University Wind Ensemble/Robert M. Schwartz, Robert M. Schwartz, director; University of Minnesota/University Band/Betsy McCann, Betsy McCann, conductor; SUNY Geneso Wind Ensemble/Leah McGray, Leah McGray, conductor | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Pointe Wind Ensemble, Michael Butler, Michael Butler, conductor | Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Lambda Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at The University of Michigan, John Pasquale, director | Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band, Eric Leung, lead organizer and commissioner.

DEDICATED

Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band, Eric Leung, director.

FIRST PERFORMANCE

November 17, 2018 by the Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band, Eric Leung, director.

 

ENSEMBLE

Piccolo, Flute 1, 2, Oboe 1, 2, Bassoon 1, 2, 3 Clarinets in B-flat, Bass Clarinet in B-flat, Alto Saxophone 1, 2, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, 3 Trumpets in B-flat, 4 French Horns, Trombone 1, 2, Euphonium 1, 2, Tuba, 2 Percussion*

 

*Snare Drum, Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals, Marimba, Tubular Bells

DURATION

6 minutes

**Available for performance on November 17, 2019.

PROGRAM NOTE​

I never saw snowfall as a child growing up in Southern California; it was more a phenomenon that I saw in cartoons or read in children’s books.

I did, however, witness my first ash-fall when I was in elementary school. I looked up into the clouded sky and saw specks of ash falling from it. Excited but puzzled, I looked to my elementary school teacher during recess and held out my hand. “Oh, that’s ash from the wildfires,” she said. At that time, I couldn’t comprehend how an enormous forest fire could create a small flurry of ash-flakes.

Now I have the ominous understanding that something so magical and beautiful comes from something so powerful and destructive.