Ballad and Dance Variations (2004) - Sy Brandon -This composition was composed for Paul Compton and the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble. The trombone and piano version is heard on this recording. The Ballad is lyrical with long lines, rich harmonies, and the trombone part uses the high tessitura frequently. It is rhapsodic in form and has a trombone cadenza towards the end. Three variations follow that are based on motivic ideas from the Ballad. Paul Compton is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Oklahoma State University, an Edwards Performing Artist and is a member of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Zarina Melik-Stepanova is Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University. Ninth Avenue Hustle (2004) - Martin Rokeach - Composed at the request of bass trombonist David Ridge, Ninth Avenue Hustle was written in two versions, one with orchestra, one with piano. It is a celebratory one-movement piece that, hopefully, evokes the stimulation, energy and drama of living in a big city. All the material comes from the "big" chord and opening theme in the first few measures. The piece is dedicated, with affection and gratitude, to David Ridge and Lino Rivera. David Ridge holds the position of Principal Bass Trombone with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He is a faculty member at California State University, East Bay and Saint Mary's College of California. Pianist Lino Rivera has performed as soloist and accompanist throughout the United States and Europe. He teaches at Saint Mary's College of California. Sonata for Trombone and Piano (1970) - Sy Brandon - This three movement sonata for trombone or euphonium is filled with lyricism and jazz harmonies. The opening movement is a moderato in sonata form followed by a slow second movement that varies a two part theme. The last movement is more angular and agitated. Peter Howell was a finalist at the International Trombone Association Frank Smith solo competition in 2005 and a finalist in the Van Haney Mock Audition competition in 2006. He holds a Masters in Music Performance from Temple University and a Bachelors in Music from Carnegie Mellon University. Donna Amato teaches piano at the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities. Sketches (2003) - John David Lamb - This piece for solo trombone is derived from material from a sketchbook the composer kept in 1965 while on sabbatical among the redwoods along the northern California coast. The piece was finally assembled in 2003. These five short movements attempt to present the multi-faceted personality of this wonderfully versatile instrument: solemn, raucous, sentimental, ominous, and playful. Don Immel is the principal trombonist in the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester. From 1999 to 2005, Immel was Associate Professor of trombone at the University of Washington in Seattle where he also played principal trombone in the Seattle Opera's Ring Cycle orchestra. Fantasia (1973) - Sy Brandon - This work was composed for bass trombonist,Tom Everett. It is in a free form as the piece develops two main themes. The first is an expansive line in an allegro tempo. The second is a rhythmic idea in 5/8. A lento middle section provides contrast to the outer sections. Justin Clark was twice a finalist for the International Trombone Association's Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition in 2003 and 2004. In March of 2004, he won the Eastern Trombone Workshop's Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Justin is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Mannhattan School of Music. Hanako Yamagata, piano, is a native of Tokyo. She received her Master's of Music from Manhattan School of Music. She is a frequent performer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City. Tapestries (1994) - Sy Brandon - This composition is a one movement work in three large sections. The first section is a moderato in 5/4 with a lyical line in the bass trombone surrounded by a sixteenth note motif in the tenor trombone parts. Pyramid effects and recitative like sections comprise the lento second section. This leads to a vigorous allegro in 9/8 and 6/8 to conclude the work. Sara Albert, Tzu-Yang Chou, John McClave, Henry Henniger, and Justin Clark are studying at the Manhattan School of Music. They are also free-lance musicians in the metropolitan New York area. These artitsts received second prize in the 2004 Co-op Press Brass Recording Competition for this recording. Two Moods for Trombone Choir (1999) - Stephen Jean - The first movement, Solitude, was written after an evening walk with the composer's dog on a cold, moonlit January night. During the walk, the main 'pyramid' idea stated at the beginning of the movement was conceived. The movement reflects the struggles in the personal life of the composer. Joy was added later as a companion piece when the composer was in a better frame of mind. The 1998-99 University of Massachusetts at Amherst Trombone-Euphonium - Choir Professor David Sporny, Director. Michael Cook, Rachel Dinisman, Edward Doyle, Victoria Moore, Adam Sawyer, Jason Sulliman, John Widmer, Jessica Wilke, trombone; Stephen Jean, David Piper, euphonium; Christopher Bombardier, William Carr, Benjamin Griffin, bass trombone.