Ballare Come un Pazzo

Trumpet Ensemble (12 parts)
Completed: 3/1/13; Premiered: 4/11/13
Unpublished – Contact the composer

Composed for the Arkansas State University Trumpet Ensemble for their trip to Italy in summer 2013. This short piece is mostly in 7/4 time, with a couple of interludes in 3/4 time. The title translates roughly as “Dance Like a Fool,” with  awkward rhythmic figures that make it easy to realize the title. The audience is encouraged to participate by clapping along with the players during the 7/4 sections in a rhythm that is essentially a 2+3 Afro-Caribbean clave minus the eighth beat.