Some of you might already be familiar with Roger Zare's Mare Tranquillitatis, written in celebration of the Apollo 11's landing on the moon. With this being the 50th anniversary of this historic event, I have been in touch with Roger who has agreed to write a companion piece for Mare, to be performed in tandem – a sort of a second movement. With much news coming over the wire about a renewed excitement to return to the moon through agencies such as NASA and Space X, plus other countries also showing plans of development in the moon, we believe this lends an idea to an exciting second companion piece that might be written in the spirit of a new space race of sorts.
Because we have historically included many high school bands in this project, Dr. Zare has agreed to keep the difficulty of the work at a Grade 4 or below, with a minimum of approximately 6 minutes in length.
In an effort to consider a variety of different financial situations, the following fee structure will be used as a basis for joining the consortium:
Division I University/College: $500
Smaller Universities/Colleges: $250
High Schools: $150
Private/Personal Consortium Members: $50
With the exception of Private/Personal memberships who will receive acknowledgement in the score, all Consortium members will receive acknowledgement in the score plus a PDF copy of the full band set, with performance rights for 1 year after the premier that will take place at the 12th Annual CSU-Pueblo Festival of Winds on February 15th, 2020.
At this time, we would ask that you please reply with your interest to join this year's RMCP along with an indication of which sponsorship level that you would be requesting: Div 1, Small school, High School, or Personal. If you do respond that you are willing to join us, please consider it a binding agreement without option to withdraw at a later time. Final payment is requested before January 1st, 2020.
To learn more about Mare Tranquillitatis and to learn more about Roger's catalog of music, please visit the links below.
Past year's consortiums have produced the following works:
"Silver Light!" Benjamin Yeo, 2019
"Pike’s Peak" Adam Gorb, 2018
"Pastorale" Anthony O’Toole, 2016
"Heart Music" Andrew Boysen, Jr., 2015
"Downtown Divertimento" Johan de Meij, 2014
Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Alan W. Mills
Director of Bands/Professor of Music
Capps Capozzolo Academic Center for the Arts
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Founder, Rocky Mountain Commissioning Project
Founder, CSU-Pueblo Festival of Winds