Commissions

Spark Brass is committed to supporting composers and promoting new exciting music for brass!

Our first album features our first commission from Tyler Gilmore, a composer, electronic musician,  and recording engineer. He has recorded two albums with his ensemble Ninth and Lincoln. He has worked with Ted Reichman, Matt Wilson, Anthony Coleman, Ron Miles, Ken Filiano, John Fedchock, and many others. In addition, he has composed for projects with Small Dream Ada, vocalist Clare Wheeler, and Chav with Kevin Abdella. He won the 2009 ASCAP/Columbia College Commission in Honor of Hank Jones and won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010. His music has been reviewed in DownBeat and performed internationally by groups including Jon Faddis’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the New England Conservatory Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Bobby Watson and The UMKC Concert Jazz Ensemble, The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Band I, The Playground Ensemble, The Henry Mancini Institute Overture Orchestra, and others. His work is published by UNC Jazz Press and Minor Ninth Music.Tyler grew up in rural Wyoming, attended the University of Northern Colorado and the New England Conservatory, and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. You can learn more about Tyler at his website, tylergilmoremusic.com.

In December 2013, Spark Brass premiered our first commission, Tyler’s piece called Pattern In Isolation.  The work was well-received by audiences and musicians alike, and we hope to work with Tyler again in the future. To hear Pattern in Isolation, visit our Media page.

In 2013, Spark Brass was also part of a commissioning consortium and will soon perform composer Sy Brandon’s Pinocchio Portraits for Brass Quintet.

From performances of his music on NPR’s “Performance Today” to the use of his music on TV’s “Animal Planet” and MTV’s “Never Before Scene”, Sy Brandon’s compositions and arrangements are as varied as they are accessible. His versatile ease in composing effectively for young musicians as well as professionals and his ability to utilize jazz and folk music in addition to writing in more abstract styles, enables his music to meet the needs of a wide variety of performers. His music has been recorded by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra on the Albany Records Label, the Philharmonia Bulgarica and the Kiev Philharmonic on the ERM Label, Emeritus Recordings, the Contemporary Record Society, and by the Swiss Duo Dilemme on the Arizona University Label. Trombone Association Publishing, the Theodore Presser Co., and Co-Op Press publish his music. His book, “A Composer’s Guide to Understanding Music with Activities for Listeners, Interpreters, and Composers” is published by Co-op Press. Sy Brandon (b. 1945 in New York, NY) holds the rank of professor emeritus of music from Millersville University, Millersville, PA where he taught low brass, composition, orchestration, music history, electronic music, and music industry for twenty-four years. He received his B.S. and M.S. in music education from Ithaca College and his A. mus. D. in composition from the University of Arizona. His composition teachers include Warren Benson, Elie Siegmeister, and Robert McBride.

Spark Brass is also passionate about education and involving students in our music-making. We celebrate our love of music through performance and education, and we share this love in educational concerts through our commission of Aaron Linscheid’s Boomwhacker Melodies. Aaron’s Pop and Blues mashups for boomwhackers and brass allows students to understand the underlying harmonies of popular music while engaging them onstage.

Aaron Linscheid is a trumpeter and educator in the Kansas City area. He plays with numerous Kansas City-based ensembles including the New Jazz Order, the Kerry Strayer Orchestra, the Project H, 9Plus1, the KC Philharmonia, and has appeared as a guest soloist on KCUR’s 12th Street Jump radio program. Outside of Kansas City, he has performed with groups such as the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, he won third place in the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Trumpet Competition. For the past three years, Linscheid has been studying under alto saxophonist and jazz master Bobby Watson.As an educator, Linscheid teaches music at Kansas City’s KIPP Endeavor Academy, offers private lessons, and works with young musicians at various summer music festivals. Linscheid received his BA in Music and his teaching certification from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and recently finished two master’s degrees – one in Trumpet Performance, and the other in Jazz Studies, at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

In 2015, Spark Brass put out a call for new works on the Composer’s Site (www.composerssite.com) and were overwhelmed by the wonderful response and high calibre works sent to us. Of the dozens of scores, we read our favorite twenty, and have selected works and arrangements by Carleton Macy, David Kinch and Stephen Jackson for debuts in the upcoming year.  More information on these composers and works will be available soon.

David Kinch is the Music Director/Conductor of the Vancouver Pops Symphony in Vancouver, WA. He is one of the founders and current performers of the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony (www.swwindsymphony.org) and sings with the Pacific Arts Ensemble (/www.pacificstageworks.com). After a series of illnesses sidelined him from his position as band and choir teacher at Jason Lee Middle School, David ventured into composing. His vocal works include, A Mass for a New Era, The Vintner, and Screw the List, I Want Butterhorns! David also composes and arranges for trombone quartet, brass quintet, band, and orchestra.  David has a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication from Western Washington University, A Bachelor of Arts in Music from Portland Sate University, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.

If you are interested in having a work commissioned or performed by Spark Brass, please contact us via website, Facebook or Twitter.