2015 Commission Project
Phi Beta Mu International is dedicated to promoting quality music for the wind band medium by developing new literature that contributes to the existing band repertoire for all grade levels.
We are pleased to announce that composer William Owens has been awarded the Grade 1-2 commission. William Owens is a retired band director in Texas and presently serves as the Instrumental Editorial Assistant for FJH Music Company. Recent commissions include the Indiana Bandmasters Association, TMEA Region 9, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Georgia MEA District 9, as well as numerous band programs in Texas.
Congratulations and thank you to the Mineola Middle School 1-C Honor Band and their conductor Melissa Grant Fisher for the premiere performance of our new commission Wings of Mercury by William Owens.
The performance took place in San Antonio, Texas at the Lila Cockrell Theater in conjunction with the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. Thanks also to commission chair Elva Kaye Lance, Vice President of PBM International, for her work on this meaningful project.
2014 Commission Project
The Executive Board of Phi Beta Mu is dedicated to promoting quality music for the wind band by developing new literature that contributes to the existing band repertoire for all grade levels as we work together to build better bands.
We are pleased to announce that the Phi Beta Mu commission by composer Johnnie Vinson was completed and delivered by the agreed-upon date of September 1, 2014.
The Grade 3 commission is titled O’er the Land of the Free and is 4:15 in duration. It has been selected for publication by Hal Leonard and will be available late this spring or summer.
Of the work, the composer states:
“The year 2014 is the anniversary of several important events in American history:
- 200th anniversary of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner in 1814
- 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in 1914
- 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the 1944 Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France which marked the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe
“It is in remembrance of these events that this composition was written. The primary theme is original, employing alternating measures in 4/4 and 3/4 time. Interwoven throughout are the opening motives of America the Beautiful and The Star-Spangled Banner.”
O’er the Land of the Free was commissioned by and is dedicated to the International Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu. The composer granted the first performance of this work to the band chosen by Phi Beta Mu for the premiere. A premiere has not occurred to date.
This new work is part of a multi-year commissioning project through which Phi Beta Mu intends to contribute to the band repertoire for all grade levels as the fraternity works to build better bands.
2013 75th Anniversary Commission Project
Phi Beta Mu International spearheaded a consortium of member chapters across the country to commission a work in honor of the 75th anniversary of Phi Beta Mu.
Composer Mark Camphouse was chosen and the piece, entitled Homage to the Dream, was premiered at the annual clinic/convention of the Texas Bandmasters Convention held in San Antonio, TX on July 21, 2013.
In addition to hundreds of band directors, in the audience were over 1,600 high school students, a scheduled activity as part of the TBA Student Leadership Day.
The work also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech of August 28, 1963, I Have a Dream.
The work was beautifully performed by the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony with the composer conducting. Dr. Nicholas Williams [Alpha Chapter] is the conductor of the group and graciously agreed to have his group premiere the work.
Texas’ Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu [founding chapter] also celebrated its 75th anniversary and was pleased to be a contributor/host to the commission’s premiere.
Mark Camphouse’s appearance at TBA was sponsored by Phi Beta Mu International [Paul Worosello, President; Sheryl Bowhay, Immediate Past President], and Texas Bandmaster Association [Fred Velez, President; Mike Brashear, Executive Secretary].
The 75th anniversary commission, Homage to the Dream, is being self-published by Mark Camphouse. Anyone interested in performing this work may contact Mark Camphouse at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information go to markcamphouse.com.
Contributing chapters to the commissioning project were:
Project chairs for the commissioning project were:
- Keith Bearden [Alpha Chapter]
Professor Emeritus, Texas Tech University; International Vice President, Phi Beta Mu
- Elva Kate Lance [Delta Chapter]
Director of Bands at Mississippi State University; International Board, Phi Beta Mu