In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Peninsula Symphonic Band (PSB) is commissioning a new work for concert band from nationally renowned composer Randall Standridge.
“We have been contemplating commissioning a new work for more than a year and a half, “said Music Director Jason Palmer. “Our 30th anniversary celebration should have taken place in 2020 but all of our plans were delayed by the pandemic.”
Those in the Sturgeon Bay community may recognize the composer, Randall Standridge, because he was commissioned several years ago to compose “Vanishing Point” for the Sturgeon Bay High School Band.
Mr. Standridge received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Arkansas State University. During this time, he studied composition with Dr. Tom O’Connor, before returning to Arkansas State University to earn his Master’s in Music Composition, studying with Dr. Tom O’Connor and Dr. Tim Crist. In 2001, he began his tenure as Director of Bands at Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Arkansas. He left this post in 2013 to pursue a career as a full-time composer and marching arts designer.
Standridge is currently published by Grand Mesa Music, Alfred Music, FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Music, Band Works Publications, Twin Towers Music, and Northeastern Music Publications. His music is performed internationally and he has had numerous works selected to performed at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
In addition to his career as a composer, Mr. Standridge is the owner and editor for Randall Standridge Music, LLC and Grand Mesa Marching. He is in demand as a drill designer, music arranger, and colorguard designer for the marching arts.
“I strongly encourage music lovers to visit www.randallstandridge.com and listen to some of his music,” said Palmer. “He is an exceptionally talented composer and produces very exciting musical works.”
While PSB has memorial funds to cover about 70% of the cost of the commission, the ensemble still needs to raise about $2,000 to fully fund the project.
“I hope that there are some generous people in the community who will help to complete the funding for this project,” noted Palmer. “I encourage anyone interested in making a contribution to visit the band’s website at www.peninsulasymphonicband.org.”
PSB will give the World Premiere performance of the new work in the Fall of 2022.
The band is composed of more than 50 area musicians, including both professionals and amateurs. Music Director Jason Palmer is in his third year as director of the band and his wife, Jamie, serves as narrator for the concerts.
For more information on the Peninsula Symphonic Band, please visit the band’s website at www.peninsulasymphonicband.org.