SMOULDER for Wind Ensemble (2019)
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Burning stump in Division Q (west side of fire)_Sept. 14

for Wind Ensemble (2019)

Andrea Reinkemeyer (Sherwood, Oregon - October 4, 2019)
Commissioned by a consortium project led by Brant Stai of Sherwood High School.
(This work is under consortium exclusivity agreement through May 31, 2021)
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Commission Consortium Members:

Brant Stai (lead)

Sherwood High School (Oregon)

Matt Howe Cathedral City High School Symphony Band (California)
Lars Campbell

Clackamas Community College (Oregon)

Jennifer Muller

David Douglas High School (Oregon)

Dwayne Corbin

George Fox University (Oregon)

Nicholas Budge Gresham High School (Oregon)
Joan Paddock

Linfield College (Oregon)

Jason Nitsch

Memorial High School Band (Texas)

Jeremy Zander Mountainside High School (Oregon)
Adam Morrell

Union High School (Washington)

Danh Pham

Washington State University Bands (Washington)

Todd Zimbelman

West Salem High School (Oregon)

Ashley Alexander

Westview High School (Oregon)


Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 3 B-flat Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Bari. Sax / 3 B-flat Trumpets, 4 Horns in F, 3 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba / Timpani, 4 Percussion*, Piano

1. Glockenspiel
2. Xylophone, Large Tam-tam, Sizzle Cymbal
3. Vibraphone, Large Concert Bass Drum
4. 5 Temple Block, 4 Toms

Pacific Crest Trail sign on burned log, photo courtesy of Terry Hill


Performance Materials:

Available June 1, 2021!

Program Notes:

Smoulder  (2019) was commissioned by a consortium of conductors and ensembles led by Brant Stai of Sherwood High School, with: Matt Howe, Cathedral City High School Symphony Band; Lars Campbell, Clackamas Community College; Jennifer Muller, David Douglas High School; Dwayne Corbin, George Fox University; Nicholas Budge, Gresham High School; Joan Paddock, Linfield College; Jason Nitsch, Memorial High School Band; Jeremy Zander, Mountainside High School; Adam Morrell, Union High School; Danh Pham, Washington State University Bands; Todd Zimbelman, West Salem High School; Ashley Alexander, Westview High School. Smoulder was premiered by the Sherwood High School Wind Ensemble at the Oregon Music Educators Association Conference on January 17, 2020 in the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene, Oregon).

Due to the changing climate, devastating forest fires are increasingly common. Though the surface fire is doused, they can smoulder underground for up to a year and, given the right conditions, they can reignite. Climate change is the number one issue among America’s youth and there is a growing discontent with inaction on this front. With this in mind, the piece unfolds through a brooding arch form. I wrote this piece to honor the young performers who will deal with these complex issues for the rest of their lives.

- Andrea Reinkemeyer
(Notes may be used with proper attribution)

Shellrock Mountain Lindsey Creek area, Eagle Creek Fire on Sept 17, 2017 taken by Brian Tai.


Premiere Performance:

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 3:15 p.m. (free)
Oregon Music Educators Association Conference
Soreng Theatre, Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene, OR)
Sherwood High School Wind Ensemble
Brant Stai, conductor

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 5 p.m. (free) 
George Fox University
Sherwood High School Wind Ensemble
Brant Stai, conductor