Star-Spangled Variations

The Star-Spangled Banner has been America’s love song for over 200 years, but does it still represent what America sounds like today? To find out, composer Michael Markowski chose to travel back in time, to dig up our roots, to explore a sound so quintessential that it’s impossible to disassociate it with American life: the fiddle. 

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Reckoning began as a musical underdog story: an unlikely hero’s determination to right certain wrongs that had been brought upon him or her in the past and that hero’s ambition to prove that they are “a force to be reckoned with.”

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“honestly just about every piece i played in middle school was garbage but this was the one exception”

alex g

The Cave You Fear for Wind Ensemble

“They’re making me reaudition on the mallet part for All State, R.I.P. hands.”


Dreamland for Wind Ensemble

“City Trees will probably be stuck in my head for the rest of eternity and I am perfectly okay with that.”

Rachel M.

City Trees for Wind Ensemble

“One of the only few songs where it’s OK for you to squeak on saxophone”

Jayson S.

The Cave You Fear for Wind Ensemble

“This song literally gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it”

no I refuse

Saturn Returns for Wind Ensemble

“This is the spiciest bass clarinet piece ever”


Tarantula for Bass Clarinet

“My friend played this piece as a flute and she said this piece was evil.”

Indigo Symphony

Joyride for Wind Ensemble

“I bought this for my band director and slapped it on his desk.”

Katie C.

City Trees for Wind Ensemble

“how the frick do i flutter tongue when i can’t roll my r’s”

alex g

The Cave You Fear for Wind Ensemble


Jonathan W.

Famishius Fantasticus for Wind Ensemble

“I loveeee this piece! No words can describe how much I enjoyed playing this my 8th grade year. I wish I could rewind time”

Leeah A.

Shine for Wind Ensemble

“This makes me feel like everything is okay”

Victoria K.

Saturn Returns for Wind Ensemble