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"...a captivating two-movement work that highlights the very best qualities of the brass quintet."

• March 2015 ITG Journal

Galleons and Cutlasses



Bridge Brass Quintet

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 

Auburn University Dean's Brass Quintet

Auburn, AL

"Boro" Brass Quintet

Georgia Southern University

All-Star Brass Quintet

Banff, Canada

D.C. Brass Collective

Washington D.C.

Oklahoma State Univ. Faculty Brass Quintet

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Valor Brass Quintet

Washington, D.C.

The Thistle Hill Brass Company

Fort Worth, Texas

CCM Chamber Brass

Cincinnati, Ohio

Bala Brass

Boston, Massachusetts

Metales M5 Mexican Brass

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Great Noise Ensemble

Washington, D.C.

Galleons and Cutlasses

for brass quintet (2013)

I have always been a huge fan of pirates.  Some of my favorite films are the old Errol Flynn swashbucklers Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk and the lesser known version of Treasure Island starring Charleton Heston and Christian Bale.  For a while now I have been waiting for a good opportunity to channel some of this pirate love into a composition and thanks to the generous support of the Galleons and Cutlasses Consortium*, I have finally been able to do so.  With 2 contrasting movements, Phantom Ship and Tempting Davy's Grip, this is my ode to pirates.  


Bb and C trumpet parts included


Duration: 8'00"


Galleons and Cutlasses I. Phantom Ship -

I. Phantom Ship

Print Edition (US only)

II. Tempting Davy's Grip

Galleons and Cutlasses II. Tempting Davy's Grip -
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The Navy Band Brass Quintet

MU1 Brandon Almagro, MUC Chris Sala- Trumpets

MU1 Jason Ayoub - Horn

MU1 Colin Wise - Trombone

MU1 James Hicks - Tuba

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