New Work for High School Wind Ensemble

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About The Project:

On behalf of myself and Greg Jenner (director of bands at Garner High School in Raleigh, NC), we are excited to annouce the opening of a consortium for a new work for high school wind ensemble. This opportunity will give contributing band programs the experience to work with a composer and participate in the creation of a new piece.

A recent recipient of an American Composers Orchestra EarShot Award, Robert Rankin (1994; Apex, NC) has been hailed as "[one of] the nation's brightest and most talented emerging composers" (Fort Wayne Philharmonic) and has been commissioned and performed by middle school, high school, and college wind ensembles across the United States; most recently Carnage Middle School (Raleigh, NC), Indiana University Concert Band, and SUNY-Fredonia Concert Band.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (     

Work Details:

Estimated Duration: 6-7 minutes
Grade Level: 4.5 - 5
Instrumentation: standard high school symphonic band
World Premiere: Garner High School Wind Ensemble, Spring 2019

Consortium Details:

Price to Join: $200
 - complete physical set of parts and score (delivered Spring 2019)  
 - exclusive performance rights for work until December of 2019
 - school/director name(s) printed in score
 - free skype session/rehearsal with Robert Rankin

discounted rate for appearances available upon request (email for more information).   

Consortium Members: 

Panther Creek High School; David Robertson & Rocky Ankeny, directors
Green Hope High School; Brian Myers, director
Enloe High School; Robert C. Hunter, director

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About Robert Rankin... 

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ROBERT RANKIN (b. 1994)  is a composer who grew up in Raleigh, NC and now lives in Indiana. His works are characterized by colorful orchestration, a neoclassical nod to the past, and a deep love of narrative storytelling through music. 

Robert has been commissioned and performed by various ensembles, music festivals, and solo artists including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Split The Lark, pianist Kevin Madison, and several high school and college wind ensembles across the country. He has received several awards and honors from organizations including Tribeca New Music and the American Composers Orchestra. Robert has attended the Atlantic Music Festival (2014) and the Brevard Music Center (2016, 17) where he worked with Robert Aldridge and David Dzubay both as composer and teaching assistant.

Upcoming performances in the 2018-19 season include the world premiere of Pickett’s Charge, a performance of Abu Ghraib at the 2018 National SCI Conference, and the premiere of a new piano concerto commissioned by Kevin Madison.

Robert holds a degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Composition from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music studying with Don Freund and Claude Baker.

Works are self-published by R. H. Rankin Music (BMI).
Selected wind ensemble works published by
Murphy Music Press

Recent Works by Robert Rankin

B'rit: for wind ensemble (written for UNCG University Band)
performers: SUNY - Fredonia Concert Band; Ray Stewart, conductor

Nijinsky Dances: for orchestra (written for the Brevard Music Center)
performers: Brevard Sinfonia; David Dzubay, conductor

Pickett's Charge: for symphonic band (written for the Indiana University Concert Band)