Wispy Dragon in a Cotton-Candy Sky

For Concert Band

Performance Time: Approx. 4′ 30″

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You’re in the back seat of your parents’ car, driving home from a long day at a theme park. As the sun is setting, the sky is bathed in gorgeous orange and purple hues. Up in the sky is a single, long cirrus cloud, resembling a long dragon. As you start to daydream, it comes to life and goes on fantastic adventures, making an overwise dull car ride a part of the trip to remember.

Wispy Dragon in a Cotton-Candy Sky is an energetic and whimsical flight for concert band. Opening with a warm and lyrical solo from the Baritone, it gives way to a light and soaring dance. Along the way, exposed solo sections are contrasted with proud, brassy fanfares, coming together for an exciting and fast-paced piece that could easily open or close a concert program. Wispy Dragon was completed in September 2020 in Durham, North Carolina.



Flute 1

Flute 2



Bb Clarinet 1

Bb Clarinet 2

Bass Clarinet

Alto Sax 1

Alto Sax 2

Tenor Sax

Baritone Sax

Bb Trumpet 1

Bb Trumpet 2

Horn in F 1

Horn in F 2

Trombone 1

Trombone 2

Bass Trombone



Percussion – 7 Players

Timpani – 5 Drums



Percussion 1 (2 Players) – Finger Cymbals, Snare Drum, Bass Drum

Percussion 2 – Crash Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal, Wood Block

Percussion 3 – Triangle, Tambourine