- published by Southern Music
- winner of the 1996 National Band Association Grade III/IV Concert Band Composition Competition
Panther Fire (1996) was commissioned by Miriam Muniz-Schwab and the 1995-96 Pflugerville Middle School Panther Band, and in 1996 it received first prize in the National Band Association’s Grade III/IV Composition Competition. The outer sections of the work are driving and extremely energetic, while the middle section is more tranquil and features the woodwinds and the horns. The more lyrical theme, also based on the opening material, gradually grows into a broad and majestic presentation for the entire ensemble, which in turn leads to a dramatic restatement of the energetic opening.