Fuse (2008) may be defined as “to blend two or more substances by melting”. In the spirit of this definition, this work consists of three main elements – a triumphant fanfare-type opening, an insistent sixteenth note motive and a lyrical melody – that are mixed together until they become virtually inseparable. Fuse may also be defined as “a cord of readily combustible material that is lighted at one end to carry a flame along its length to detonate an explosive at the other end”, which is an image that fits the work’s fast, driving, and highly intense nature.

Fuse was commissioned by CASE Arts Group Inc. and a consortium of the following ensembles:
Baylor University Symphonic Band – Barry Kraus, director
Bowling Green State University Concert Band – Carol Hayward, director
Cypress Springs High School Panther Band – Russell Holcombe, director
Elkins High School Band – Scott Estes, director
Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Wind Ensemble – Stephen Crawford, director
Kansas State University Concert Band – Anthony Pursell, director
Kutztown University Wind Ensemble – Jeremy Justeson, director
The Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter of Northwestern State University Bands – Kevin Richardson, director
Palm Desert High School Wind Ensemble – N. Guy Lake, director
Pearl City High School Symphonic Winds – Chadwick Kamei, director
Plano Senior High School Band – Jeremy Kondrat, director
South Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble – Mark Kraft, director
University of Houston Symphonic Winds – David Bertman, director

PURCHASE (Hal Leonard)