TAHOMA for concert band (2019)
Recording of Alec Wilmart conducting the combined Kellogg and Einstein Middle School Wind Ensembles
Score and parts are available for purchase on Big Cartel
About the music
The great white mountain that towers over western Washington has been known by many different names. To refer to the mountain as Tahoma, or another indigenous language name, is to recognize that this mountain was woven into the fabric of other people's culture and had other names before it was called "Mount Rainier." Using the name Tahoma recognizes that we occupy land that belonged to the Puyallup, the Muckleshoot, the Duwamish, the Tulalip.
Recognizing the truth in these statements is acknowledging indigenous peoples and their enduring stewardship of the land; that we are still their guests and they are still our hosts. Tahoma is meant to honor the great white mountain and those who were first inspired by it.
Tahoma was premiered by Alec Wilmart and the combined Kellogg Middle School and Einstein Middle School Wind Ensembles on April 18, 2019 at Kellogg Middle School. Tahoma was made possible by a grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation.
You can read about my residency in Shoreline, WA for the premiere of this piece on my blog!
Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2
Percussion 1 – Glockenspiel
Percussion 2 – Vibraphone
Percussion 3 – Orchestral chimes
Percussion 4 – Bass drum