The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet (SMBQ), with the support of the Jackson County Arts Council, commissioned internationally known musician, David Sampson, to compose a fanfare to be played by the SMBQ at the grand opening of the new Jackson County Public Library Complex set for June 11. The composition has just arrived and members of the Quintet look forward to performing the new piece titled “Smoky Mountain Fanfare.” They plan to frame and display the composition in the new library.
A resident of Morristown, N.J., Dr. Sampson, composer, educator, and master trumpet player, teaches trumpet students grades 6-12 in the Randolph School District where he is known to his students as “Doc.” He also is music director at the Brookside Community Church in Brookside, N.J. Sampson has received major grants from the NEA, Barlow Endowment, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Cary Trust, and the Dodge Foundation, among others. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music, and the Ecoles d'Art Americaines, where his teachers included Karel Husa, Henri Dutilleux and John Corigliano in composition; and Gerard Schwarz, Gilbert Johnson, Robert Nagel, and Raymond Mase in trumpet. He has served on the Board of the Composers Guild of New Jersey, the Bergen Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
A sampling of Sampson’s compositions includes: Hommage JFK commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra; Monument commissioned by the Barlow Foundation for the Akron and Memphis Symphony Orchestras; Turns for Cello and Orchestra commissioned by the Bergen Foundation and cellist Paul Tobias and premiered with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Triptych for trumpet and orchestra commissioned by the International Trumpet Guild and premiered by Raymond Mase at the Aspen Music Festival and with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Dectet commissioned by the Chicago Chamber Musicians; Strata commissioned by the NEA and the American Brass Quintet; and three orchestral works commissioned by the Colonial Symphony Orchestra. For further information about Mr. Sampson’s compositions, recordings, and performances visit www.davidsampsoncomposer.com
Dr. Sampson writes: “It has been so much fun to write ‘Smoky Mountain Fanfare’ for the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. I created the work after listening on the internet to many performances of shaped note music, bluegrass and mountain folk tunes. Understanding that the music was meant to be celebratory, I began the Fanfare with a tune that shows the influence of my explorations and then moves into what brass does best: ‘make a joyful noise’. Enjoy!”
For further information about the Quintet, visit their website at www.smbq.org.