Hey Folks! So, for years I have been writing music for my own projects as well as Maynard Ferguson, various big bands, high schools and universities, publishing companies, spoken word projects, brass soloists, orchestras, and classical ensembles of all types (trumpet and trombone choirs as well as brass ensembles and various string configurations)
The time has now come for me to focus on these compositional endeavors and to solicit one-and-all for commissions. Now that I have settled down in Chicago-land and have finally graduated from Academia ("retirement") I have the time, resources, inspiration and wherewithal to make this happen, and I look forward to doing so!
Prices vary according to the ensemble, level and other factors. The turnaround time also varies with said. Every piece will include a dedication line at the top of the score and all of the parts of your own design. I would also be glad to have a Zoom hang (or in-person session when the world reopens) to plan and collaborate the piece and then to discuss rehearsal/performance aspects once it is done. Upon completion, you will receive PDF files of the work along with a Sibelius MIDI Demo video. More times than not, all of these commissions will then be published along with your dedication line. Such a deal!
I am also very interested in composing complete customized marching band shows. Now wouldn't THAT be a blast?! You can use the same contact below to get in touch with me for that as well.
Drop me an email by CLICKING THIS LINK and lets get something put together!
If you aren't familiar with my work and personal style (and even if you ARE) check out the video examples below...
Examples of Commissioned Works
by Steve Wiest
Besame Mucho. Maynard Ferguson. Nominated for
"Best Instrumental Arrangement" at the
50th Grammy Awards: 2007
The Denver Brass
Ice-Nine. Nominated for
"Best Instrumental Composition" at the
52nd Grammy Awards: 2009
The One O'Clock Lab Band
Soloists Sylvester Onyejiaka, tenor
Luke Brimhall, trombone
The Burglar of Babylon
Written For Caldecott Nominee and
Coretta Scott King Award Winner Anne Grifalconi.
Elizabeth Bishop poem narrator David Hoak
PErformed by the Daniel Pardo Ensemble
The Neither Zone
Written for Trombone Choir and Rock Ensemble
For the project: Concerto for Folded Space
Soloists: Jimmy Pankow and Steve Wiest, trombones, Noel Johnston, guitar
Living for The City
Commissioned by The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra
for their recording Overjoyed: The Music of Stevie Wonder
Soloist: Steve Wiest, trombone
The Showme Shuffle
Commissioned by Joel Griffin for Evangel University
Performed by The Lamont rchestra
Soloists: Elliott Clement, piano
Harry Forlenza-Bailey, trombone
A Grumble of Pugs
Written for Younger Bands
Entry Level Experience
Pay For It
Written for the All-Star Rock Band Vinyl Hampdin
Lisa Dodd Watts, vocalist
Soloist: Ray Herrmann, tenor
The Last Theme Song
Written for the One O'Clock Lab Band
Soloists: Collin Campbell, piano Scott Kruser, guitar.
Dan Foster, lead trumpet