By Dennis Eveland | December 31, 2016 at 04:20 PM EST | No Comments
Since I started composing many years ago, I had always wished to have one of my selections added to the Texas PML. Every year, I would look at the new list, which is edited in July. I wouldn't seen any of my selections added. It was very frustrating to see that I could not get anything added. Finally, I stopped looking last year.
This year, there was a post on the Yellowboard regarding new additions to the PML. I really did not plan on seeing any of my selections there, so I was basically looking to find something new for my own band. Lo and behold, "Four Short Festive Dances" was listed. At first, I actually thought the listing was incorrect. So, without hesitation, I went to Texas UIL website and looked at the changes. After scrolling through the list, I did not see my work, so I thought it was wrong. I went ahead and put the title in the search bar, and there it was.
I was so excited that I first told my wife, Felisa. Then, I called the publisher, TRN, to tell them the news. They were totally unaware of this happening. So, I was the first to tell them.
"Four Short Festive Dances" was performed at the 2015 Midwest International Band and Orchestra convention in Chicago, Illinois. I hope that bands will perform this work. It can be played as either a grade 2 (play 3 movements) or grade 3 (play the entire work).
I learned that I need to be patient and keep writing. Thank you to William Owens for his support and encouragement. Happy New Year!!