Grade 4–3 minutes
Composed for and premiered by the Rohrersville (MD) Band
I wrote this piece for the Rohrersville Band of Rohrersville, Maryland (my wife’s hometown). To my knowledge, this band is the second-oldest continuously active community band in the country, with the exception of the Allentown (PA) Band.
My piece is a rather traditional-sounding rag that presents three contrasting themes that all combine in counterpoint for the finale. Its inspiration was Irving Berlin’s wonderful song “Play a Simple Melody.”