Approaching 16 Psyche
Date: March 20, 2018
Genre/Medium: music – marching band
About the work: I wrote this marching band tune while thinking about the Psyche spacecraft coming up upon the asteroid. I tried to capture the excitement and beauty of the final moments before it enters orbit around the Psyche asteroid. I went pretty heavy on the brass and percussion during the main theme to really keep it driving forward. There are also a lot of little pointillistic elements, particularly with the woodwinds in the beginning, which I had imagined as stars sparkling in the background as the spacecraft travels. Parts were written for full marching band with the hope of it being recorded as well! I really enjoyed creating this piece—I hope you enjoy it, too!