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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and a master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. His compositions have been performed worldwide at the state, national and international level. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. In 2012, Mr. Balmages received the prestigious Albert Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association. He is also a 2010 winner of the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Compositional Excellence, presented by the International Tuba-Euphonium Association.

As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys engagements with numerous all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras along with university and professional groups. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, National Association for Music Educators, American School Band Directors Association, CBDNA, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. He has also served as an adjunct professor of instrumental conducting and Acting Symphonic Band Director at Towson University in Maryland.

Currently, Mr. Balmages is the Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Lisa and their two sons.

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Music for Concert Band

Grade 0.5

Bringer of War The Broken Marionette
Conquest Creatures in the Attic
Curtain Up! Enchantment
Fanfare Heroica Jingle Bell Tones
Midnight Madness Midnight Mission
Midnight Sky Miramar Fanfare
The Nutcracker Rise of the Bladesmith
Starsplitter Fanfare Wings to the Mind
Grade 1

African Journey Arctic Wars
(Rise of the Penguin Army)
Chesapeake Serenade Colliding Visions
Courtly Dance and Procession Concerto for Two Hands
Curtain Up! Dragonfly
Fanfare and Fireworks Fanfare on a Theme of Imagination
Five Progressive Chorales
for Developing Bands
A Festive Fanfare
A Festive Finale Gettysburg
Legend Majestica
Olympia Radiance
Rite of Passage Rocky Mountain Romp
A Scottish Festival Smithsonian Suite
Spirit of the Stallion Thrill Ride
Through the Mist Tomorrow's Yesterdays
Winged Victory
Elementary Supplemental Set A
Grade 1.5

Comet Ride Concert Time Beginning
Band Book 1
Curtain Up! Etowah
Forever... Haunted Clocks
Incantation and Ritual Kilauea
Parade of the Jesters Proclamation
Scenes from an Ocean Voyage Shadows Unleashed
Stampede The Tears of Arizona
Thunderbolt Fanfare Whispering Winds
Grade 2

3, 2, 1... Apparitions
Blue Ridge Impressions Blue Ridge Reel
Boom and Bust Camptown Variations
Chant and Savage Dance Eagles Among Us
Electricity Escape from the Deep
Falcon Fanfare Heart of Gold
A House Divided Hypnotic Fireflies
Images of Ireland Instant Christmas Spirit
Into the Arctic Jungle Dance
Kitsune: The Fox Spirits Legacy
Lullaby to the Moon Marche Diabolique
Moscow, 1941 Phasing Thunder
Rain Rippling Watercolors
Rhythms and Riffs Shenandoah Triptych
A Solitary Wish Sparks
Starscapes Sun Cycles
Synthesis Through Courageous Eyes
Twittering Machine Whale Warriors
Winged Victory
Intermediate Supplemental Set B
Grade 3

American Big Top Among the Clouds
Breaking Through Call of the Wild
Endless Rainbows Gateways
Journal for a Soldier Kindred Spirits
Legend of the Drop Bear Nevermore
...Not Afraid to Dream O Mio Babbino Caro
Open Space Primal Dances
Proudly We Hail Renaissance Reimagined
Reverberations The Spirit of Aloha
Spontaneous Beings Summer Resounding!
That Which Binds Us Temple of the Murals
To Dance Among the Stars Waves
When Spirits Soar Within the Castle Walls
Grade 4

Always United, Forever Strong Arabian Dances
Beyond the Summit Breaking Point
Centennium Elements
* Escapades Flight of the Griffin
Grace Gravity Wave
Groove Music Homage to Bharat
Industrial Loops Infinite Hope
In Nature's Glory Joy in All Things
Joy of Life Loudoun Praises
Miles of Blue Motion
* Pele Pikes Peak
Pixelated World Pride of the Clipper
Shrine of the Fallen Still
Sound Prisms Summer Dances
Star Above, Shine Brightly The Star-Spangled Banner
Swirling Prisms Three Celtic Dances
Winged Victory Winter Dances
Grade 5

The Awakening Backstage Pass
Evocatio Fiesta de los Toros
Flight Fusion
Ichabod Fanfare Invictus
Metal Metamorphic Dances
Midnight on Main Street Of Emperors and Chariots
Raging Machines Shadow Waltzes
Silence Overwhelmed Summit City
Symphonic Episodes A View of the World
Grade 6

* Apollo
(for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble)

Music for String Orchestra

10 Intonation Studies and Chorales  


Grade 1

A Beethoven Lullaby Burst!
(For Solo Violin and String Orchestra)

A Celtic Christmas Fantasy

Courtly Dance and Procession Fanfare and Fireworks
Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song Five Before Beethoven
Hey Fiddle Fiddle! Into the Sky!
Little Critters Morning Lights
Never Let Up Pepperoni Pizza Rock
Prelude and Fugue

Scarborough Fair

Tribal Dance Velocity
Where the River Shannon Flows  

Grade 2

Afterburn Afterthoughts
Creatures Danza Latina
for Solo Viola or Violin and String Orchestra
Deliberate Diversions
for solo violin and string orchestra
Eat My (Rosin) Dust
Fire in the Bow Forever Joyful!
Galop! Hunting the Wild Beast
Intrada Lullaby to the Moon
March of the Shadows Medieval Wars
Perpetual Fiddle Motion Rise of the Olympians
A Riverside Celebration Rhythmic Snapshots of Christmas
Spartacus Sweet Petite Winter Suite
Variations on an Irish Tune Wood Splitter Fanfare
(You Are) Amazing  

Grade 3

Greater Than…
(for intermediate or multi-level string orchestra)
Ice Sculptures
It Takes One to Tango
(for Solo Cello or Euphonium and Orchestra)
Legend of the Phantom Pirates 
Possibilities... A Solitary Wish
Strings Cut Loose Struggle in the Shadows
Suite Versailles To Tame the Raging Rapids
Voices in the Shadows  

Grade 4

30,000 and Forever Dreaming
Irish Junkyard Jam Oliverian Fantasy
Phantom Tangos Point Lookout
Rhythm Dances Urban Concerto Grosso

Grade 5

Lyric Metal

A Moment for Peace


Grade 6

The Fire Within  



Music for Full Orchestra


Adaptable / Flex Music

Grade 0.5

The Abandoned Funhouse
3-Part Fully Adaptable String Ensemble


Grade 1

Colliding Visions
3-Part Fully Adaptable with Percussion


Grade 2

Moscow, 1941
4-Part Fully Adaptable with Percussion


Grade 3

Arith-Metric No. 1
For Any Combination of Instruments
Arith-Metric No. 1 For Strings
For Any Combination of String Instruments
Concert Band
Blue Ridge Reel
4-Part Fully Adaptable with Percussion
String Orchestra
Blue Ridge Reel
4-Part Fully Adaptable with Percussion

Grade 4

Arabian Dances  



Music for Solo / Ensemble

Grade 2

Sensational Solos!
Popular Christmas

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