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absolute zero, and focused brass tones that ran the gamut from the transparently beautiful to the spittingly irreverent.
                                                            David Nobe, Albuquerque Journal

NIU MIUSIC (Still Life with Castle and Lagoon) (1999)
One long movement for horn and piano based in part on the Northern Illinois University Alma Mater, composed by Wilbur A. Smith (1914-1999),
a former professor in the NIU School of Music (7:00)
Commissioned by Jerry Fialek for his daughter Debra
Published by Meadow Music
   
OOMPAH SUITE (2006)
Six movements for horn and tuba (12:00)
Commissioned by James Wilson and Jay Hunsberger
Published by ITEA Press                                                    
                                                                                 
PILGRIMAGE(1997)
Four continuous movements for trumpet and piano (with optional flugelhorn) (15:00)
Commissioned by Ramon Parcells, Detroit Symphony
Published by Meadow Music

QUINTET FOR TUBA AND STRINGS (1978)
Four movements for tuba and string quartet (25:00)
Commissioned by Harvey Phillips
Published by ITEA Press

It is all very effectively worked out, and tubists will be grateful to have another fine work at their disposal.
                                                                Peter G. Davis, New York Times

ROUNDS AND DANCES (1980)
Five movements for brass quintet
(two B-flat trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba) (18:00)
Commissioned by The International Brass Congress
Published by Galaxy-Highgate Music

Every quintet that is serious about its programming will eventually want to include this major work in its repertory.
                                           Keith Johnson, International Trumpet Guild Journal

The work seems to be characterized by a healthy eclecticism that permeates most of its parameters. On the surface, the thematic ideas suggest a playful, tongue-in-cheek quality . . . the piece exhibits a rich palette of sonorities.
                                            Donald Johns, American Library Association Notes
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