ATSSB Region 16 is honored to be able to commission works of music to honor outstanding music educators and those who have made outstanding contributions to music education in West Texas.
2012 - Heroes Triumphant- by William Owens -
This piece is commissioned in honor of George Riddell. Mr. Riddell was a long time band director in Region 16. He served as band director at Levelland MS, Abernathy HS, Levelland HS and Whiteface HS. He is an active clinician and private lesson teacher. He currently resides in Levelland, TX. This piece was performed by the Class AA Middle School Band. Heroes Triumphant is currently on the UIL PML Grade 1 List.
2012 - A Song for Randy- by William Owens
This piece is being comissioned in memory of Randy Willis. It will be performed by the Class A Middle School Band.
2010 - Spirit of Liberty- by William Owens
Dedicated to Mr. Bill Woods
This piece was commissioned by ATSSB Region 16 in Honor of Bill Woods. It was commissioned for the A-AA High School Band. This piece was not premired all region weekend because it was canceled by a snow storm. It was premired by the Hardin Simons University Symphonic Band on April 27, 2010
2009 - El Llano Estacado- by Gabe Mussela
Dedicated to Mr. O. T. Ryan
This piece was commisioned by ATSSB Region 16 in honor of O. T. Ryan. Mr. Ryan was the long time band director of Plainview High School. He also served as the UIL Music Secertary for region 16. This piece was commissioned for the ATSSB Middle School Honor Band. The permier performance was performed by the A-AA High School Region Band on January 28, 2009.
2008 - Fairest Lord Jesus - by Fred Allen
Dedicated to Dr. Charles Trailer
This piece was Commisioned by ATSSB Region 16 in honor of Dr. Charles Trailer. This piece was performed by the ATSSB Region 16 Honor Band on January 26, 2008. Fairest Lord Jesus is currently on the UIL PML Grade 3 list.
2007 - Elan - by James Andrews
Dedicated to Ray and Mickey Jent
This piece was commisioned by ATSSB Region 16 in honor of Ray and Mickey Jent. Mr. and Mrs. Jent were the fonders of Jent's House of Music in Lubbock. They were long time supportes of music education in West Texas. This piece was performed by the Class AA Middle School Band on January 27, 2007
2006 - Off to the Hill Concert March - by Currie
Dedicated to Earl and LaVerne Ray
This Piece was commisioned by ATSSB Region 16 in honor of Earl and LaVerne Ray. Mr. and Mrs. Ray were owners of the Earl Ray Music Company. They were avid band supporters. They also sponsors on Texas Tech Band trips for many years. They always rode Bus 2. This piece was performed by A-AA High School All Region Band on January 28, 2006. It was conducted by Mr. Ray Lashaway.
2005 - Just a Closer Walk with Thee - by Fred Allen
Dedicated to Barbara Lovett
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