Tenor Trombone 1
Tenor Trombone 2
Bold and intense, Ulrich’s work will put any ensemble through trials of its own! Its fast pace and driving rhythm lead to a grand finale that is sure to excite any audience!
The piece was written in the C Dorian mode and is divided in three sections: fast,
slow, fast. The first section, written in a similar style to Holst’s First Suite in Eb
begins with a driving eighth-note accompaniment in the clarinets with an agile melody in the horns and alto saxophones. The second section is much slower, quieter, and more exposed. The music takes on a haunting character, which leads to an introspective chorale. After a tempo change, the first section returns, and the piece finishes with a triumphant coda. This composition follows no particular narrative. The music, however, is intended to inspire feelings of great courage in the face of danger. To reflect this, the title is a simple battle cry: “Drive On!”