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David R. Gillingham and Be Thou My Vision (Slane) for band


David R. Gillingham (born 1947) is an American contemporary composer. Born in 1947, he attended the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh for his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Michigan State University for his PhD in Music Composition/Music Theory.  Many of his works have been written for concert band, and Dr. Gillingham has an international reputation for the works he has written for band and percussion. Many of these works are now considered standards in the repertoire. His commissioning schedule dates well into the first decade of the 21st century. His numerous awards include the 1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham Young University) for Heroes, Lost and Fallen. Dr. Gillingham’s works have been recorded by Klavier, Sony and Summit, and Centaur. His works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, The University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, Florida State Wind Ensemble, University of Florida (Miami) Wind Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Illinois State Wind Symphony, University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble. Also, nationally known artists, Fred Mills (Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) have performed works by Dr. Gillingham.

Over sixty of Gillingham’s works for band, choir, percussion, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments are published by C. Alan, Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Music for Percussion, Carl Fischer, MMB, T.U.B.A, I.T.A., and Dorn. Dr. Gillingham currently serves as a Professor of Music in theory and composition at Central Michigan University and is the recipient of and Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991), a Research Professorship (1995), and the recently, the President’s Research Investment Fund grant for his co-authorship of a proposal to establish an International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University. He is a member of ASCAP and has been receiving the ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music since 1996.   One of his most famous works for concert band, Be Thou My Vision based upon the old Irish hymn melody “Slane,” was published in 1999.

The following work by David Gillingham is contained in my collection:

Be Thou My Vision (Slane) for band.



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