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The Johan de Meij Commission Work Project
ABC's "At Kitty O'Shea's"

Project Benefits

In 2008 while in Amsterdam, we had a dinner meeting with composer, Johan de Meij, to commission a new work for band based on Irish melodies from a personal archive dating back over 20 years.

Johan agreed to compose "At Kitty O'Shea's" in honor of the famous Midwest Clinic meeting place at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

In order to pay expenses for the project, it was decided that schools would find it much easier to support the $200 consortium fee if several complete works were presented at the time of payment.

It was thus decided to provide score and parts for a beautiful setting of "Prayer" from Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" plus a superb concert march by Glenn Matthews, entitled "Citation March." In addition the special setting of the famed "Revecy Venir du Printans" by Claude LeJeune as set for band by Max McKee and renamed "Springtime Madrigal" rounds out the 3 work set. "Springtime" is designed as a unique way to bring the entire band in a player at a time until the stage is filled and composition ends.


Project Participation

Those who support this project will not only receive the 3 complete works (via online download) but will be acknowledged on the sponsorship page of the full conductor's score at the time of publication. Sponsors will also receive a signed full set on June 26, 2010 following the premiered at the 22nd annual American Band College with the composer conducting.

Cost of sponsorship is $200 through Mar. 15, 2010, at which point the cost will be $250 per sponsorship.

LiSTEN to download compositions:
   Springtime Madrigal
   Citation Concert March
   Prayer (Hansel & Gretel)*
       * Orch sample recording only

To sign up go today to:
de Meij Commission Project

Composer Johan de Meij conducting the world premiere
of "Henry V" at the American Band College
June 26, 2006
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