TAP winner David Avshalomov's "First to Serve" selected by West Point Band for VoxNovus 15 Minutes of Fame award
Date: August 11th, 2016
Sponsors picked 15 pieces (from 100 submissions). "First to Serve", a fanfare/march, is a recognition of our First Responders. (This is the composer's fifth piece selected for the VoxNovus series since 2014, and his second 9/11 memorial--the first, "Ground Zero, 2 am" for solo oboe was also selected for a 15-minutes set.)
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: A Celebration of Service will be premiered by the West Point Band at Trinity Church, 75 Broadway, New York City at 2:00 PM on September 11, 2016.
For the composers among us who like to write miniatures, this VoxNova series offers fun little challenges. You should check out their website and subscribe to the bulletins.
Avshalomov notes: "My short, high-energy fanfare-march is a salute to those who jump up and rush to help when disaster or misfortune strikes. The music is heroic, yet the harmonies in the middle section hint at danger as well. The ending is an exuberant burst of pride. Grade 5/6."
You can see score and hear a MIDI demo of this piece, and peruse the composer's full catalog, on his website at
The piece will be available to other bands after the Sept. 11 premiere.