Selected as a finalist for the 2007 CBDNA Young Band Composition Contest and Honorable Mention recipient for the 2009 CBDNA Young Band Composition Contest, Children’s Folksong Suite received its official premiere January 25, 2008 at the Oregon Music Educators Association conference in Eugene, Oregon by the commissioning party – the Leslie Middle School band, under the direction of Dr. Danh Pham. The work has received multiple performances throughout the United States and has been featured repertoire for numerous honor bands, conventions and symposia, including the North Texas Conductors Collegium, Kansas – John Philip Sousa Honor Band, Augustana College Band Festival, University of Oklahoma’s Conducting and Teaching Workshop for Band Directors, Indiana University’s 63rd Annual Music Clinic, University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory’s Midwest Honor Band Festival & Symposium, University of Oklahoma’s Summer Honor Band, Association of Texas Small School Bands TMEA Honor Band, West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association All-West Symphonic Band repertoire, Oregon Music Educator’s Association All State Symphonic Band, Colorado Music Educators Association State Conference, and Western International Band Clinic Honor Band.
Children’s Folksong Suite can be found on multiple state recommended and/or required literature lists, including the Texas, Iowa, Oregon, Illinois, South Carolina, and Louisiana. Performances are usually graded on number of movements performed: any three (3) movements is grade 3, while performing all five (5) movements is grade 4. Please check with your state bandmaster’s organization for clarification.