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2021 Low Brass Commissioning Consortium

Join lead-commissioner Dr. J.D. Handshoe in commissioning a new work for low brass + piano from composer Tyler Kline!


You are invited to join a consortium of low brass performers in commissioning Tyler Kline for a brand new work for low brass and piano. The work will be playable on all four primary low brass instruments: tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba.

This new work will be written in three movements and last from 12 to 15 minutes (each movement lasting approximately 4 to 6 minutes). This piece is intended to expand the standard recital low brass repertoire by offering new music that focuses on nuanced expression, texture, and gesture, rather than only technical facility. 

The versatility of the work will be explored through the use of a single solo line that takes advantage of the overlap in ranges between the four instruments. This solo line will then be augmented by optional lines that go into the upper or lower extremes of the four instruments, essentially allowing performers to “choose their own adventure” when performing the piece and offer music that is in registers most comfortable for them.

Consortium members will receive occasional updates during the composition process, and Tyler invites any feedback and commentary from consortium members as he composes the piece. Tyler will also work closely with Dr. J.D. Handshoe in developing ideas and working out passages in order to ensure that the work is both idiomatic and effective.

For questions or comments, please email the composer at You can also listen through and peruse work samples of Tyler’s previous low brass music at the bottom of this page.

Additional details about consortium benefits, and instructions to join, are below.

Watch Tyler and JD discuss this consortium.

Why Become a Commissioner?

In addition to simply taking part in the creation of a new piece of music for your instrument,
joining this consortium comes with several other exclusive benefits.

Performance Exclusivity

All consortium members will retain performance exclusivity for this work through
January 1, 2023.
No one else can purchase the sheet music, or perform the work, before then.


Your name will be listed as a commissioner in all versions of the score until the end of time.

Composition Updates

As a consortium member, you will receive regular updates throughout Tyler's composition process and have opportunities to offer feedback while the piece is being composed.

Low Brass
Back Catalog

When you join as a commissioner you will receive instant access to Tyler's complete back catalog of low brass scores (PDF)*

*Includes 17 scores (parts/performance materials available by request). Does not include Loam: Concerto for Tuba and Percussion Ensemble

Current Commissioners

J.D Handshoe, lead commissioner

Brett Copeland

Cody Williams (202nd Army Band)

Jett Walker (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)

MU2 Jonathan M. Payne, USN

Steven A.C. Slone

Dr. Louis Setzer (Northern Kentucky University)

Michael Martinez

Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey (University of North Carolina at Pembroke)

Dr. Kyle Remnant (Bridgewater College)

Justin Croushore (Some Assembly Required)

Anthony R. Green (Castle of our Skins)

Aidan Conerly

updated August 11, 2021

Join In

Consortium members may join at one of the following tiers:

Student/Amateur/Supporter: $40

(Defined as someone currently enrolled at an institution; someone who infrequently performs music;or someone who just generally wants to support the project).

Professional: $75

(Defined as someone who professionally makes a living with music.)

All commissioners will receive a digital copy of the score (PDF) as well as a bound hard copy of the score.

Payment is processed securely through PayPal.

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Once you join...

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DEADLINE TO JOIN EXTENDED: you can become a commissioner until the piece is completed.

Winter 2021 (around December 1): Digital delivery upon completion of the piece; hard copies shipped.

Consortium members will have performance exclusivity through July 1, 2023.

Sheet music becomes available to non-consortium members July 1 2023.

Work Samples

Explore Tyler's existing compositions for low brass, and other recent works for other instruments.