The Music of Charles L. Booker Jr.
Welcome to the official website of Charles L. Booker, Jr. Here you can find and order all of the compositions written by Charles L. Booker, Jr. CDs and scores are all available. Listen to and view samples! Read news and reviews. Follow Charles on Twitter and find him on Facebook. This site is a great resource for band directors, students, and fellow composers. If you'd like to read a few musings written by Charles, simply click on his portrait at the bottom of the sidebar to the left. Thank you for stopping by CharlesBooker.com!
Now available through Booker Music Publications, Charles Booker offers new instrumental compositions for school bands and orchestras, university instrumental ensembles, community and professional bands, and orchestras. Listen to the music of Charles Booker and select music that fits your ensemble's musical needs.
News & Reviews
Dr. Kevin Sanders – Tuba Soloist
FALL 2012 International Tuba Euphonium Journal
Concertino for Tuba and Wind Band by Charles L. Booker, Jr. Booker Music Publications. Fort Smith, AR 72901. email@example.com. www.charlesbooker.com. 2007. Score and Parts: $120, Score: $20, piano reduction and solo: $35, Tuba Solo: $10.
Charles L. Booker, Jr. has written a charming new solo for the tuba repertoire entitled Concertino for Tuba and Wind Band. With beautiful soaring melodies and exciting accompaniment, this petite concertino is entertaining and fun to perform.
Booker is Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Arkansas—Fort Smith. Mr. Booker has a tremendous resume in the field of composition and conducting and has worked with numerous prestigious ensembles including the United States “Pershing’s Own” Army Band, the United States Army Field Band, and the United States Military Academy Band (West Point). Continue reading
Looking Homeward Citizen Soldier (Grade 2) was composed in the fall of 2009 to honor the men and women from the Arkansas National Guard who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The piece was commissioned by the Bethel Middle School Band of Bryant, Arkansas, Greg and Sotonya Gordey, directors. The piece was premiered by the Bethel Middle School Band on May 11, 2010 with the composer conducting. “Look Homeward Citizen Soldier” will be available for purchase in July 2012.
On May 6, 2012 “Undaunted Courage” was premiered by the Greene County Tech H.S. Band under the direction on Director Danny Davis. The piece was commissioned by the Greene County Tech Band, Band Boosters and Alumni in honor of Director Danny Davis and his 25 years as Director of Bands at GCT and in celebration of the new Performing Arts Center. The piece is 5 minutes and 11 seconds, a grade 3 overture. It begins with a short simple motive played by trumpets and then in diminution by the flutes, oboe and alto saxes. Permutations of this motive are heard throughout the piece. Continue reading
Review in Band World Magazine, January 2012 by Ira Novoselsky:
“Radiant Blues is a departure from the past recordings of Booker’s music in that solos for alto saxophone, tuba, and piano with band are included. While space limits me from mentioning the details of all five soloists, bands & conductors I assure the listener this is a first rate recording and does not utilize any “ensemble du jour”. Radiant Blues is a three movement concerto (Radiant Blues, Lament and Farewell) for alto saxophone & wind ensemble (also written with orchestral accompaniment). Elements of blues, bebop & classical stylings abound. Concertino for Tuba & Band is a one movement escapade that brings out the best from soloist and ensemble. Capriccio & Interlude for Piano & Wind Ensemble (or orchestra) is a rarity; a piano & band work of moderate length compared to the duration of a typical piano concerto. The remaining two works are Brilliant Legacy: Suite for Band and Switchback, a pair of compositions written with skillful scoring and interesting sounds appealing to performers and audiences. A fine collection of music from a composer who knows what bands want to play and what audiences want to hear.”