Commissioned by the American Composers Forum for the BandQuest Series 2014.
Published by the American Composers Forum and Hal Leonard. Grade 2-3. 
LCRMEA Wind Ensemble - Conducted by Dr. Rob Taylor

how Do I Compose the Opening and Closing Soundscapes?

Don't panic! I've written a WHOLE article on how you can easily fit this into your rehearsal schedule

and keep it fresh each time! 


(you'll need the FREE teaching resources "Form" and "Texture" Stencil provided below...).

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Australian sky
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Photograph by Annie Rose Armour

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This piece was commissioned by the American Composers Forum for their BANDQUEST series.

For more information about this piece, including educational materials, score samples and a full recording, please visit the American Composers Forum website. 

Make a taiko drum!

'Letter from Sado' uses these drums and they sound fantastic!

All you need is a car tyre & packing tape.

The clip on the left is taken from a set of short tutorials that show you how to make a drum. The clip on the right is someone who has made one and is playing it. Too much fun!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Learn more about

Sado Island


Haiku poetry

teaching resources

What is a "colour wheel"



Instrumentation is divided into teams.

The make-up of each team in 'Letter from Sado' deliberately blends instrumental timbres and invites your budding young musicians to listen outside of their section.  


This will enhance intonation, balance and tone.