Fanfare to 'The Hammer' was written as a gift to my friend and musical mentor Dr. Jack Stamp for all his advice and advocacy of my music over the years. It was premiered by Jack Stamp and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble on March 3, 2013 in Fisher Auditorium.
The piece celebrates the legacy of the great slugger Henry 'Hank' Aaron and his career and legacy. In 1974, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's long standing career home run record when on April 8th, 1974 he hit his 715th home run. In this bright fanfare I use the important numbers of 715, 44 (his jersey number) and the date April 8th, 1974 (or 4-8-1974). I use the numbers either as tempo markings, pitch sets or intervals. The piece ends with a home run as the Slapstick and Wood Block simulate the crack of the bat.