Alloy Horn Quartet Commission

As a composer, I am deeply honored by the invitation to create a piece to be performed at IHS 50 by this remarkable chamber group. Equally, I am humbled by the willingness of others to support my compositions over the last decade, and gratefully acknowledge the many schools, universities, and individuals who have funded a variety of large-scale compositions, including:

  • Suite Tuba: Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band
  • Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Band
  • Concerto for Horn and Wind Band
  • Arrangement of the Neruda Concerto in Eb for Trumpet and Band
  • Poorest of the Poor: Honoring Mother Teresa in Music and Song
  • Burn for Solo Alto Saxophone and Wind Band
  • 3 Mahler Songs for Trumpet

The four concerti were all published by Cimarron Music and were recorded by the Summit Record label on the CD “Concerto’s for Brass: The Music of Thomas Bough.” They are also available on iTunes.

As you might imagine, taking on a project of this size and scope requires a substantial amount of funding. The Alloy Quartet and I invite you to join the commissioning consortium to fund this project. The commission will cost $5,000 to complete.

Sponsor levels include:

  • Benefactor: $5,000
  • Sterling: $2,000
  • Full: $1,200
  • Patron: $600
  • Solo: $300

In return for your support, your name and/or the name of your school, organization, or company will be listed on the dedication page of the score. You will receive a copy of the score and a full set of parts. Currently, completion is scheduled for the early months of 2018. The score and parts will be professionally typeset using Finale notation software.

Current Sponsors include:

Alloy Quartet

Briefly, here is an overview of my credentials to create such a piece. Although my DMA from Arizona State University is in Tuba Performance, I have always made the bulk of my living as a conductor, composer and arranger. Although I am still active as a Yamaha Tuba Artist, my teaching load at Northern Illinois University is strictly as a conductor. I have taught Orchestration and Wind and Percussion Scoring at the college level for the last seventeen years. Prior to that, I taught high school band in the public schools of Mesa, Arizona for seven years. I have a number of pieces published by Alfred and Cimarron, plus dozens more recorded by various bands.

I would be pleased to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me through my contact form below. You can also read my full bio in the about section of this site.

If you would like to join the Commissioning Consortium, simply reach out using the contact form. For schools or other institutions, I am happy to work with your business office to create an invoice or purchase order and to provide the appropriate tax forms.

Many thanks,

Thomas Bough


Please specify whether you want more information about compositions and arrangements, a solo performance, or an appearance as a guest conductor or brass clinician.