Brian Balmages

Concert Band
String Orchestra
Full Orchestra
Solo / Ensemble


Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and a master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. His compositions have been performed worldwide at the state, national and international level. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. In 2012, Mr. Balmages received the prestigious Albert Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association. He is also a 2010 winner of the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Compositional Excellence, presented by the International Tuba-Euphonium Association.

As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys engagements with numerous all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras along with university and professional groups. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, National Association for Music Educators, American School Band Directors Association, CBDNA, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. He has also served as an adjunct professor of instrumental conducting and Acting Symphonic Band Director at Towson University in Maryland.

Currently, Mr. Balmages is the Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Lisa and their two sons.

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Music for Concert Band

Grade 0.5


Creatures in the Attic

Curtain Up!
Complete Concert
Starter Series Vol. 1
Fanfare Heroica Jingle Bell Tones

Midnight Madness

Midnight Mission

Midnight Sky

Miramar Fanfare

The Nutcracker

Rise of the Bladesmith

Starsplitter Fanfare


Grade 1

African Journey

Chesapeake Serenade

Colliding Visions

Courtly Dance and Procession

Curtain Up!
Complete Concert
Beginning Band Vol. 1
Fanfare and Fireworks Five Progressive Chorales
for Developing Bands

(A Civil War Portrait)




Rite of Passage

Rocky Mountain Romp

Smithsonian Suite

Through the Mist

Tomorrow's Yesterdays

Winged Victory
Elementary Supplemental Set A

Grade 1.5

Comet Ride

Concert Time Beginning
Band Book 1

Curtain Up!
Complete Concert
Developing Band, Vol. 1

Incantation and Ritual

(The Volcano's Fury)

Parade of the Jesters
(Concert March)


Scenes from an Ocean Voyage

Shadows Unleashed


Whispering Winds

Grade 2

Apparitions Blue Ridge Impressions
Blue Ridge Reel Camptown Variations

Chant and Savage Dance


Escape from the Deep

Falcon Fanfare

A House Divided Hypnotic Fireflies

Images of Ireland

Instant Christmas Spirit

Jungle Dance

Kitsune: The Fox Spirits

(Processional for Band)

Moscow, 1941


Rhythms and Riffs

Shenandoah Triptych



Sun Cycles

Through Courageous Eyes Whale Warriors

Winged Victory
Intermediate Supplemental Set B


Grade 3

Among the Clouds

Call of the Wild

Endless Rainbows    Journal for a Soldier

Kindred Spirits


...Not Afraid to Dream O Mio Babbino Caro

Proudly We Hail
(A Setting of Our National Anthem)


Summer Resounding!

Temple of the Murals


When Spirits Soar

Within the Castle Walls  

Grade 4

Always United,
Forever Strong
Arabian Dances

Beyond the Summit


* Escapades

Flight of the Griffin

Gravity Wave

Groove Music

In Nature's Glory Joy in All Things
Loudoun Praises Motion

* Pele


Sound Prisms

Summer Dances

Star Above, Shine Brightly

Three Celtic Dances

Winged Victory

Winter Dances

Grade 5

The Awakening



Ichabod Fanfare

Invictus Metal
Midnight on Main Street Of Emperors and Chariots

Raging Machines

Silence Overwhelmed

Summit City

Symphonic Episodes

A View of the World

Grade 6

* Apollo
(for Soprano Saxophone
and Wind Ensemble)

Music for String Orchestra

Grade 0.5

Two Winter Sketches

Grade 1

A Beethoven Lullaby Burst!
(For Solo Violin and
String Orchestra)

A Celtic Christmas Fantasy

Courtly Dance and Procession

Fanfare and Fireworks

Fantasy on a Japanese
Folk Song
Hey Fiddle Fiddle!

Into the Sky!

Morning Lights

Pepperoni Pizza Rock

Prelude and Fugue

Scarborough Fair Tribal Dance

Grade 2

Afterburn Afterthoughts   
Creatures Danza Latina
for Solo Viola or Violin
and String Orchestra


Hunting the Wild Beast

March of the Shadows

Medieval Wars
(Prelude, Tournament,
and Ceremony)

Rhythmic Snapshots of Christmas Spartacus

Variations on an Irish Tune

Wood Splitter Fanfare

Grade 3

Ice Sculptures

It Takes One to Tango
(for Solo Cello or Euphonium
and Orchestra)

Legend of the Phantom Pirates  Possibilities...
To Tame the Raging Rapids  

Grade 4

Dreaming Phantom Tangos

Point Lookout
(A Fantasy on Civil War Songs)


Grade 5

Lyric Metal



Music for Full Orchestra

Grade 1

Fanfare and Fireworks

Grade 4

Summer Dances

Grade 5

Fantasia on We Three


Music for Solo / Ensemble

Grade 2

Sensational Solos!
Popular Christmas

Grade 5


* Fanfare Canzonique

A Hero's Destiny


The Storm's Path

Symphony No. 1 for Brass

Grade 6

* Central Junction

* Published by Canzonique Music

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