A work aimed at college and professional wind bands, or mature high school groups. “Departures” is the last original piece I wrote while I was still a member of the US Air Force Band—so it commemorates my departure from the Band (and the military) after a 20-year career. I started out with the intent of making a few stylistic departures as well—trying out some musical tricks I don’t often use. What I found, the farther I got into writing the piece, was that old habits die hard. But I do love how the piece turned out, and I know you’ll enjoy the Air Force Band’s recording, conducted by Col. Larry Lang.