Festive Dances (2000) is a grade 3-4 band piece, published by Carl Fischer. It’s my first published composition for wind band, a three-movement suite that pays homage to my composition and arranging teacher, Charles Carter, using his initials (CEC) as the motivic basis for the entire work. Charlie was a humble, funny man whom I’ve heard described quite aptly as a “genius teddy bear.” He composed many classics of the school-band repertoire, such as Overture for Winds, Queen City Suite, Rhapsodic Episode, Symphonic Overture and Capitol Hill March - all of which display Charlie’s remarkable gift for melodic invention and harmonic color, wrapped up in impeccable craftsmanship. If my piece does nothing more than show how much I admire those qualities, that will be enough. Charlie never got to hear “Festive Dances” - he died about a month before its premiere, and it is dedicated in part to his memory.