Shields of Nobility – J. Scott Irvine
SHIELDS OF NOBILITY are traditionally awarded to those knights who have performed acts of selflessness worthy of recognition and praise. Larry Shields distinguished himself by performing selflessly in the role of the founder and first music director of the Hannaford Youth Band and the Hannaford Junior Band, and continues to do so in his current positions as Head of Music at De La Salle College (Oaklands) and Music Director of the Weston Silver Band of Toronto. Shields of Nobility was composed for the Hannaford Junior Band in 2005. It was Scott’s intention to write a “beginner” brass band piece with limited brass and percussion, whose scoring may be expanded through the use of supplementary parts as the circumstances dictate.
The work is scored for seven separate voices of the traditional brass band, labelled [A] through [G]. As long as all seven letter-voices (and snare drum) are covered, the piece will work effectively. Percussion requirements are also very flexible and expandable as the need arises. One player performing on snare drum is the minimum requirement. The instruments in order of importance are: snare drum, cymbals, timpani, woodblock, tambourine, glockenspiel and bass drum.