Chris Cerreto has had his music performed by the James Madison University Wind Symphony, the Holland Youth Symphony, the Shenandoah Youth Symphony, and numerous other ensembles. His music has won awards in competitions such as the James Madison University’s New Music for Wind Ensemble Competition, The New Music For Young Musicians Composer Competition and the Holland Symphony Orchestra’s Young American Composer’s Competition. He has also arranged for numerous high school marching bands including the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes resulting in having his percussion arrangements performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Chris is a graduate of James Madison University majoring in Music Composition with a Minor in Music Industry. He has studied composition with Eric Guinivan, Jason Haney, John Hilliard and percussion with Casey Cangelosi, Bill Rice and Michael Overman.
LISTEN: Molotov for Wind Ensemble
The James Madison University Wind Ensemble
Through biting octatonicism, dense turbulent textures, and a driving polyrhythmic nature, the music embodies the chaotic, explosive traits of a Molotov Cocktail. The juxtaposition of stability and instability through meter is used to build tension up to a solid arrival towards the end, reminiscent of rock and roll.