search site
email newsletter
new compositions

Coming Home
(euphonium/percussion quintet)
An Extraordinary Correspondence
Gate City Shapshot
(concert band)
The Dreamers of Dreams
(percussion ensemble)
Sensus Vitae
(symphonic band)
(euphonium & marimba/vibraphone)
Spitfire II
(euphonium & percussion octet)
Star of Wonder
(holiday percussion ensemble) 


January 25, 2014
Guest Artist at the Indiana Music Educators Conference (Ft. Wayne, IN)

March 18, 2014
Faculty Percussion Recital at HPU (High Point, NC)

April 5, 2014
Guest Artist at South Carolina Day of Percussion (Columbia, SC)

April 12, 2014
Guest Artist at South Dakota Day of Percussion (Columbia, SC)


composition pages

composition / concert band / appalachian air

appalachian air

Medium: Concert Band
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: September 2006
Duration: 3:30
Difficulty: Grade II


Flute 1/2
Oboe (opt.)
Bassoon (opt.)
Bb Clarinet 1/2
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F 1/2
Bb Trumpet 1/2
Baritone B.C.
(Baritone T.C.)

Percussion 1 (snare drum, bass drum, triangle)
Percussion 2 (suspended cymbal, tam-tam, tambourine, woodblock)
Mallet Percussion (bells, xylophone) - optional

look inside

Appalachian Air Score


Appalachian Air for Concert Band by Nathan Daughtrey
Download full mp3 recording

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble
Jack Stamp, director


Appalachian Air is based on the classic folk tune, The Poor Wayfaring Stranger. With roots from an old irish melody, this song was passed on by word of mouth throughout the Appalachian Mountains for many years. The message carried by the song is a powerful one - although life may be full of woe and sorrow now, there is hope for salvation and a much brighter tomorrow.

j.w. pepper blurb

"From the warmth of the opening chords you begin to sense the breadth of this impressive piece. Based on The Poor Wayfaring Stranger, the first half is poignant and touching followed by a surprisingly exuberant and uplifting second half. The fresh scoring and imaginative rhythmic interplay creates an exceptional artistic work."

J.W. Pepper, Editor's Choice (August 2005)