The Navajo Mandala was commissioned by the United States Air Forces in Europe Band. It is a sonic depiction of a mandala that was created by Navajo Indians. The symmetric, labyrinth-like circular patterns of the mandala are paralleled in this interesting piece for combined woodwind and brass quintets and percussion.
Kerry Turner is one of the most recognized names in the world of brass playing. He has performed with the American Horn Quartet, the Virtuoso Horn Duo, and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other ensembles. He has performed and taught in Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, the United States and the Czech Republic. Turner has written works for horn in combination with virtually every genre of chamber music including commissions by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Japanese Horn Ensemble, and the Richmond, Virginia Chamber Music Society (with Thomas Jostlein), among others. He has been awarded top prizes at the International Horn Society Composition Contest as well as the IBLA Foundation.