Three Miniatures was composed in 2017 as a submission to the International Women’s Brass Conference Composition Competition. The first movement is an expressive, lyrical melody played over an ostinato line in the piano part. The slow second movement uses stopped horn and an extended range to convey the nostalgia of days gone by. The last movement has a quick, dance-like feel in 9/8 that has a lyrical, duple middle section that culminates in a rousing conclusion back in 9/8. Satisfying and fun to play, the three movements could easily be programmed as stand-alone works or as a whole and are quite accessible for the motivated high school player, on up.
Tara Islas has recently retired as hornist and music arranger with The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.. Ms. Islas holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Horn Performance from Florida State University and a Master of Music Degree in Horn Performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her arrangements have been featured by The U.S. Air Force Band's Ceremonial brass, and her original award-winning fanfares, "Ascent to the Summit" and “Forging an Icon”, have been performed by the Dallas Winds and at the International Women's Brass Conference. Ms. Islas been commissioned to write for the Single Reed Summit as well as the Music by Women Festival.