The composer has said " I'd like to think this would be the sort of music Derek Burgeious would have written if he worked in a factory". This work was a finalist in the 2015 European Brass Band Championships composer competition. Because of the time constraint imposed by the competition, it's a little shorter than modern test pieces, but will still be an ideal centrepiece for any concert, in addition to being a great choice for contests that require a 20-30 minute program including a major work.
This major work, appropriate to be a First Section test piece, is a tribute to one of New Zealand's iconic bandsmen, Riki McDonnell. For decades, Riki has been the epitome of shining through any and all circumstances. The euphonium duets are a nod to his recording partnership with Mike Kilroy, the flugel solos are a recognition that, before he was New Zealand's finest euphonium player, he was the country's best flugelhorn player. The gradual progression of the thematic material from minor to major reminds us that Riki can always make some positive out out of any situation.