Concerto For Euphonium and Piano
Gemstones is a concerto I wrote for Euphonium player Jon Buchholz. This piece is based on three different gemstones- three different colors: Jade, Pearl, and Ruby.
The first movement, Jade, is an energy filled ride of technique and range.
The second movement, Pearl, explores the lyrical and expressive colors of the instrument.
The third movement, Ruby, is a thrill ride of anger, beauty and fun.
This is Gemstones
Behind The Player
Jon Buchholz is currently a Graduate student in Euphonium Performance at the University of West Georgia. Mr. Buchholz is an active clinician and performer in the area, teaching at over a dozen different high schools and middle schools and performing both as a soloist and lead musician in a number of ensembles. Mr. Buchholz's studio consistently produces GMEA district and all-state participants on a number of different brass instruments. Every summer, Jon works as a marching band instructor in both the brass and visual captions at high schools in Carroll County, Douglas County, and Gwinnett County.
Mr. Buchholz has been playing euphonium for the better part of a decade. In 2015 and 2017, he won the Concerto Competition at the University of West Georgia. In 2018, he was featured as a soloist with the UWG Wind Ensemble during their GMEA In-Service convention performance and most recently was featured on the Southeastern Premiere of Maslanka's tenth symphony. Additionally, he performed as a soloist with Bremen High School Wind Ensemble in fall of 2016. I was honored to have him be the conductor of the world premiere of Grosso Blue.