THE PRAYER OF ELIJAH
for solo euphonium, solo horn, or solo trombone and orchestra
Finalist, 2013 American Prize (for band version)
A surround-sound, programmatic work based on I Kings 18. 25 minutes.
2002 - 4662 - 3 perc (no timp) - pno - strings - several extra people twirling whistling tubes
"BLOWS THE AUDIENCE AWAY"
"I have conducted this work on several occasions and it always blows the audience away. All of Ayers' works are extremely well-crafted by a composer who really knows and respects the concert band."
— Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, former president, Indiana Bandmasters Association
Recording of 3rd movement
Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra
Windiana Concert Band
University of Rhode Island Symph. Wind Ensemble
Concordia Wind Orchestra
Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band
Heidelberg College Symphonic Band
Concordia University Chicago Wind Symphony
Virginia Intercollegiate Honors Band
University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble
This piece uses several extra "performers" surrounding the audience twirling whistling tubes. These performers can be guests such as local students, board members, or dignitaries.