for band Commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi & Indiana University Bands, Bloomington, IN First Performance: October 1991, IU Wind Symphony, Ray Cramer, conductor This performance: Butler University Symphonic Wind Ensemble Michael Schelle, conductor November 1998 Although there is a brief reference to THE UNTOUCHABLES theme (1960's TV crime program) at the very end, the main 'contraband' element of the piece is the use (and abuse) of a few brief "Tristan und Isolde" fragments - in the keys of B minor, B Major and E major (terrible keys for band). The final blow happens @ c. 8:20 when the low brass players stand up, and vocalize the Tristan motive, while triumphantly holding their horns in the air ... ;)
Schelle, Michael, "CONTRABAND (1991)" (1991). Music Faculty Recordings. 45.