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Mr. Sunshine and His Eight Bandits is a short piece that uses my ensemble's horn section to accompany a drum solo throughout the arrangement. The composition is an example of one of my works than can only be featured with this large ensemble and features powerful bass line along with intricate ornamentations. The composition was inspired by the compositional style of Baltimore tenor saxophonist Gary Thomas and attempts to create different textures to support the solo of ensemble member Mike Kuhl on drums. Also adding to the composition's feel is the use of organ which represents a departure from the instrument textures I normally use in my work.