Program Notes for Rise of the Firebird

Composer: Stephen Reineke
Arranger: Stephen Reineke

Composer Stephen Reineke earned degrees in trumpet performance and music composition, both with honors, from Miami University of Ohio.

After a stint in Los Angeles, where he continued his studies and won several awards for composition, he became the principal composer/arranger for the Cincinnati Pops, writing prolifically for both band and orchestra.

is composition Rise Of The Firebird was commissioned by the West Lakota High School Symphonic Band in West Chester, Ohio, whose mascot is the Firebird.

The Firebird, also known as the Phoenix, is a mythological creature able to consume itself by fire, only to rise from the ashes stronger and more powerful than before.

Ladies and Gentlemen, enjoy with us now Stephen Reineke’s marvelous and exciting work, The Rise Of The Firebird.