Palm Sunday consists of various short rhythmic motives that occur throughout the piece, often like characters in a novel or play. These motives are often presented in various orders, tempi, and mutations throughout the piece. The piece is comprised of three large sections, delineated by the use or lack snares, through which all motives occur freely – creating a through-composed single movement concert piece with the spirit of a short three movement work.
This work was commissioned by a consortium led by Eric Willie and the Tennessee Tech. University Percussion Studio in 2012. Consortium members included students and faculty from: the University of Kentucky, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, University of North Texas, Western Kentucky State University, University of Utah, Texas A&M University at Commerce, East Tennessee State University, Dickinson State University, California State University at Long Beach, State University of New York at Oneonta, and SSG Robert Moore – U.S. Army Band.