This, along with a couple of song settings, is the earliest of my pieces that I am still interested in having performed (like many composers I have withdrawn most of my earlier efforts). It was written during my second year away from home at college, and is a musical depiction of several people I knew in high school.
Character Sketches was written for my friend, clarinetist John Wheeler, who I went to junior high and high school with, and with whom I made music many times in many different groups. Character Sketches was given its premiere by John Varineau at a concert of music by American composers at Michigan State University.
Originally I had put initials with the movements, and given brief verbal descriptions of the people involved, but I think at this point I will let the music speak for itself. Three of the pieces are fond reminiscences, and it won't be hard to figure out which one is not.