Attack of the Giant Leeches

Attack of the Giant Leeches (2012)

  • for concert band

With a name like that - how can you go wrong?!

When I began writing this piece for the UW-Superior Symphonic Band back in 2012, the first idea I came up with was this repeating bass line in 5/4. The constantly rising and falling melodic contours and syncopated rhythms of this bass line made me think of various water-themed science fiction/horror films of the 1950s and 60s. The structure of this work follows a basic formula used by many of these B-pictures: there are some quick frights at the beginning to grab your attention; soon you’re following either some explorers or adventurous young adults as they venture into a dangerous situation; there is inevitably some sort of love scene or love triangle; and then the film ends with dramatic climax as the heroes and heroines battle the bug-eyed monsters! This piece has it all - adventure, romance, and giant leeches!

  • Premiered by the University of Wisconsin-Superior Symphonic Band April 25th, 2013.

Attack of the Giant Leeches is available as digital downloads (PDFs) and/or physical sheet music (see options below).

Preview Score PDF

Cover of the score; illustration by Ian Deterling (inspired by posters for the original film).

Cover of the score; illustration by Ian Deterling (inspired by posters for the original film).