Join the verglas consortium

for band, with vibraphone soloist

If you prefer to pay by check, via another method, or in installments, contact the composer.

How to Join

Contact Western Colorado University Director of Bands Dr. Brett Keating at for more information.


Consortium for Band with Vibraphone Soloist
Dr. Ben Justis, composer

Dr. Brett M. Keating, consortium organizer

The Western Colorado University Department of Music is excited to invite consortium participants to commission a new work from composer Ben Justis for concert band with vibraphone soloist. Programs of all sizes with an interest in expanding band repertoire with percussion soloist are encouraged to participate.

About the Piece

ver·glas    / verˈglä /    noun  –  A thin coating of ice or frozen rain on an exposed surface. Though beautiful, it can pose a hazard for those traversing an alpine environment.

About the Composer

Award-winning composer and percussionist Ben Justis’ music has been performed by ensembles such as the Portland Percussion Group, NewEar contemporary music ensemble, the United States Air Force Band, and many high school and collegiate programs. His writing style is a magnetic blend of neotonal harmonies, infectious grooves, and captivating melodies. Ben’s compositions are published by Tapspace, North Star, and Earthgrazer Studios. Visit to listen.

Recent works include Bluegrass Variations, a solo for marimba with band commissioned by Dr. Brett Keating for Western Colorado University, and Monarch March, a flex-difficulty piece commissioned by Mr. André Wilkins and Ms. Katie Ogelsby for the Salida School District bands.

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