Roadtrip Sunrise is a musical journey from Phoenix to the San Francisco Bay Area. In the initial slow passage, a gentle light illuminates the barren landscape until the sun appears dramatically from behind the rock formations that rise from the desert floor. The fast passage that follows evokes the hectic energy of a California freeway. A rhythmically active climax then brings to mind the excitement of soaring down the steep and winding “Grapevine,” with the immense central valley below. The opening melody returns briefly to signal the setting of the sun, before a final statement of the “freeway” music takes the listener over the Altamont Pass into the Bay Area.
This piece was commissioned by Chavonta Edington and the Diablo Vista Middle School Symphonic Band in 2009. Jason Caslor gave a preview performance in Canada that summer, and Chavonta Edington conducted the U.S. premiere with her ensemble later that year. This performance is by the University of Victoria Don Wright Symphonic Winds and conductor Mike Keddy, from April of 2010. The work has had multiple performances in across North America since its completion.