Crypto-Atlas (2014)

For concert band

for Andrew Pease and the Arizona State Concert Band

Premiered by the Arizona State Concert Band, Andrew Pease, conductor, on April 22, 2014 at the ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ.

Program Notes

Across the United States mysterious beast are sighted every year.  From a Nessie-like creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and Lake Powell, AZ to a Giant Killer Octopus in Oklahoma and a Winged Alligator-Snake in Washington State, these beasts have enraptured our land and captured our imagination.  The question of “what lies beneath that body of water” haunts us and the unexplained phenomena that can only be attributed to the presence of such mythical creatures.

These wondrous beasts enhance our country’s rich history.  The answer the unanswerable and inspire awe in believers and skeptics alike.  They are America’s mythology, supernatural, and tall-tales all wrapped up into a legend that will live for years to come.

-Chris Lamb, February 2014



2 Flutes


2 Bb Clarinets


2 Alto Saxophones

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone


3 Trumpets in Bb

2 Horns in F

3 Trombones




Percussion 1 [low tom, suspended cymbal, hi-hat, chimes]

Percussion 2 [bass drum]

Percussion 3 [tam-tam, chimes, snare drum]

Percussion 4 [bells, chimes]

Percussion 5 [vibraphone, chimes]