Programme notes from the composer, Arthur J Michaels:
“Procession of the Regal Scepter,” (Grade II level), captures the regal splendor and majestic grandeur of processions, inaugurations, coronations and other stately ceremonies past and present, here and abroad.
The piece begins with dignified legato phrases. A middle section features the brass instruments in a more punched, staccato style, followed by the woodwinds’ antiphonal response. The piece then restates both the legato phrases of the beginning and the antiphonal staccato portions, and the piece ends in a stirring finish.
“Procession of the Regal Scepter” is within reach of less experienced bands yet suitable for more experienced groups. Ample doubling and cues let bands with limited or uneven perform the piece successfully. The piece’s plentiful cuing allows for great performance flexibility. For this reason, “Procession of the Regal Scepter” works well in any concert program.