Lewis Buckley, composer
Lewis Buckley, when he was Coast Guard Band Director, wrote both
The Yellow Rose of Texas Variations and Tribute to Doc for Coast
Guard Band soloists to perform on tours through their home towns.
Tribute to Doc (originally titled Bell-Flight) was written for
Jose Cordero for a mid-’80s western tour in his hometown, El Paso, TX.
Jose was the high-flying lead player in the Band’s jazz ensemble, and
Buckley wrote the piece with the famous Doc Severinsen in mind, because
that’s how Jose played.
Bell-Flight never caught on as a title, so Buckley later renamed it
after the man who inspired the music.
Buckley said, “I’m thrilled to have been asked to play both solos
on the same program.
It’s great to play Tribute to Doc with The Concord Band again,
and I’m especially pleased about Yellow Rose, which I’ve
never had the opportunity to play before.”