Challenging solo for five timpani. Inspired by the recent events of 9/11in New York City, Orange Alert was conceived as a tour-de-force for an advanced timpanist. It moves between moments of quiet foreboding, to outbursts of controlled chaos. The centerpiece of the work is a fugue that appears at rehearsal letter [F]. Orange Alert is a solo movement from Homeland Security Suite for Percussion. ORANGE ALERT (High Risk of Terrorist Attack) is the most overtly programmatic of the set. Inspired specifically by the events of 9/11 it is structured around a series of explosive figures that not only represent the hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and field in Shanksville, PA, but the shattering of our innocence and sense of security. A highlight of the work isa fugue and a sense of impending chaos that reaches its climax at the e nd of the piece with the exhortation for the player to go crazyŒî.