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A Brief History of STORMWORKS® 

Music by © Stephen Melillo IGNA 2-3 Millennium


"The Impossible Dream" from MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972)

music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion


To dream the impossible dream

To fight the unbeatable foe

To bear with unbearable sorrow

To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong

To love pure and chaste from afar

To try when your arms are too weary

To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest

To follow that star

No matter how hopeless

No matter how far

To fight for the right

Without question or pause

To be willing to march into Hell

For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true 

To this glorious quest

That my heart will lie peaceful and calm

When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this

That one man, scorned and covered with scars

Still strove with his last ounce of courage

To reach the unreachable star

Please be sure to read the score notes from LAST WORLD STANDING, a part of the Chapter 13 Digital Libretti for a nicely condensed History and Philosophy of the STORMWORKS Music-making.



Dear Conductor, Musician, Music Student, Friend...

STORMWORKS is an interrelated system of compositions and teaching tools by Stephen Melillo.

 The STORMWORKS Story, itself, is the stuff of Romance and Adventure, the bigger-than-life, yet real-to-life story of an out-of-the-loop David.
It is a story about Love and a Passion for Music and Music Education.



In 1990, I was teaching, if you can imagine the ironic coincidence... (henceforth known as a SYNC) "The Internet" at NYU. This course for New York City School Teachers was offered in conjunction with the implementation of the MIDI-Music-Science-Math Curriculum: Ways of Knowing. 

(You can check that out under Teaching Tools later.)



In 1990, after having already spent 11 years seeking publication, I set out to validate my instincts about what directors wanted and needed. After all, I myself was in the trenches. (I still have letters from publishers telling me "no-one would play this piece" now played by over 5000 conductors around the world.)


In 1992-1993, I began an experiment in the American Dream. STORMWORKS was born. 

I sent one piece to one band. That piece is mentioned above.

 By means of pre-internet word-of-mouth and with only 4 ads placed in 7 years, STORMWORKS, evolving from handwritten Music to PDF when Adobe invented it, has now enjoyed thousands of worldwide renderings! STORMWORKS Music is rendered by the world's finest ensembles, and by professional and educational musical groups that are led by thousands of international conductors who were, and who still are in search of Music motivated by something other than a "market."


Since 1992, STORMWORKS has brought Music and Teaching strategies DIRECTLY to Conductors, Music Educators, and STORMAficionados, without the need for 3rd party intervention; an innovation that foreshadowed today's rapidly changing technologies. Utilizing the most recent technological systems available, it was and remains a model for the pioneering spirit, which is also the essence of all STORMWORKS Music and Teaching Tools.



In 1992, "Rise of the Robots" played at NAMM, changed forever the nature of "game-scoring." That is yet another, though quite connected story for the 2057 STORMNovel™


In 1994, an unofficial website was launched by an individual inspired by a concert of STORMWORKS Music. He called the site STORMWorld, a most prophetic choice. 

The most important thing about STORMWORKS, the reason for its success and the reason it continues to thrive in a swiftly changing world resides in simple things:


You can HEAR the Music. You can SEE the music. We can talk. (I mean literally.. not just in social media.) We can face the adventure of Music-making together. I'm here for you - to work with you and support you as you strive to create the Musical world of the Future.


STORMWORKS is represented worldwide and has enjoyed much success in Japan, Germany, Italia, Europe, China, Taiwan, Singapore and many other countries and yet, it is only just beginning! Its ground-breaking use of Orchestration in support of Music and Music Education is still in the stages of discovery and imitation.


For these reasons, and much more, this Music is here for us to unveil and explore together. It is baked fresh daily. Always in print, (full orchestrations can be yours in minutes!) and always being created, it pushes the boundaries of our expectations for Musical Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™.


And if you've gotten this far... see what other people have to say.

 Godspeed! Steve


"With over 30 hours of internationally championed commissions, Stephen's groundbreaking Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™ offers inspiring new choices from beginners to pros. Melillo is one of the truly few creative, pioneering composers of Music for our ensembles. Over the past 22 years, his Music and methods have been regularly imitated, his many tangible influences on the publishing world significant, and all while working 'outside' the system. As a modern, musical David, he has not defeated any Goliath, but Goliath is singing a different tune! And these Musical journeys are enhanced by effective Teaching Tools with Stephen's direct support." Jochen Lorenz, Musikschulleiter, Dirigent, Diplom Musiklehrer



"Melillo is to wind music what Beethoven was to the symphony orchestra... Superlative musical craftsmanship and inspiring to hear." Marvin Sosna, Music Critic.


"Since we met Stephen Melillo 11 years ago my orchestra and me are inspired by his emotional music touching the hearts. We played some of his great pieces in our concerts and felt the power of his music occupying us and our audience. You cannot play Steve's music without being involved with heart and soul - Music from Stephen Melillo is like an earthquake and a prayer in equal time." Karl Geroldinger, Conductor

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