Commissioned By: The Wiley Middle School Percussion Ensemble for their 2016 P.A.S.I.C. Competition Showcase Concert, Emily Tannert, Director
Duration: ca. 6:00
Grade Level: Medium
On The Simpsons episode entitled “Homer to the Max,” Homer changes his name to Max Power and adopts a new, impulsive, go-getter attitude. Daniel Montoya Jr.’s piece Max Power imagines a world in which Power is a James Bond-type character immersed in intrigue, adventure, drama, and danger. As is a staple in Montoya’s Simpsons-inspired pieces, the iconic tritone melody from The Simpsons theme song is prevalent throughout the piece signaling that at the very core, Power is still Homer Simpson.
Episode AABF09 – “Homer to the Max”
Original Air Date: February 7, 1999
Marge: You changed your name without consulting me?
Homer: That’s the way Max Power is, Marge… decisive, uncompromising, and rude!
Homer: Kids, there’s three ways to do things. The right way, the wrong way, and the Max Power way!
Bart: Isn’t that the wrong way?
Homer: Yeah, but faster!
Homer (singing): Max Power… He’s the man, whose name you’d love to touch. But you mustn’t touch. His name sounds good in your ear. But when you say it you mustn’t fear. Cuz his name can be said by anyone!