Project Description

Wind Ensemble. (2003) 3′

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Illinois Music Educators Association: Honors Band & All-State Band (2011)

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Illinois Music Educators Association: Honors Band & All-State Band (2011)

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Illinois 2011 Honors Band & All-State Band, James M. Lambrecht and Donald W. Shupe, cond.

radiant (2009)

Ouachita Baptist University Wind Ensemble, Craig V. Hamilton, cond.
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WASBE 2007: City of Brampton Concert Band (2007)

WASBE 2007: City of Brampton Concert Band (2007)

City of Brampton Concert Band, Darryl Eaton, cond.
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Wind Band Masterworks, Vol. 5

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Wind Band Masterworks, Vol. 5

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Texas A&M University Wind Symphony, Timothy Rhea, cond.

Instrumentation
Picc Fl Ob BbCl-3 BCl Bsn ASx-2 TSx BSx | Hn Tpt-3 Tbn-3 Euph Tuba | Timp Perc-4



Program Note

Mother Earth was composed for the South Dearborn High School Band of Aurora, Indiana, Brian Silvey, conductor. The commission was for a three-minute fanfare piece. Each piece takes on a reason for being all its own, and Mother Earth is no exception. It became an urgent message from Our Mother to treat her more kindly! My reading at the time of writing this music was For a Future to be Possible by the Vietnamese monk and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. He believes that the only way forward is to be extremely alive and aware in our present moment, to become awake to the needs of our beloved planet, and to respond to it as a living entity. Music making allows us to come immediately awake. It is an instant connection to the powerful wellspring of our creativity, and opens our minds to the solution of any number of problems, including that of our damaged environment. My little piece does not solve the problem! But it is a living call to the wide-awake life, and it continues to be performed by young people around the world.

Program Note by David Maslanka