Composed to celebrate coming together after the covid pandemic and premiered by The United States Army Band on August 29, 2021 in Manassas, Virginia with the composer conducting
As I write this, the covid pandemic is nearly a year old, and we are beginning to see signs that we may be able to return to normal life, perhaps as early as later this year.
Physical distancing and other mitigations have forced us all to creatively find new ways of making music, and that’s not a bad thing. Our repertoire is now much richer with music written for flexible instrumentation and ensembles of all shapes, sizes, and circumstances. But we all long for that moment when we can come together again in large groups to make and share music the way it’s intended. When it finally happens, it’ll be cause for great celebration. But I think it’ll be even more than that: an almost riotous explosion of relief and joy.
I wrote this piece for that occasion. If you have a few minutes, I’d be honored if you’d give it a listen and let me know what you think. And if you have the band for it (you’re gonna need a good one), I hope you might consider it when the time is right.