work was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music.
work has been "visually scored" in a process called STORMWORKS™
VisaREEL™, and further develops Music and Picture
concepts first developed in LAST
DVD version of LAST WORLD STANDING is coming soon.)
You can now order the DVD, visually-scored version of THAT
WE MIGHT LIVE, an historic document rendered by some of
the world's finest ensembles, and treated with visuals from the
National Archives, Chinese Central Television and various rare sources
from around the world. This work demonstrates just what a high
school band is capable of in the 3rd Millennium. Whether
or not you actually render the work, owning this resource serves
as an historic addition to the repertoire of possibility.
the DVD online under STORMWORKS® VisaREEL™
REACTIONS to & PHOTOGRAPHS from
The Premiere of THAT WE MIGHT LIVE
3-4 April 2004
News Articles by © Lisa Ridgely in PDF
TRIBUTE SUCCESSFULLY PUT TO MUSIC
Hotltzclaw 22 May 2005 Daily Press Article
Michael Hotltzclaw 11 Sep 2005 Daily Press Article
anyone put to music–make something good–of such deeply
suffered events so memorably cruel, so personally humiliating, so
heart-breaking to survivors and the families of those sacrificed?
“It can’t be done,”
repeatedly said author Dorothy Aldrich, survivor Jack Aldrich and
others who felt the pathos or personally endured the then-seemingly-unending
event. “It’s impossible,”
they said, when he told them what he intended to do. And for the
first time, that weekend in April 2004, they came, they saw and
they learned that Melillo could do and successfully did do the impossible."
From the Jan Girand Article, Roswell Daily Record.
Sir: I want to thank you for the most moving experience of my life.
I was in the front row directly behind you on Sunday. My husband
and I had brought Harold Hise, a Bataan survivor. You were there
with the men as you conducted. You were experiencing their pain
and you allowed us to experience it also. Harold said several things
on the way home. He said, 'We don't have to be ashamed any
more because we were forced to surrender.' I think that
the forced surrender devastated many of the men. Your music has
finally allowed them to put it behind them." Sharron
was without doubt the most moving musical presentation I have ever
listened to. First of all I want to thank you so much for your talent,
time, and unlimited energy. I could not believe how much you put
into the performance. I was getting tired and I was sitting down.
I was in a leather jacket sitting next to Mr. Harold C. Hise, one
of the survivors. He and Mr. Aldrich attended the Sunday concert.
My wife and I drove him to the concert and on the way home he made
several comments. He said, 'I don't know how you can make
something so beautiful out of such misery.' Then he said,
'I am so proud of those young people.' You had him come
up to the front of the audience and let him speak to the orchestra
and chorus. He would have never never done something like that alone.
Thank You. Thank You." Terry Darby
returned from an incredible weekend in Roswell, New Mexico. Stephen's
musical documentary to honor the men of Bataan was unbelievably
moving. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. The survivors, as well
as the rest of us, were taken back in time on a musical journey
to the beginning of World War II ....Pearl Harbor... A call to arms...
Bataan... surrender and triumph for freedom! As my mother said,
this hour-long tribute 'should be played in every city in
America.'"... Ceci Marturano
WE MIGHT LIVE sounds absolutely amazing. Once again I see your dedication
extending beyond just music in an individual form to an expanse
that incorporates all of humanity and the values we share. Your
music is truly universal, and your passion inexhaustible. I am in
constant awe." J.G. Davidson, Composer on The Young
& The Restless
you for the fantastic, inspiring piece. I am still excited and thinking
about the experiences from last weekend. My favorite part of the
day was when Jack Aldrich was explaining that the man on the cover
of the score was his best man in his wedding, and that he couldn't
be at the premiere because he was having surgery. Jack said, 'I
finally have something he doesn't have: memories from today's very
special program. I will keep them with me forever.' Amazing."
Carey Nadeau from Continental Harmony
Also: See Jack's
Blake & Cameron in Action, passing Excalibur!
Aldrich, Spence's new Great Grandfather signs the Score!
National Anthem played direct to HEROES...
Steve, Tom & John Fuss
Aldrich, Author and Gramma Nicky!
C. Hines, Bataan Survivor... and a truly Great, Great Grandfather!
& Jack Aldrich at the podium right before STAR!
newest and Greatest Gifts... The Insignia of the Regiment.
Thank you so much, Jack for this and for becoming my new Grandfather!
This is the Greatest Honour of my Life...
Interview with Lisa Ridgely... (His comments are printed below!)
Kiss and a Wish to a New Generation...
Rehearsal... Yes, I would have failed band conducting! Yeah!
Bless America... and the man who sang it!
Voice of America Microphone (Prop) for "In the Stars"
Piece of the World Trade Center was in THAT WE MIGHT LIVE
And always will be...
Keating, Director of the Official STORMChorus!
So ordained and established: IGNA 3-4 April 2004