With optional Chorus, the piece begins with a haunting retelling of Glory, Glory Hallelujah. It moves quickly to a dramatic impact, then moves into America the Beautiful. The piece builds and ends dramatically. So many arrangements of these pieces have been done. I wanted to do one that would offer another take on America... the Brave!
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This piece is from the STORMWORKS Chapter 1 CD.
"Yesterday, while awaiting our area honor band audition startup, I was getting some paperwork done and listening to my StormPod. (What a wonderful tool that is!)
At one point in my teaching career, I considered the Carmen Dragon setting of "America the Beautiful" and Luigi Zaninelli's "Star-Spangled Banner" to be the benchmarks of patriotic music for band.
The bar has been raised with your treatments of some of our nation's cherished music. Only someone with a passion for this country could express what you have in "America the Brave", "Star", "God Bless America" and others, most especially, That We Might Live.
I don't think I've ever told you before how much I appreciate hearing, no,
" Steve, Wanted to let you know that the Lowcountry Community Band presented a Veteran's Day program in South Carolina last evening. On the program for the second time was America the Brave. Our first rendering was in May (11 weeks after the band was formed) and was received with passion, tears and wondrous applause.