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Through Courageous Eyes

Brian Balmages
Grade: 2.5

This innovative work makes use of an optional piano part that is most likely playable by someone already in the band. It was written in honor of Matt Rhodes, a student at John T. Baker Middle (Damascus, MD), who passed away during a battle with spina bifida. It represents his kindness, courage, and determination despite his confinement to a wheelchair. An opening ethereal section and chorale moves into an exciting portrayal of life which concludes with a humorous ending that was very characteristic of Matt. A very musical new composition which teaches much more than notes. (5:00)

Audio Only:
Item No.
Full Set: B1155 65.00
Score Only: B1155S 8.00