This piece was composed in 2015 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Metamora High School in Metamora, Illinois. It was commissioned by my friend and colleague Chris Render, the band director at Metamora. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Metamora High School many times over the last 15 years, as a judge at their marching band festival, as a clinician, soloist, so I knew how well the band played. Centennial Fanfare was purposefully written in a traditional style, along the lines of Vaughan Williams, to evoke a respectful mood for this wonderful occasion. Lots of brass and percussion complement the lovely melody in the woodwinds. Now that the 100th anniversary has passed, Mr. Render and the band perform this music at their graduation ceremony each year. If you are looking for an alternative (or a complimentary piece) to Pomp and Circumstance, this might be it! Grade 3.5
Notes by Thomas Bough
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