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Valor of the MNC-I (concert march)

2008 • Estimated timing: 3'00 • Grade 4
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Valor of the MNC-I is a concert march composed in tribute to the United States military men and women who have served and will serve in Baghdad, Iraq as a part of MNC-I (Multi-National Corps Iraq), OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom). The work is further dedicated to the composer's father COL Leo D. Tucker.

The composer writes, "In September of 2007, COL Leo D. Tucker II asked me to compose a concert march in tribute to the United States military men and women who have served and will serve in Baghdad, Iraq as a part of MNC-I, OIF.

A march that had to, most importantly, be music a concert band could perform during parade ceremonies and troop events in support of military activities. A composition that illustrated musically the cause and course, which had to be maintained, the compassion exuded by MNC-I providing aid and comfort to the people of Iraq, the necessary battle fought allowing the means for peace to follow, and the overwhelming effect freedom will have in the area (the final phrase of the march includes a quote from John Philip Sousa's "Hail to the Spirit of Liberty").

I would like to extend my gratitude and deepest thanks to the United States military men and women for their service and sacrifice to providing stability to those who need it, to make certain the safety of our own, to ensure the sanctity of our great country, and to further the cause of freedom. I am honored to know many of you and to call you my heroes."

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