1. Americans Lost

From the recording Americans Lost

2001 • Estimated timing: 9:30 • Grade 3+
The composer writes, "In the fall of 2000, a commission was set into motion for the DeSoto West Junior High School Band under the direction of Terry Maxwell and Kimberly Kriston. At the time, I was hurt by the unnecessary loss of life our nation witnessed, as well as moved by the courage and perseverance of the Americans who endured the loss. Tragedies have consumed the television and radio waves, bringing its audience stories of death by disease, war, terror, and violence. It is unfortunate to see lives pass away at a time when they are full of potential and achievement. This became the subject for "Americans Lost."
I first started sketching the first movement, my main inspiration was the emotion I had felt in reaction to school violence, e.g. the tragic events at Columbine High School in 1999. I, as well as the whole nation, was shocked to see and hear the devastation in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. In the following days and weeks, Americans from across the nation joined together in New York City, at the site of the remains of the World Trade Center, to search for survivors. No one gave up hope. It was an amazing and proud moment: Americans joined by a strong and unwavering bond, chanting USA and singing "God Bless America" and "America, the Beautiful." Such an emotional experience, I dedicate "Americans Lost" to the victims' families of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. America is a true testament of courage and love."
I. Fallen RemembrancesII. Tragedies III. ...ashes to ashes IV. Healing of the Heart
Winner of the 2001 Biennial College Band Directors National Association Young Band Composition Competition