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Migration for wind ensemble
Migration was a finalist in the Virginia Band Directiors' National Competition and has been played by numerous bands throughout the United States. Score and parts are avilable from the composer.
I composed Migration in 1981 while a graduate composition student at Michigan State University. As the title implies, the piece, to my ear, conveys a sense of traveling from something familiar to somewhere new. That new location might be geographical, or it could be a new emotional region we sometimes discover inside ourselves. And we get there through a mixture of struggle, anxiety anticipation and joy.
Listen to the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, directed by Stanley DeRusha, play Migration.
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