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By Brian Balmages

Concert band - Level 1.5
Composed by Brian Balmages. Developing Band. FJH Developing Band. Score and set of parts. Duration 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1366).

Item Number: FJ.B1366

Heavily influenced by Native American sounds, Etowah pays homage to the great Cherokee and Creek nations that once thrived in modern day Georgia. The opening sounds echo the spirit of the ancient city of Etowah before the music builds, taking the listener back to when the city thrived. Including a large battery of percussion, innovative harmonies, and interesting textures not normally found in young band music, this is certain to be a huge favorite!
The Hightower (Etowah) Trail, located in Georgia, was used by Native Americans as a trading route for hundreds of years. In addition to marking a former boundary between Cherokee and Creek lands, it was one of three major footpaths used in the area. The name "Etowah" is believed to be an anglicized corruption of the Cherokee word "Itawa" or "Italwa," referring to the name of the trail and the large permanent settlements and towns by the same name. This work seems to pay homage to the great Cherokee and Creek nations that once thrived in this area. It takes the audience on a journey beneath the waters of Lake Allatoona to the location of Etowah. Ultimately, past meets present, signifying the present-day efforts to bring attention to this significant chapter in history and to acknowledge and preserve the important trails and history that remain to this day.

About FJH Developing Band

Slightly more advanced than beginning band. Clarinet 1 begins to play over the break. Rhythms and ranges are expanded to accommodate the end of first-year as well as second-year instruction. Grade 1.5

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    Sharon Wall
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  • 2010-01-31 00:00:00.0 Absolutely Fabulous!

    This piece is the perfect combination of everything! I highly recommend it for any band!

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