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Composed by David Shaffer. Concert Band. Gems of the Concert Band Series. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR357). Score and set of parts. Composed 2008. Duration 5 minutes, 57 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.012-3696-00).

Item Number: CL.012-3696-00

Soaring is a mode of flight in which height is gained slowly by using air that is moving upwards. Written for music educator's Randy Heuvelman's 30 years of service to the Woodland (Illinois) School District, Soaring paints a music portrait of dedication, compassion and intensity, all aspects of this educator's tenure. A slower middle section alternating between choirs of woodwinds and brass paints a serene portrait with lush harmonies and soaring countermelodies. The extensive percussion scoring utilizes timbres that add and complement the completed musical setting. Soaring is truly one of David's best works.

About Gems of the Concert Band

A series of transcriptions and other works in varying styles, representative of the programming of the Great American Classic Concert Band era of a century ago, as exemplified by John Phillip Sousa, Edwin Franko Goldman, Karl L. King, and Leonard B. Smith

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