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The Message on the Rock

By Robert Sheldon

Concert Band - Grade 2
Composed by Robert Sheldon. Concert Band; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles; SmartMusic. Young Symphonic. 4th of July; Patriotic; Summer. Part(s); Score. 258 pages. Alfred Music #00-22278. Published by Alfred Music (AP.22278).

Item Number: AP.22278


The musical inspiration for this piece came from the scenes and speeches on a rock emblazoned with battle scenes from our nation's history. The piece opens with a military-sounding march that leads to a solemn section over which a narrator reads the speeches seen on the rock while a muted trumpet plays "Taps" in the background. The initial march then returns, with fragments of numerous patriotic melodies juxtaposed with the original melody, coming to an exciting ending. (4:45) This title is available in SmartMusic.

About 2010 Midwest Clinic Performance Pieces

This title was performed at the 2010 Midwest Clinic, the largest band and choral educational conference in the United States. Over thirty performances are given each year by diverse ensembles of varying levels - elementary school, high school, college, military and more. Each performance title is carefully selected and represents the very best in educational sheet music. The Midwest Clinic aims to raise the standards of music education while supporting teachers and music educators.

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  • March 28, 2008 Moving Patriotic Song

    This song had many elements of American pride, and patriotism. Overall a great song choice with instrumental solos for all parts of the band.

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