A Light in the Wilderness

Composers:
  • Barnes, James
Detailed Instrumentation: Concert Band
Duration: 11
Description:

During the summer of 1992, the Shawnee Mission South High School Band went on a tour of Germany. During the tour, Megan Taylor, a 16 year old flutist in the band, was killed in a tragic bicycle accident. This composition was commissioned as a lasting memorial to Megan by Steve Adams, the band’s conductor, on behalf of the band, her many friends, and her loving family. This piece is meant to be an expression of consolation. But in the most pure sense, this is a work about faith, which serves as a single light that shines brightly from a vast wilderness.

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