About the piece...

No End Save Victory (2002)
for High School Marching Band – Grade 3

Commissioned for the Marching Tigers, Hutchinson High School, Steve Pasche, Director, by the City Parks Department, Hutchinson, Minnesota.

This piece was commissioned for the new Veterans Memorial Park of McLeod County, Hutchinson, Minn., to celebrate the contribution of area veterans for the May 2002 Memorial Day ceremonies. Written in collaboration with the High School Band Program, the City Parks Department and members of the VFW, American Legion, and McLeod County Historical Society, "No End Save Victory" incorporates elements of the community and its heritage. I was able to research local history and interview area veterans, using those conversations and oral histories as source inspiration for the composition. In addition to original themes, the work incorporates Lowell Mason's 1830 hymn-tune HEBRON – "Thus Far the Lord Hath Led Me On" – a hymn sung in 1855 by the Hutchinson Family Singers the night before they located the town site, and "Taps," providing a link with veterans of all generations.

Underwritten by the Community Partners Program of the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Mardag Foundation.