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Beginner Band (2019)
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Demo recording (Concert recording pending: February 14, 2020)
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The idea for "Reach" came from thinking about elite
athletes who reach for new heights and new goals but
regularly fall short. With each failure, however, they do
not give up, instead reaching even higher and farther and
with more determination. They know that they must reach
within themselves to find the courage and strength to go
on when failure seems inevitable. In the music, each rise
in the melody is followed by a fall, and then a more
determined upward reach. Eventually, after the greatest
fall, the melody begins again, symbolizing the importance
of persistence in the face of long odds as the only way
of achieving excellence in everything we do.