by Brian P. Drake (Grade 4, 1:45)
Horizons (originally entitled Dedicatory Fanfare) was composed in a shorter form for brass ensemble to commemorate the opening of the Carroll County Media Center in Westminster, Maryland. The piece was lengthened at the request of Dr. Harlan Parker of the Peabody Conservatory of Music for a chamber performance given by brass and percussion musicians of the Peabody Wind Ensemble on March 2, 2005.
After its revision, the fanfare was renamed Horizons as it symbolizes new beginnings and promising futures.
In this revised form, Horizons has been reset for a full band of wind and percussion instruments, allowing for new colors, textures, and musical lines to come forth. Mr. Drake would like to dedicate this piece to the students with whom he interacts on a daily basis. He hopes that those young men and women have learned as much from him as he has learned from them. Surely all of their horizons hold promising futures.
Brian P. Drake