by Patrick J. Burns (Grade 4, 3:12)
Let the Future Begin was commissioned by the Eastern Arizona College Band, Geoff De Spain, Director, in celebration of EAC’s 125th Anniversary Year. The story of EAC is a remarkable one of endurance and perseverance. Chartered in 1888, over two decades before Arizona became a state, this institution has experienced nine changes to its name and serious threats of closure on more than one occasion. Whatever the challenge, EAC has managed to not only survive, but also to thrive while fulfilling its mission of providing an outstanding educational experience to generations of residents in the Gila Valley. The school’s motto, “Let the future begin”, reflects the spirit of the college, and of this piece which honors its longevity.