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In Memory

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John Gibson

John Wesley Gibson

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Memory draws upon two powerful hymns, Eternal Father Strong to Save (the Navy Hymn) and Amazing Grace. It was commissioned by Larry Doran, band director of the Midlothian (Texas) High School Band, in response to the horrific deaths of Chris Kyle, internationally known for his heroics as a Navy Seal, and Chad Littlefield, his close friend, both residents of the city. While the circumstances of their deaths shocked the nation, the people of Midlothian who knew these fine men personally were devastated. In Memory is intended to help with the healing of this community, to help the strong people of Midlothian move from grief to peace by reminding them that, by the grace of God, all wounds will heal, even those that can never be forgotten.

In Memory recalls from Eternal Father, Strong to Save the repeated phrase “Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea,” the prayer of many in harm’s way, be it at sea, in the middle of a desert or in a close knit community wrestling with tragedy. And from Amazing Grace the line “I once was lost, but now I’m found,” gives comfort to all who face a future certainly shaped by loss, but also by grace.

- Program Note by the Midlothian High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 December 2014

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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