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Not Afraid to Dream

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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

The title of this work is properly written with a leading ellipsis: ...Not Afraid to Dream

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $11.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes, large outdoor


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Both tragic and inspirational, this work takes you on an emotional roller coaster. In memory of a high school senior, the piece receives its title from the eulogy delivered by his band director. The opening uses a variety of chimes to create a very subdued setting. After a beautiful and grieving opening, the piece moves into a celebration of life. Unforgettable and powerful, the theme continues to develop and transform until the undeniable spirit of youth comes back in triumph.

- Program Note by publisher

Commissioned by the John Marshal High School Bands and Band Boosters, Rochester, Minnesota; Christopher W. Jarvis, Director, in memory of Kevin Langlie, class of 2005.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Maryland: IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: III
  • Tennessee: III
  • West Virginia: III


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  • Balmages, B. (2006). ... Not Afraid to Dream [score]. FJH Music Company: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Brian Balmages website Accessed 15 September 2020