Parallel Histories

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Eric Mandat

Eric Mandat

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Subtitle: An Excursion

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eric Mandat
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Two clarinet or bass clarinet soloists with band

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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Parallel Histories: An Excursion celebrates the lives and careers of two people from southern Illinois, MGySgt Jay Niepoetter from Centralia and MSgt Jihoon Chang from Granite City. They first met in the summer of 1983 as students at Southern Illinois University’s summer music camp, where Eric Mandat was their instructor. After going their separate ways for several years, the young clarinetists both ultimately won auditions with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and rekindled their friendship from their days in Illinois.

The piece came about when MGySgt Niepoetter asked Mandat if he would be willing to write a work for two clarinets to be performed by the Marine Band. The composer found it fitting to write a work that paid homage to their careers as they now both approach retirement from the Marine Corps. The work also explores parallel histories our country has experienced in its own development: triumph, struggles, and buoyant jubilation juxtaposed with somber personal struggle. The mixture of these experiences is one of life’s rich rewards, and this piece reflects on that gift. It optimistically proclaims the hope that comes from working and sharing together in community with one another.

- Program Note by U.S. Marine Band concert program, 1 July 2016


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State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, DC) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Jay Niepoetter and Jihoon Chang, clarinet) – 30 June 2016 – *Premiere Performance*

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