Skyline (Stamp)

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Program Notes

I knew the name 'Fred Nyline' long before I met the man. As a high school band director in the late '70s and early '80s, I coveted my recording of the band music of John Zdechlik by Fred and his Luther College Band. Later, I met Fred at a CBDNA National Conference. However, it wasn’t until I had the marvelous opportunity to serve as interim director of bands at Luther College during the fall of 2018 as a sabbatical replacement that I got to know Fred and his incredible legacy with the Luther Band program.

Upon hearing of his sudden passing in November, I knew that I had to write a piece. I first thought of a title, Heaven Could Not Wait, but it sounded too much like the movie title. Then I thought of including portions of Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just a favorite of Fred’s, and performed on every Luther Concert Band concert. But, Frank Ticheli had already done that in his tribute symphony to Jim Croft.

Then I came up with the title, Skyline (pronounced “sky-leen”) which is a play on Fred’s last name and the actual word “skyline.” The definition of “skyline” is where heaven and earth meet. And “Skyleen” is the place where Fred exists now. The multiple flute solos represent his dear partner, Katherine Borst Jones.

It is my hope that performances of this work will evoke fond memories of a great teacher and wonderful person and generous donations to the Fred Nyline Distinguished Award in Music Fund at Luther College.

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  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Dorian All Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 2 July 2023
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Joshua Reynolds, conductor) - 23 February 2023

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