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100 Years' Celebration of Life

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J.M. Lee

J. M. Lee

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For this piece I wanted to encompass the celebratory aspect of the occasion, but it seemed wrong to only focus on the good over the past one hundred years, so the form is structured in two parts: the first being a slow, somber section that presents the theme in a burdensome manner, and the second -- contrasting that with a more upbeat feel -- turns the theme into a swung, lively melody. The first section is only a mere mention of negative emotions felt over the past century, as I know I couldn’t do justice to the myriad of events that have taken place.

After the first section, there is a bridge played by the percussion which brings us to the contrasting section, which is representative of the typical emotions felt at a celebration, as well as the sounds found in a more typical fanfare -- upbeat brass and percussion passing the theme from one group to the next, until they collectively push the music forwards to the final climax.

I was approached with the opportunity to write 100 Years’ Celebration of Life as a way to commemorate the 100th year of University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Bands, and as a string player my whole life, writing for an ensemble made up of only brass and percussion players was a daunting task. But after having completed this piece, I am very grateful for being pushed outside of my comfort zone -- it has taught me a lot about how to write for these two instrument families and I see the potential for how I can incorporate them into my music in the future.

- Program Note by composer


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • J.M. Lee, personal correspondence, November 2022
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony concert program 18 November 2022