Destined to Fly

From Wind Repertory Project
William Owens

William Owens

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
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
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bar Chimes
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This moving work pays tribute to a cherished young man tragically taken away. Tranquil and flowing, the music paints a vivid picture of a free spirit who dared to dream big and explore the unknown. For ensembles aspiring to musical maturity, this is a serious piece of expressive and emotional content.

- Program Note from publisher

Music very often expresses feelings and arouses emotions that words simply cannot. And while not even music can fill the void for the loss of a loved one, I am hopeful that this gesture will nevertheless offer some small measure of comfort.

In speaking with Freeport Intermediate School band director Randy Laran, I was deeply moved by the emotion and genuine fondness with which he spoke of his student Juan Borja who tragically passed away. As we discussed plans for a tribute piece, Mr. Laran shared with me Juan's accomplishments in school and his many aspirations for the future. I immediately began formulating a title and eventually arrived at Destined to Fly, inspired by this young man's courage to explore the unknown and always dream big. Meanwhile (and most serendipitously) the Freeport band students coined the saying "Fly high Juan" in honor of their departed friend, which served as theme for the 2017 FIS spring band concert.

In nature, music is very expressive. The mood changes constantly from the forlorn to the heartening, ending softly and peacefully.

Subsequently, in a most heartbreaking turn of events, the piece took on a deeper meaning when Mr. Laran himself met his untimely end in July 2017. Lovingly dedicated to the families of Juan Borja, Randy Laran and the Freeport (TX) Intermediate School Band, this composition comes with profound condolences and a heavy heart.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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