Eternal Vigilance

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Jager

Robert Jager

Subtitle: The Long Brave Line

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks Music Company through Hal Leonard Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Eb Contralto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Eternal Vigilance (The Long Brave Line) is the result of a collaborative commission by the United States Air Force Academy Band, Lt. Col Steven Grimo - director; the United States Coast Guard Band, Lt. Kenneth Megan - director; the United States Military Academy Band, Maj. Timothy Holtan - director; and the United States Naval Academy Band, LCDR Melvin Kessler, director.

The two-part title is, in fact, a concise description of the composition. The first part comes from a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson:

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

The second part is a variation on a West Point Motto: "The Long Gray Line"

It was the composer's intention to portray in music both the dedication of the men and women who have so valiantly served our country, and the youthful enthusiasm they display as they prepare to become leaders in their own right.

To that end, the composition begins with an introduction that pays homage to those who have gone before in the service of our country. This is followed by a solemn, noble theme that is like the voice of tradition from the past to present calling a new generation to service. The main body of the work is a series of march-like themes and idiomatic fragments, much in the tradition of collegiate activity. Throughout this section there a frequent melodic references to the various military organizations - one theme often playing off another. The music reaches a peak which leads into a full-band fanfare, and then a more developed restatement of the "noble" theme. A brief, but stirring "coda" brings the music to a climactic close.

- Program Note from Printed Score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 12 February 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jager, R. (2007). Eternal Vigilance: The Long Brave Line [score].E.B. Marks: [United States]