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Farewell to Gray

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Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham

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General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts $300.00 (rental)   |   Score Only (print) - $55.00


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Program Notes

Donald Grantham's beautifully lyric Farewell to Gray, commissioned by the West Point Band, is a descriptive work based on a phrase from the traditional West Point song Army Blue: “We'll bid farewell to Kaydet gray and don the Army blue.” The title refers to that poignant moment in a cadet's life when he or she graduates, giving up the gray uniform in exchange for the dress blue of the regular Army -- a moment of profound, conflicting emotions. The West Point Band was actually rehearsing this work for its premiere when news reached them of the destruction of the Twin Towers. Hence, this work holds a special meaning for the band.

- Program Note from West Point Band CD liner notes

Commercial Discography


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  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tx.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Damon Talley, conductor) – 29 September 2019
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point, N.Y.) (Tod Addison, conductor) – 20 May 2018
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 8 October 2017
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 17 February 2016
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania bands (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 16 April 2013

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