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What I Do Today

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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

The title of this work is properly written with ellipsis: What I Do Today...

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 4:24
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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 I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

"Who will be better because of what I do today?"

This was the mantra of award-winning music educator, filmmaker, composer, and author Craig Lindvahl. He impacted countless students over the course of his career, and his CEO program (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) continues to be used in schools throughout the country. He served on the Cross Foundation Board, was executive director of the Midland Institute of Entrepreneurship, and he also served a four-year term on the Illinois State Board of Education. It is no surprise that, in 2015, he was chosen as the Effingham County Citizen of the Year. My hope is that every conductor will share that quote with their ensembles -- "Who will be better because of what you do today?" In a world full of so much chaos and darkness, this quote sheds enormous light and reminds all of us about how powerful each and everyone one of us is to effect positive change positive change in the world around us.

Kevin Cranston, director of bands at Reading Junior High, was a colleague of Craig's when Kevin was teaching in Illinois. As Kevin states, "Brilliant musician, composer, teacher, person, mentor, and all-around amazing guy. You would have absolutely loved him." After listening to some of Craig's work and with the blessing of Kevin Cranston and Beth Lindvahl (Craig's wife), I based this piece on a melody Craig wrote for one of the earlier documentaries he scored for the Smithsonian Institution. The opening chorale quotes the original tune exactly, while using some slight variances in harmony and the addition of countermelodies.

As the music develops, a feeling of joy, momentum and unbridled energy becomes the focus of every musical line. Ultimately, the music erupts in a euphoria of sound, almost akin to a pop music concert. And just as quickly as this comes, the opening chorale returns once more, leaving everyone with a sense of contentment and peace.

Craig Lindvahl passed away in January 2020 at the age of 62 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. This piece, commissioned by Kevin Cranston and the Reading Junior High Wind Symphony, ensures yet one more way that Craig's legacy will live on.

- Program Note by composer


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