The Art of Balance is loosely inspired by a quote by artist Henri Matisse:
“What I dream of is an art of balance:
Of escaping life’s troubles and pain;
Of a soothing, calming influence on the mind.
Keeping your balance requires constant correction;
To maintain equilibrium, you have to keep moving.
What I dream of is an art of balance which provides freedom.”
This show opens itself up to numerous visual and storyboarding interpretations, including losing, finding, and maintaining physical and/or mental balance, meditation (the zen circle), yin and yang, and so much more!
Gymnopedie No. 1 - Erik Satie
Symphony for Brass and Percussion - Alfred Reed
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Fly to Paradise - Eric Whitacre
Orignal music by Alex Thode
Please Note: ALL WORKS MENTIONED ARE COPYRIGHTED BY VARIOUS COPYRIGHT OWNERS, AND WILL REQUIRE LICENSING PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF AN ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP.
Year Commissioned: 2018
Difficulty: Grade 4
2018 Bands of America Powder Springs Regional Finalist
Winds arranged by Alex Thode
Percussion and sound design arranged by John Herndon
Commissioned by the Milton High School Marching Band (GA) - Mr. Chris Shumick, Director
Winds & Full Percussion
Winds, Full Percussion & Sound Design