I am honored to have “American Visions” included among the titles that will be released next fall by the FJH Music Company. This piece for concert band was written for my father, David J. Weller. I am a fortunate son to have a father who was my first musical role model, a patriot of America, and a wonderful man. During my study of the Star-Spangled Banner (arr. Jack Stamp) last year with my ensembles, I was moved by the words to the fourth first that Dr. Stamp had listed in his program notes. It was at that moment that I truly realized the sacrifice he made for me by serving in the Vietnam War. Now retired, he is living out his love of being a full-time farmer, and he and my mother celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last October. The piece’s melodic inspiration comes from “My Country Tis’ of Thee”, and I feel it offers an exciting and uplifting experience for concert bands. I whole heartedly extend my thanks and appreciation to many friends and colleagues who have been huge supporters and have provided recordings, feedback, and suggestions. To Doc, Tad, Joe, Steve, Gary, Bob, Varden, Eric, Tim, Hendley, Jack, Will, Quincy, Andy, Brian, Patrick and Andy – many thanks to you for your support. A full recording can be found over at Myspace by the Washington Winds.
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