Suitable for Patriotic concerts. Narrated. Duration
approximately 10-1/2 minutes. See instrumentation.
For orchestra and band. See printable documents. See
performances. See reviews. Band version.
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About Gardens of Stone
of Stone" was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band of
Flight, Lieutenant Colonel Alan Sierichs, Commander.
The work is meant to pay tribute to the military men and women who
have sacrificed their lives for our country.
It includes words from President Reagan, General Eisenhower,
and President Lincoln. "Gardens
of Stone" is programmatic in nature.
The beginning of this composition is subtitled Sunrise at
Arlington Cemetery which is followed by a fast Allegro section
entitled Past Battles.
use of the melody from the Civil War song, "When Johnny Comes
Marching Home," is meant to reflect the hopes and prayers that all
soldiers will come home safely from battles.
Unfortunately, some do not.
Allegro section is followed with music meant to represent a 21 Gun
Salute and Taps. After
the Gettysburg Address there is a section entitled Parade of the Fallen
Heroes. This final section is a military parade that would allow a
color guard to march through the audience onto the stage for the ending of
the work if so desired.
work has been written for both band and orchestra.
The South Bend Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony
played "Gardens of Stone" during the summer of 2007.
||6 Bb Trumpets (5 & 6 Optional)
|2 Flutes (2nd Optional)
||4 Horns in F
|3 Bb Clarinets
|1 Bb Bass Clarinet
||1 String Bass (Optional)
|2 Eb Alto Saxophone
|1 Bb Tenor Saxophone
|1 Eb Baritone Saxophone
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Gardens of Stone was premiered in the summer of
by both the
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for its July 2-4 concerts and by the South
Bend Symphony on June 30.
the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra premieres, the piece was conducted by
Alfred Savia, who is the Music Director for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. He
was Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from
1990-1996 and has also
conducted at St. Louis, Detroit, Phoenix, Savannah, Alabama, Southwest
Florida (St. Myers), Columbus, Illinois, Memphis, Roanoke, Battle Creek,
San Antonio, Spokane, Duluth-Superior and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Orchestras, the Louisville Orchestra, Dayton, Rhode Island and Fresno
Philharmonic Orchestras. Internationally he has conducted the Korea
Philharmonic Orchestra, State of Mexico (Toluca) Symphony Orchestra,
Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in Florence, Radio & Television Serbia
(Belgrade) Symphony Orchestra, Denmark’s Aalborg Symphony Orchestra,
Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Ankara, Turkey, the Osnabruck Symphony
Orchestra in Germany and the Symphony Orchestra of Xalapa, Mexico.
He is a frequent conductor at the Indianapolis Symphony "Symphony on
the Prairie" series.
South Bend Symphony performance, Gardens of Stone was conducted by their Music Director,
Tsung Yeh. in addition to Music Director at South Bend, Tsung Yeh is
also Conductor Laureate of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Music Director of
the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Among his recent guest conducting
appearances have been the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco
Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, The
Minnesota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, China
National Symphony, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, as
well as numerous other orchestras in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Other performances by orchestras:
|Dallas (at Vail)
The band version of Gardens of Stone is owned by the United
States Air Force Band of Flight, the Langley Air Force Band, and the
United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, the US Army TRADOC Band, and
the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas..
The commissioning band is led by Lieutenant Colonel Alan
Sierichs, Commander of the Air Force Band of Flight in Dayton.
native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lieutenant Colonel Alan Sierichs became
the Commander of the United States Air Force Band of Flight in June 2000.
His previous commands include bands at Hanscom Air Force Base,
Massachusetts, Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Chanute Air Force Base,
Illinois. He served as Deputy Commander of the United States Air Force
Band of the Rockies, Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and,
prior to his commissioning in 1985, he was the trumpet soloist with the
Strategic Air Command Band at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Lieutenant
Colonel Sierichs graduated from Louisiana State University in 1978 with a
Bachelors degree in Music Education. He continued his studies at Boston
University, earning a Masters degree in Music Performance in 1981.
Lieutenant Colonel Sierichs' bands have been awarded the United States Air
Force Organizational Excellence Award and Outstanding Unit Awards. His own
military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air
Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Good
Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Commander Alan Sierichs led his band in a performance of "Gardens
of Stone" at the War Memorial in Indianapolis on July 4, 2007.
Other band performances are by the US Army TRADOC Band and the American
Legion Band of the Tonawandas.
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