Suitable for Patriotic concerts.  Narrated.  Duration approximately 12 minutes.  See orchestration.   See printable documents. See performances.  See reviewsBand version. See audio samples.

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About Liberty for All

Liberty for All is an orchestral piece with narration which was made possible through the American Composers Forum as part of the Continental Harmony program.  Continental Harmony links communities with composers to celebrate the new millenium through the creation of original musical works.  The program is a partnership of American Composers Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funds provided by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and Land O'Lakes Foundation.  Continental Harmony is an Associate Partner of the White House Millennium Council.


Liberty for All uses quotes from the Declaration of Independence, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy in a very stirring musical setting that arouses the patriotic spirit in any American who listens to it.  

The Carmel Symphony is responsible for requesting the grant that made it possible to write this piece.  The dedication is in memory of musician and arts administrator, Fran Shoup.


2 Flutes

4 Horns in F

1 Piccolo

3 Trumpets in C

2 Oboe

3 Trombones

2 Bb Clarinets

1 Tuba

1 Bb Bass Clarinet

1 Timpani

2 Bassoons

4 Percussion
(4th Percussion is optional)


Optional Piano & Celesta



Violin I
Violin II


Band Instrumentation




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Adobe Score/Part Samples


Violin Part



Liberty for All was premiered in the summer of 2000 by both the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for its July 1-4 concerts and by the Carmel Symphony on July 4.  The work was specifically written as a Millennium piece to complement a patriotic program. 

For the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra premieres, the piece was conducted by Stuart Malina, who is the Music Director for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.  He has also conducted at Chatauqua, Charleston, Greensboro, Louisville, North Carolina, Hartford, and Kansas City.  Malina has conducted operas and musical theater and is also an accomplished pianist.  The narrator for these performances was Michel Bell, a singer, soloist, and actor; especially celebrated for his role of "Porgy" in Gershwin's opera, Porgy and Bess, and his performances in the Broadway revival of the musical, Show Boat.  He is the music arranger for the hit musical, Movin' Out, highlighting Billy Joel's music.

For the Carmel Symphony Orchestra performances, Liberty for All was conducted by their Music Director, David Bowden.  He is also Music Director of the Terre Haute Symphony and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and has guest conducted in Savannah, Winston-Salem, Peoria, Marquette and Mississippi.  He is widely known for his innovative programming and emphasis on the music education of our youth.  The narrator for this performance was John Gillis, a WIBC radio personality in Indianapolis.

Maestro Bowden says of Liberty for All: "The piece is fabulous and, in my opinion, will be performed all over the country in the future Independence Day, Veteran's Day and Memorial Day concerts. It is a superb, deeply moving musical expression of the privilege and cost of liberty: literally worth dying for." 

Michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor with Houston, New Mexico, Long Beach, and Jacksonville says of the work:  "Liberty for All is a welcome addition to the symphonic repertoire of American orchestras.  It is well crafted, brilliantly orchestrated, and powerfully effective."


Other Performances

Liberty for All has also been performed by the following orchestras:

Acadia Symphony
Amarillo Symphony
Annapolis symphony
Atlanta Symphony
Bakersfield Symphony
Baltimore Symphony
Beloit Janesville Symphony
Binghamton Philharmonic
Bloomington (IN), Pops
Boston Pops
Bozeman Symphony
Buffalo Symphony
Cedar Rapids Symphony
Charleston Symphony


Cheyenne/Ft. Collins
Cincinnati Symphony
Columbus Georgia Symphony

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

Conroe Symphony
Dayton Philharmonic
Duluth Superior Symphony
Eastern Connecticut
Florida West Coast

Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Worth Symphony

Gainesville Symphony
Grand Teton Music Festival
Greater Bridgeport Symphony
Gulf Coast Symphony
Harrisburg Symphony
Hawaii Symphony

Houston Symphony

Illinois Philharmonic
Johnstown Symphony
Kansas City Symphony
Knoxville Symphony
Lafayette Symphony
Lancaster Symphony
LaPorte County
Long Island Philharmonic
Loudoun Syphony
Muncie, IN Symphony
Naples Philharmonic
Nashville Symphony
New Haven
New Jersey

New Mexico

North Carolina Symphony
Northeast Texas
Northwest Indiana Symphony
Ocean City Pops
Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute
Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Orchestra of Southern Wisconsin

Orlando Philharmonic
Oshkosh Symphony
Owensboro Symphony
Pasadena Pops
Pensacola Symphony
Pepperdine University
Phoenix Symphony

Portland, Maine

Reno Philharmonic
Richmond Symphony
Rochester Philharmonic
Roswell Symphony
San Diego Symphony
Sarasota Orchestra
South Bend Symphony
South Dakota Symphony
Syracuse Symphony

Terre Haute

Tucson Symphony

Virginia Symphony

West Virginia Symphony
Wichita Symphony



Rick Rogers, The Oklahoman, March 30, 2004

"Beckel, a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, is clearly one of the most talented composer/arrangers working today.  Borrowing texts from presidential speeches, Beckel created a modern-day equivalent to Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait."

Yet, while "Liberty for All: is modeled after Copland, it doesn't attempt to imitate, thereby succeeding wholeheartedly on the strength of Beckel's musical insights.

And while he may have drawn inspiration from words by Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy, his classy orchestral setting made them resonate all the more impressively."

Ted McIrvine, Hendersonville Times-News, March 8, 2004

"The work demonstrates nuanced compositional skill and excellent use of brass and woodwinds as well as percussion.  This was the standout piece on the program."

Band Version

The band version of "Liberty for All" was commissioned by "The United States Coast Guard Band".  They performed the piece on a West Coast tour in the spring of 2002.  The director, Lewis J. Buckley, stated that he has rarely played a piece that makes their encore piece, "Stars and Stripes Forever", seem anti-climactic.  A CD entitled "Liberty for All" was released by the Coast Guard Band, with Lewis J. Buckley directing.  The following player has two audio samples from this CD and is used with permission.  Just click the arrow or one of the tracks.

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The Coast Guard Band performed the work with John Amos narrating during the week of July 29, 2002 in Washington, D.C.  Their recording is with Merlin Olson.

The Aspen Music Festival Band performed the band version in 2005 with Lawrence Isaacson conducting.

The South Shore Concert Band performed the band version on November 11, 2012.

The Roman Festival Brass played Liberty for All on May 28, 2012.