To Soar With Angels

Duration: 4 minutes
Difficulty: Grade 4.5

Concert Band
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, Oboe, 3 Bb Clarinets, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, 2 Eb Alto Saxophones, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, 4 F Horns, 3 Bb Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, Mallet Percussion (Glockenspiel, Chimes), Percussion 1 (Snare Drum, Gran Cassa, Bell Tree, Mark Tree), Percussion 2 (Suspended Cymbal, Piatti)

Program Notes:
The most difficult subject matter for any composer is the heartbreaking passing of a beloved person. Gina Pellettiere tragically passed away in the Farmingdale High School bus accident of September 2023. Gina was a spitfire personality filled with kindness, love, and generosity. She was a respected and beloved colleague and a devoted teacher and mentor to her students.

To Soar With Angels is a gift in Gina’s honor from her Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts family. The piece was conceived to celebrate her legacy rather than mourn her untimely passing. It consists of two parts – the first being a dignified fanfare, and the second being a lyrical song. This lyrical song develops into a celebratory finale, which I hope will uplift both Gina’s legacy and all those who knew and loved her.