Born in Texas, John Barnes Chance began composing at an early age and received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Texas. Chance performed as timpanist with the Austin Symphony and was also arranger for the Fourth and Eighth United States Army Bands. He wrote music for chorus, band, orchestra, solo instruments, and chamber groups and taught theory and composition at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He composed this exciting overture in 1971 and dedicated it to the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp of Twin Lake, MI. It was played at a memorial concert at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in 1992 to honor the composer, whose accidental death at the age of 39 tragically ended his career as a gifted composer, teacher and administrator. --James Huff 21:48, March 25, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)