Born in Texas, John Barnes Chance began composing at an early age and had his works performed while he was still in high school. He 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. This piece is dedicated to the West Genesee Senior High School Band. --James Huff 05:51, 23 November 2008 (UTC) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)