This march, which was commissioned by the Canton Concert Band of Canton, Ohio in 1998, is fashioned along the lines of marches produced between the late 1800s and the first half of the 20th century. The composer uses several musical devices to lend a "presidential" aspect to the work, such as the introductory trumpet fanfare and the incorporation of melodic fragments from the ceremonial tunes Hail to the Chief and Ruffles and Flourishes. Lee Brooks was born in Norfolk, Virginia; he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Michigan State University. He has been a music professor at the University of Akron, the College of Wooster, DePauw University and Wayne State College and has performed widely in the U.S. as clarinetist, soloist and conductor. --James Huff 23:25, March 28, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)