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American composer David Gillingham was asked to compose a musical tribute in memory of Tyler Brett Caruso, who played alto sax in the St. Charles (IL) East High School Wind Ensemble and was highly regarded by his peers and his community. The composer points out that this work is not an elegy, but an expression of admiration and celebration of Tyler's life. The title is a line from a poem that Tyler wrote. Dr. Gillingham, with music degrees from University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University, has an international reputation for the works he has written for band and percussion, many of which are considered standards in the repertoire. He is professor of music at Central Michigan University, where he recently received a grant to establish an International Center for New Music. --James Huff 23:32, March 28, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)

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