Masonic Dreams

Masonic Dreams for Symphonic Band

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The city of Farmington has always been dear to my heart.  My mother was a member of the historical society and I grew up in the old farm-house on Power Road, across the street from Alameda School.  I always loved looking at the historical photos of Farmington every time our family visited The Ram's Horn, our favorite Sunday lunch spot after the 11:00 church service at Nardin Park United Methodist Church.  I was always fascinated by the history of this amazing city and one day my mother told me about Arthur Power, the founder of Farmington, and how he used to own the 5 acres of land which we currently lived.  I was amazed that this humble Quaker from Farmington, New York had the bravery to head west to discover new land and try to make a better life for he and his family.  

Masonic Dreams is a historical reflection of the city of Farmington.  The name refers to the Masonic Temple,  which marks the original location of the town hall.  Now a historical site, the Masonic Temple represents the growth of Farmington from a township to the full-fledged city it currently is.  The piece attempts to take the listener on an aural journey through the history of Farmington.  The piece begins with a solo Alto Saxophone melody, representing Arthur Power's initial idea to find a better place for his family.  The section then develops into a full ensemble moment where Power finally decides to make the journey West to discover new land.  The piece quickly transitions into an "old west" style march which reflects Power's journey west.  The piece transitions into a softer, more somber section which reflects the natural beauty of Farmington.  One can hear the sound of the rouge river gently flowing through the city as well as birds chirping as if one was taking a walk through Shiawassee park.  The soft movement is interrupted by a triumphant trumpet melody, reflective of the original Alto Sax melody.  The piece quickly transitions into a whirlwind all the way to the end, representing what the future holds for this amazing city.    

On a closing note, I'd like to thank Mr. Steele as well as all of the music teachers who helped shape me into the musician I am today:  I'm truly humbled and honored to be a part of this historical event.



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