On August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to its first total solar eclipse since 1979 (touching only the Northwest United States and Canada), and the last one until 2024 (going from Mexico, from Texas to Maine, and into Canada’s Maritime provinces). The path of totality in 2017 stretched from Oregon to South Carolina, but people as far away as Canada and Mexico were able to see 50-75% of the eclipse.
In an email conversation with the former director of the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Community Band, the composer discovered that no march or other piece of music had been written to commemorate this or any other solar eclipse.
The composing muse immediately struck, and the result was this march, written and scored in a period of three days, printed and ready to play in six.
After offering this march to the band community, we wound up with eight bands across the U.S. and Canad scheduling this march to be performed in public within a week of the total solar eclipse of 2017.
Here’s a video of the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band playing this march in our August 2017 concert:
Here is an audio file of the Second Winds Community Band of McMinnville, OR playing the march:
And this is an audio file of the Centerville (OH) Community Band playing it (without repeats):
You should add this tune as a delightful concert opening march for your next concert.