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This work was made possible through a commission from a consortium of 51 high school and college band programs from across Minnesota. The project was formulated and implemented by Matt Dehnel and Ian McKnight, the band directors at Roseville Area High School in Roseville, Minnesota.
We currently live in a place in time where our country is at a cross roads between the America we are, and the America we want to be..
This country is divided along party lines, racial identities, and ideologies. We need to decide whether or not we are really United as Americans.
This piece has 2 contrasting moods and ideas, both represent the America we want, (peace, togetherness, harmony), and the America we currently are (Rough & Ridged, Unstable, and volatile).