Springtime Ride (2018)
Commissioned by the Minnesota Band Directors Association
Concert band, Grade 2.
The idea behind Springtime Ride is a group of young people riding bikes through their neighborhood when the weather finally warms up enough to do so. I wanted to capture the freedom and optimism that has always given me, especially as a kid when bike riding was my independent mode of transportation. I was recently reminded of these feelings while watching the series “Stranger Things,” which made me think of two of my favorite childhood movies “E.T.” and “The Goonies.” All of these have fantastic scenes of kids on bikes, and there may be a bit of a movie score sound in Springtime Ride due to these influences. At the end of the piece, I picture the kids pedaling off into the sunset.
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