EMPIRE BLUFF (Gr.3)
For Concert Band
Duration Approximately 3:30
FULL SCORE / 2 1 1 3 (+Bass) Alto (2), Tenor, Bari / 3 2 3 1 1 / Timp Perc (4)
The northwest tip of Michigan's lower peninsula is home to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, encompassing a 35 mile stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. Miles of sandy beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The Empire Bluff Trail affords spectacular views across the lake, perched atop the already towering glacially-formed headlands.
I've been fortunate to spend many summers in this majestic place, exploring the many trails and beaches, sharing s'mores over campfires, and making memories with family and friends. The recollection of these experiences fills me with overwhelming gratitude, and a yearning to return again.
For my dear friend Tim Cibor, Director of Bands, Ernest W. Seaholm High School, Birmingham, Michigan.