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Sep 2011

Citadel

Citadel, for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, is my first composition for a large ensemble, symphonic band, written in 1975 when I was a junior in high school. Mom would drop us off at Wadsworth High School every morning at 7am on her way to the factory in Kenmore. Kevin, my twin, and I headed straight for the practice room where a Baldwin upright allowed our exploration of harmony. Most of my early pieces came from that piano. Our band director, Art Baldwin (a.k.a. “Sarge”) saw this score and offered to try it out with the band. Though we didn’t play it for the last concert like I hoped, we did read it a few times. Sarge allowed me to take the podium and was impressed that I could easily identify and correct wrong notes resulting from the parts’ notation errors.

Hearing my chords, and having Sarge’s support, opened a door that allowed me to clearly see a path in my life. I wanted to compose concert music to build sonic Citadels in the sky.

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    Teri Baldwin-Miller

    17 07 2012

    Hello Keith,
    I am Sarge’s youngest daughter, Teri. I am excited to hear the piece you are doing in memory of my Dad. I will not do so until Mom can be there to listen as well. I will send a link to Lori so she can listen as well.
    I MAY remember a piece called “Citadel” from concert band. I will see if it jars any old memories. Again, thank you. Dad would have been honored. Sincerel, Teri

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