Fox Chapel Area Elementary Bands Commission Band Piece
The Fox Chapel Area elementary bands commissioned a band piece that was premiered at the combined elementary fifth grade band concert in February 2017. The piece was funded through money from the district’s Gala Fund and is entitled “Bringer of War.”
The piece was written by award-winning and internationally-recognized composer Brian Balmages. It has been listed as one of the top choices and as an editor’s choice on the music website JW Pepper where many music educators purchase their music for the year. The commissioning and popularity of this piece ensures that the Fox Chapel Area School District’s name is being shared with elementary bands from across the nation.
The Fox Chapel Area Community Gala event was held in 2012 to raise funds for the district’s music and visual arts programs. Other events paid for through the Gala Fund included a visit from nationally-known, Boston-based song leader and composer Nick Page, who came last spring and led an all-elementary chorus as part of a special Community Sing Concert. The elementary music department also commissioned a song for its choirs written by Page entitled “Train Song.”
Listen to "Bringer of War" on JW Pepper's website by clicking below: