Randall Standridge chose this reverent yet somewhat sad-sounding hymn to arrange for band in honor of the life and influence of his grandmother, who passed away in 2012. Standridge states,
After her death, I found myself unable to write/compose for some time. It was during this time of grief I began writing this setting of my favorite hymn, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. The piece took me over a year to compose, a year I spent dealing with my grief and intensely studying the pieces that I feel represent the very best hymn-song settings in the concert band repertoire. I have never labored so long on a piece of music, but I felt this one had to be as close to perfect as I could manage. I find the words and meaning behind this beautiful hymn to be especially meaningful ... it is from them, our parents, and all our forbearers from which the blessings of our lives flow.
Moving from moments of quiet beauty though hugely magnificent waves of sound, this powerful arrangement is a great example of the expressiveness and power that can be achieved by a fine concert band work. The final statement of the hymn tune melody by a solo clarinet wraps up this memorable hymn tune arrangement in a reverent, quiet way.
THANK YOU to: Michael Wooden and Michael Edlefson, our Jr High Band Directors. You willingly put noisemakers in the hands of kids and manage to create beautiful music. Thank you to Michele Perry, our amazing principal and to Jeffrey Marchant, Mike Brown and Alicia Mitchell, our Assistant Principals. Thanks to Geoff Anderson, Amber Taylor, Courtney Christensen and Aubrey Obray for their camaraderie and support. They all have gone way above and beyond to help us have performances this year. Sadly our theater department has yet to have a performance this school year. All of these people l contribute to the success of the band program. Their support does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you to the other teachers and staff members at Fremont. We have an amazing team of educators and staff members that love and support your kids. Thank you parents and loved ones, your support helps your student achieve many great things, including this performance.
We are excited you came to join us tonight and look forward to future concerts together. Thank you for your support.