Finalist in the 1999 G. Schirmer Young American's Band Competition
Poem was written in memory of an extraordinary young man, William P. Selvitelle, Jr.; trumpet player, poet, and actor. The work reflects seven different episodes in his life. The episodes have the following subtitles: The Gift, Awakening, Holy Night, Legoland, Ballad, The Coaster, Transcendence. The title comes from Bill’s love of poetry and music. Two of his poems, Legoland and The Coaster are given musical interpretations. After talking with his parents, friends, and teachers I was overwhelmed by the impact Bill had on others. Persevering through obstacles and hardships he lived life to its fullest. In doing so he inspired others to do the same. Thanks Bill.
The Marshfield High School Wind Ensemble, Gregory Mayer, conductor, Marshfield, Massachusetts.