Escape Velocity for concert band
J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice Selection.
Take your band to the moon with this exciting work celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. With a driving tempo and exciting percussion, Mark J. Connor’s creative work includes interesting parts for every member of the ensemble. This is a great choice for teaching and reinforcing the 6/8 time signature. Can your band achieve….Escape Velocity?!
“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”
-John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962
Escape Velocity is defined as the minimum speed needed for an object to leave the gravitational pull of a large body. For the astronauts of Apollo 11 in July of 1969, that speed was achieved sitting on top of a massive Saturn V rocket that would power them not only out of the Earth’s gravitational pull but all the way to the Moon where they would become the first human to walk on the Lunar surface. This work for young band evokes the power and energy of that launch and celebrates the 50th anniversary of “one giant leap for mankind” and is dedicated to Ron Sikes and the instrumental music students of the Jefferson R-7 School District in Missouri.
Published by RWS Music Company