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  Song For A Friend - trumpet and piano (2015)

*Bb and C trumpet parts included

"Dr. John Wacker, Professor of Music at Western State College, died in an car accident on May 11th, 2014.  John was a mentor, colleague, and friend to countless people in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Colorado.  His loss was a tremendous blow to those that knew and loved him."  These are words from Marc Reed who was a good friend of John and who contacted me about writing a memorial piece for him.  As John was a fine trumpet player himself, Marc asked that the piece be for trumpet and piano.

     In speaking with some of his close friends it became very clear that this was a great person that brought light to other people's lives.  While I never had the fortune of knowing John personally, I am lucky to have a couple "John Wacker's" in my own life and I can only imagine how unbearable it would be to lose one of them so suddenly. Song For A Friend is a eulogy for one who brought joy and happiness into the world and was taken too soon. 

Duration: 6'

from The Lightning Fields
Jason Bergman, Trumpet

US - Mailed Sheet Music
Int'l - emailed as PDF
(mailed/emailed within 24 hours)

"Song For A Friend is a wonderful piece of music that captures John's indelible spirit.  Its melancholy and optimistic tone is reflective f the feelings that so many had for John.  I hope it will touch trumpeters and audiences for generations to come."

• Dr. Marc Reed

Fort Lewis College

"Song for a Friend is a befitting tribute to Dr. John Wacker who was a friend to many of us. The lyrical musical lines and gorgeous melodies are simply beautiful - a true staple of the engaging music by Kevin McKee. What a welcome addition to our repertoire!"

• Dr. Jason Bergman

University of North Texas