"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 Friendis a eulogy for one who brought joy and happiness into the world and was taken too soon.
from The Lightning Fields Jason Bergman, Trumpet
• US - Mailed Sheet Music
• Int'l - emailed as PDF
(mails 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!"