Print Edition (US Only)
Song For A Friend
for horn and piano (2019)
"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.
Originally composed for trumpet, this adaption was commissioned by Sarah Schwenke.
Duration: 6' 20"
Sarah Schwenke, horn
"Song For A Friend is a wonderful piece of music that captures John's indelible spirit. Its melancholy and optimistic tone is reflective of 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