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By Josh Trentadue


For Concert Band

Grade 3.5

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One of Michigan's most popular tourist attractions can be located at the beautiful, luxurious area of Mackinac Island. Attracting thousands of tourists every summer, the natural wonders of this place and its hidden spectacles are a sight to behold, offering something new to everyone who travels there. The Straits of Mackinac is such a musical venture, evoking one idea of spending a day or two on the island with the rich and vibrant colors of the concert band as its palette.

Focusing on the ferry ride traveling to its main destination, the first theme for this trip conjures up a sweeping palette of colors and sounds full of spirit, adventure, and wistfulness. Matched by a second theme characterized with even more yearning, the excitement and energy begins to grow larger as the ferry draws nearer to the island. Harmonic tension is matched with rhythmic excitement and layered textures of melodic fragments, contrapuntal statements, and percussive action. All of this builds to an exciting conclusion and the promise of a great adventure at Mackinac when the ferry finally arrives to its stop.

My sincerest thanks to Connor Fetting and the Michigan State University Campus Band for a fantastic premiere performance.