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The Courage To Rise


To Rise

For 37 years, I carried the G.H. Grohberg Poem "The Race" in my wallet and from time to time, would pull it out to read to my band kids. It is the story of a little boy running a simple, child's race and wanting desperately to make his father proud.  He falls down numerous times and eventually finishes last. The moral of the story is not in the failure to win but instead, having the the courage to rise each time you fall. That poem had been such an important part of me, that in 2011, I decided to put that feeling to music.  It begins with a simple, child like melody, that crescendos into something faster with expectation. We hear each fall and eventually the resolve to finish no matter what the result.   I always thought it was a great story for our competing bands.  I recently heard from a former student from 20 years ago that is now coaching his son's hockey team.  He asked if I could  send him "that poem" so he could read it to his kids.

About The Courage To Rise
  • The Courage To Rise requires no special license

  • The cost of the full show is $550 (without changes)

  • The show can be done as one full program or each piece purchased separately.  

  • A rehearsal MP3 for color guard

  • License is for one season.

  • Any major changes requested are an additional charge.        (except solo changes)

  • QUESTIONS? Contact me

Instrumentation include:  All parts are sent in PDF

(I don't send finale parts)

Winds - Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Horn, Trumpet 1,2,3, Trombone 1,2, Baritone BC, Tuba

(Bari sax available if needed.)

Drumline - Cymbals, Snareline, Tenorline (Quints), Bassline (5 Drums)

Front Ensemble - Piano/ Keyboard, Bass guitar, Synth Pad, Electric Guitar, Bells, Xylophone 1, 2, Vibraphone 1,2, Marimba 1,2, Timpani, Chimes, Auxilliary Percussion

1st Trumpet Range - B above staff (opt. high C)

The music does not need 2 of each mallet part to sound complete.

Grade 3
The Courage To Rise
The Courage To Rise
The Courage To Rise


To Rise

A Simple Race


A Simple RaceDePriest
00:00 / 02:18

Rise Up


Rise UpDePriest
00:00 / 02:32

Back up


Back UpDePriest
00:00 / 02:35

Renewed Will


Renewed WillDePriest
00:00 / 01:52

"Rise Up" was originally done as a vocal solo with marching band. I have written it to be a trumpet solo, but if you have great vocalist and would like to try it, let me know.

Rise Up With VocalDePriest
00:00 / 03:15

Note - All Vocals are generated with Synthsizer V - Dreamtonics

 Voices - Mai-Dreamtonics/ Anri and Jun - Audiologie

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