Jerry Bilik, composer
American Variations, by Jerry Bilik, was commissioned by and
dedicated to the Wayne State University Band, Harold Arnaldi, Conductor.
In this work, the familiar Scottish folk tune Barbara Allenone
of the earliest popular songs in Americais woven into a series of
stylistic settings representing the diverse cultural heritage of the American
It depicts musically the essence of our country as a land where the recurring
theme of human dignity transcends the endless variety of its individual