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Program Notes

Black Granite

march (1996)

James Hosay, composer

Black Granite is a heroic symphonic march composed in 1996 by James Hosay, Arranger/Composer for the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington, D.C. Dedicating this march to the men and women who died in the Vietnam War, Hosay wrote, "The Vietnam War is an event that is controversial to this day. But let there be no controversy regarding the high level of valor, courage, and honor displayed by the men and women of the U. S. Armed Forces during that conflict. Without regard to the politics behind their involvement, they served diligently and to the highest standards of military tradition. Many of them gave the ultimate sacrifice."

—published score


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