Chosen Destiny - By Charles Booker Grade 4 (Medium-Advanced) 5 min 12 sec
Chosen Destiny was commissioned by the Ashdown High School Band, Josh Jackson, Director, to honor Mark G.Pounds, for his outstanding 18 years as Director of Bands at Ashdown High School in Ashdown, Arkansas. The composition begins with a rhythmic motive played by the timpani and later as a fanfare by the band. The overall form of the piece is ABA. To reflect Mr. Pounds’ religious and hard working ethics, the composer chose for the main theme in the A section a quote from the hymn “This is my Father’s World”. The Adagio section or the B section represents his passion for music, his students and his alma maters, Ashdown High School and Henderson State University. The A section returns followed by the Coda. Mr. Mark G. Pounds, a former Navy veteran, a tuba player, now assistant principal at Ashdown schools, is devoted to his family, community and church, his Chosen Destiny.
First verse to “This Is My Father’s World”
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears, all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This
is my Father’s world, I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, and skies and seas, His hand the wonders wrought.
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