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Patrick Burns (b. 1969) is an American composer and music educator.  He has written extensively for wind bands at all levels.  He founded the Bloomfield Youth Band in New Jersey when he was 17, and continues to direct that group today.  He is much in demand as guest conductor around the country.

Pride and the Purpose was written as inspiration for Burns’s young students.  Says Burns:

Being involved in a performing ensemble can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences. While participating in band is fun, being a member requires hard work and sustained effort in order to achieve the best possible results. Pride and Purpose is a musical portrait of the effort, dedication, and commitment that young musicians learn to develop on their path toward excellence.

Burns has his own website.  Click “music” then “grade 1” to find more information and a downloadable recording of Pride and Purpose.  Or just listen below:

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