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Marching Band 2007

The 2007 Band of Blue Production of War and Peace deals with struggle and pain of war and the promise and hope of peace.  In Glory, we explore the honor of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and the valor they showed during our nations bloodiest wars The Civil War.  In Peace we take you back to the Summer of Love 1967 and the debate and turmoil our nation went through as it struggled to understand why we need peace.  In Mansions of the Lord, we hear the haunting reminders of our soldiers giving the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

I quote from the words of this hymn: To fallen soldiers let us sing, where no rockets fly nor bullets wing, Our broken brothers let us bring to the Mansions of the Lord.  No more bleeding, no more fight, No prayers pleading through the night, just divine embrace, eternal light in the Mansions of the Lord.  Where no mothers cry and no children weep.  We will stand and guard though the angels sleep, All through the ages safely keep the Mansions of the Lord.  This is just a brief glimpse of what we are trying to convey That WAR is awful and that PEACE is what we all want! 

The music in this show is very exciting, dramatic and will be fun!  Our drill as usual will lend itself to a lot of new ideas and will be very competitive and challenging.  Our show will be very fast paced and very different!, yet it will be very understandable and will hit home!      


John M. Meehan
John M. Meehan has participated in the marching arts as a fan, marching member, instructor, arranger and composer since the age of 8 months. Joining the teaching staff of the Concord Blue Devils in 1994, John has since helped them to 5 D.C.I. Championships as well as 8 Jim Ott High Brass Awards. In 2004, John composed the music for the Bands Of America Grand National Finalist Ruben S. Ayala High School Marching Band. As an arranger, composer and clinician, John has worked with ensembles from around the world including the Yamato Drum & Bugle Corps from Japan and California, the Yokohama Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps from Japan, the Ooltewah High School Marching Band from Tennessee and the American Fork High School Marching Band from Utah. John is proudly endorsed by Sibelius and Dynasty USA and currently lives in Martinez, California with his loving wife and 2 daughters.

Jeff Fackler

Jeff Fackler is the president and founder of Creative Solutions, Inc. Since it's inception in 1994, Jeff has consulted and designed for more than 100 high schools ranging in size from 20 to 280 students. His design of over 400 shows has been represented throughout the country at all levels of district, state, and regional competition including the BOA Grand National championships. Jeff is an active visual clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and is the staff designer for the University Of Oregon Marching.


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