By Sammy Roth
Before graduating seniors receive their diplomas at Commencement June 11, they will march across Ted Slavin Field to the sounds of a fanfare written by Jeffrey Dastin â10.
Dastinâs fanfare will be played in addition to the traditional graduation music, Sir Edward Elgarâs âPomp and Circumstance.â
Orchestra instructor Mark Hilt asked Dastin, along with a few other student musicians, to write fanfares. He said that other student fanfares might be played in addition to Dastinâs.
Dastin said his fanfare is distinctly different from âPomp and Circumstanceâ but will complement the piece nicely.
âI wanted to create a piece that sounded new and interesting but was appropriate for the event, and for that reason my piece doesnât sound anything like Mozart or Beethoven or anything like that,â Dastin said. âInstead of having major cords and minor cords I come up with a different sound, and it sounds very open, it sounds very grand and stately, but I think itâs very appropriate for any march or graduation event.â
Music at Commencement will be played by orchestra students as well as some professional musicians. Hilt said that fanfares are always played at graduation in addition to âPomp and Circumstance,â because the piece would have to be played many times to last for the whole march.
âWe had some fanfares that we had been using for graduation for a while that I thought were kind of tired,â Hilt said. âI knew that there were some composers in this class, and I wanted to give them a chance to do something.â
Even though Dastinâs fanfare is difficult to play, Hilt said it will âdefinitelyâ be played, even if just by the professional musicians.
Dastin has studied music composition for the last two years with a professor from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, a Los Angeles music school.
âI hope that everybody likes the piece. I think that itâs a great experience for me as a composer because Iâll get to hear a full ensemble play the piece,â Dastin said. âItâll help me grow because Iâve heard my pieces played before but never for such a large event, so itâll be a very nice learning experience.â
âIt will sound very declamatory,â he said.Â âLike, this is our class, weâre ready to graduate and go out into the world.â