Stand: A Symphony For Jazz Orchestra

Stand is an original symphony for jazz orchestra in five movements,  composed and arranged by award-winning, New York composer, Anita Brown. Conceived as a piece of performance art,  it was premiered as such by Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra ,  featuring The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon from Marine Barracks, Washington, DC on  Saturday, September 10, 2011 in Memorial Park, Nyack, NY  on the banks of The Hudson River. It was free and open to the public.

Deepest gratitude to Nyack College for allowing us to secure Bowman Gymnasium as our inclement weather location.

This unique piece of performance art  commemorates and depicts the American experience of the events of our national tragedy of September 11, 2001 and its effect on our nation’s psyche.    Please browse this site, dedicated to this unique world premiere.  You will find information regarding concept, research, estimated expenses  and how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the on-going project.

Videos of the premiere of Stand are now available both in the home page news/blog (scroll back some)  and on the video tab.  Several photo galleries are also posted at the photo page, see tab above.  The concert program is downloadable in the right margin and is very informative.

The September 10th event was not a fund raiser.   Rather, this premiere production of Stand called upon New York’s finest musicians, The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon of Washington, DC and a Firing Party of seven Marines from The 6th Communications Battalion of Brooklyn, NY to come together in concert, to offer the public this unique and original piece of performance art.

The Marines from Brooklyn provided a color guard and a firing detail of seven Marines firing three volleys (shots) at the start of Movement IV. Valor, thus assisting me in rendering full military funeral honors, usually reserved for career military personnel and statesmen, to honor all victims and fallen heroes, in both local and international theaters, who lost their lives to The War on Terror. 

The Silent Drill Platoon’s drill, in silence, provided the most dramatic effect available in any piece of music, while simultaneously offering strength, healing and resolve to the audience.  As the Marines are our nation’s first responders, I felt strongly that it was right to employ this most spectacular ceremonial representation of our military to represent all first responders in the scope of the piece.  Donations supported the mounting of this production, as outlined on the Contributor page. 

Contributions made after September 10, 2011 will be put toward forthcoming performances, a studio recording, possibly a commercially available DVD of the event itself and related expenses.

Thank you for stopping by.


6 Comments

  1. Mark says:

    Anita,

    I found your posting here while doing a search for the Silent Drill Platoon schedule. I am very much looking forward to the possibility of this performance due to the fact that my son is a member of the SDP. Although I will not be able to attend in person if they are approved to perform, just knowing he’s there and representing the Marine Corp and his country in such an honorable fashion makes me very proud. Good luck in your endeavor and I am anxious to continue reading your updates.

  2. Anita says:

    Mark,

    I am a little clueless as to how to navigate this site as a partial admin so I just saw your post. Thank you so much for taking the time! I truly am honored!!

    I don’t know whether you saw the video of SDP on the video page. The details of when/how it was shot are there. Was your son among those ranks? That was one of the most inspiring moments of my life.

    I’m hoping to get the performance streamed. I anxiously await the confirmation from SDP Operations and will post news here. :)

    Thank you again for your interest and your post, and to your son for his service, of course.

    All the best,
    Anita

    • Mark says:

      Anita,

      Yes, I saw the videos and they were very nice. He was there at the time but he had just been assigned so he wouldn’t have been part of the team you were recording at that time.

      Thank you for honoring our servicemen with this undertaking and good luck with the final details.

      Mark

  3. Anita says:

    Mark,

    I look forward to meeting him in September. In fact, I will be at a MEOP Workshop (Musicians’ Enlistment Opportunities Program) in May. I understand I will hear and meet members of all the Marine Ensembles and will go between DC and Quantico…I think. Early May. At the very least I will likely have the pleasure of meeting him in August and September.

    Thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to comment here.

    All the best~
    Anita

  4. Mark Dubinsky says:

    Dear Anita–

    Stand: A Symphony For Jazz Orchestra is simply amazing. Your composition and arranging skills, the musicianship of your instrumentalists, the strong singing, and the US Marine Corp Silent Drill Team were all magnificent.

    For me, listening to Stand was a highly emotional musical journey, each movement giving me a unique experience, providing a new meaning to my reflections of the 9-11 tragedy. In the end, I found it uplighting, much in the same way as a great Mahler Symphony can elevate one’s experience of the human condition.

    Bravo, Maestro Anita Brown! Thanks for creating something wonderful and uniquely moving.

    Mark Dubinsky
    Bedford, New Hampshire

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