Program Notes When I was asked to be the guest conductor and composer for the 2012 University of Wisconsin-Superior Tri-State Band Festival, I had decided to compose a new work for each of the bands performing at the festival. Dr. Pamela Bustos, Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, described the work in one word: "powerful."
It was my goal to write a piece that excited the young musicians who would be performing it. Victory is meant to uplift and empower the performers and listeners alike. The dramatic and conflicting nature of the piece is also meant to show the struggle one undergoes on their path to victory.