Written in memory of a well-beloved band director, When Tomorrow Comes combines original melodies and the school’s alma mater to create a truly heartfelt and reflective work.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 6:00
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
F Horn 1
F Horn 2
F Horn 3
F Horn 4
Timpani (4 drums)
Percussion 1 & 2 (Snare Drum, Bass Drums)
Percussion 3 & 4 (Crash Cymbals, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Wind Chimes)
Eddie Shealy was born on April 26, 1959 in Newberry, SC. He attended Newberry schools and graduated from Newberry High School in 1977. He then attended Newberry College, obtaining a BA degree in Music Education in 1981. His teaching career began in Abbeville, SC and after 1 year Eddie moved to Charleston where he taught at Middleton High School and West Ashley High School for the next 32 years. Following retirement, Eddie continued to work with the Hanahan Marching Band and other Charleston area high school and college bands.
The influence Eddie had on thousands of students and co-workers is his legacy and words can never measure what gifts he left behind. Eddie mentored his students to follow their dreams, get the education they needed, and reach beyond what they thought they were capable of accomplishing. His humor, laugh, and quick-witted comments could make anyone smile, no matter the mood they were in.
When Tomorrow Comes was commissioned by his friends and colleagues to honor Eddie’s life and service to the music education community. The title is not meant to be taken literally, but serve as a reference that one day we will see Eddie’s infectious smile again. Until then, we can only hope we reach as many students as he has. The piece honors him by including the West Ashley Alma Mater and beautiful reflective melodic themes to represent his love for music, students and teaching. In addition, the piece concludes with Eddie’s own instrument, the clarinet, depicting the thought of him waving goodbye one last time.