―W. Francis McBeth (1933–2012)
Commissioned and dedicated to the California Band Directors Association
for the 1990 All-State Band, the first movement of this work is titled
Ishmael “I go to sea as a simple sailor.” With its beautiful sustained
and contemplative melody, the movement builds by a layering echo of
the main theme and depicts the power, beauty, and majesty of the open
seas and pioneering sailors. (Source: JRO) Performed in Memoriam.