From the recording Fanfare for Nana
This short fanfare is dedicated to Nana Lampton and was electronically premiered at the reading of her new book, Wash the Dust from My Eyes at the Madison Cawein house, Louisville, KY. The book of poetry and nonfiction writing is inspired from the letters and journal entries of her grandfather, John Mason, in his early years during the World War I. He was training solders in a cavalry unit on the Fort Riley military reservation in Kansas. The composer takes on the flavor of the military by quoting the familiar bugle call, Reveille, that wakes the troops in the morning. It is written for four trumpets which are spaced widely across the stage. The minor mode is used instead of the familiar major of the original tune.