Give up? "S.B.M."
are the initials for the 1961 pop song, "Stand By Me,"
which was used on the sound track of the 1986 movie
of the same name.
The movie was very popular with teenagers, and when
would walk into the rehearsal room to conduct his
youth orchestra, he heard
many of the musicians warming up with that tune.
Week after week he
heard it! So as a gift to these brilliant young musicians,
this Fantasia was
Heard in a "classical"
setting, it is startling how beautiful this pop tune
really is. It inspired the composer to build on it
a fantasia of original
material, in which he pays reverent and heartfelt
homage to the popular
music he heard growing up in the 1960s.
This piece is suitable
for pops performances, youth concerts, and school programs.
By clicking below, you may hear a portion of this music,
performed by the young musicians for whom it was written: