And Then the Ocean Glows was commissioned by Niihama Grade School and its director, Mr. Shinichi Tagawa and completed in April of 2002. Mr. Tagawa and I titled the piece together, drawing from sectional themes of “Shining Morning Ocean”, “Wind Stormy Ocean” and “Large Mother Ocean.” Before I began composing the piece, I visited Niihama’s rehearsal and met the band’s inspired young students. The work’s theme and melodies are enjoyable and compelling for musicians; I would be delighted for bands to experience this fresh composition.
Niihama Grade School Band performed this work for the All Japan Band Contest in 2002 and advanced to divisional level to receive a gold prize. The band also appeared in the TBS Children’s Music Contest and received a first prize. (Satoshi Yagisawa)