The Lord’s Great Youth Battalion
During a special worldwide devotional to youth on June 3, 2018, President Russell. M Nelson, Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, gave an invitation for “every young woman and every young man between the ages of 12 and 18 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord to help gather Israel.” Inspired by that message, Randy McNeely wrote the text of Zion’s Youth Battalion and asked me to write the music.
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Duration: 2 minutes 50 seconds
(Various singers under direction of Matt Arnett)
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Achilles is a short energetic piece for brass quintet full of contrast. While the beginning and ending are quite heroic, the middle section contains both sharpness and smoothness. Throughout it all, a steady eighth note drives the energy continuously through many changes in meter. Changes in time signature and rhythmic complexity make this a very difficult piece. Achilles was recognized in 2019…