I wish you were here for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano Trio
Duration: 9 min
Premiere Date: N/A
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Movements: I. In Memoriam
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I. In Memoriam Riley Howell
This movement was written in the memory of Riley Howell, a student who was killed in a shooting that took place at UNC Charlotte in April of 2019. He was killed while heroically charging and disarming the shooter. Riley no doubt saved many lives that day. He gave his own life so that others would live. So, I wrote this music in an attempt to do all that I can to keep Riley’s name and memory alive. Over the last year, I have watched closely to the aftermath of this tragedy. Riley and the other victim of this tragedy, Ellis ‘Reed’ Parlier, have been honored and celebrated by their families and the communities that surrounded them in their lifetime.
I would like to respectively dedicate this music to Riley Howell, Reed Parlier, both of their families, the four others who were injured, and to the community surrounding the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Rest in Peace,
Riley Howell and Reed Parlier
Here is a short list in no particular order of those who I thought of while writing this music.
Jarad Higgins - aka “Juice Wrld”
Ellis ‘Reed’ Parlier
(There are just a couple more that I chose not to list)
For this concert, we were tasked to write along with the theme of “traveling”. And, I took this idea on from more of a philosophical perspective. While writing this music, I was thinking of those who I wish could physically be here but can not. But, from my perspective, these important few will be ringing in the room along with the music. That is what has given this music purpose for me: the act of continuing the memory of the important people in our life who have passed away.