Title: Where the Prairies Meet the Pines
For: Grade 7-9 Bands
Length: 3 minutes (recording link below)
The composition attempts to honour the gathering of not only two major rivers, but also those who have met there for centuries.
Where the Prairies Meet the Pines is more than just a Junior High band composition. It is a labour of love inspired by the knowledge keepers, geography, peoples, culture and history of this region teeming with rivers, wildlife, forests and rolling hills.
Special thanks to Ty for providing the added teacher and student resources located below.
Also a special thank you to Brent Ghiglione and the University of Regina Wind Ensemble for preparing a recording of the composition.
Ty received a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University) in vocal performance. He also completed the Composition and Keyboard Performance programs at Grant MacEwan Community College (now MacEwan University), where he studied composition and arranging as well as jazz keyboard.
Ty and his wife Karen live in Saskatoon where Karen McKenzie is a director of bands for the SPSD.
Ty loves to tell stories through music. Canadian stories. Prairie stories. Stories that highlight history and culture. Ty has a desire to make these stories accessible and fun while engaging students in the learning experience.