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Published: Wed Jan 19, 2011

thumb_DannerGreg DannerTennessee Tech University music professor Greg Danner recently won the grand prize in the 2010 Composers Guild annual composition contest.

"The Greatest Generation," Danner's composition for narrator and concert band, was commissioned by the American School Band Directors Association. The work premiered at the association's 57th annual convention held in Nashville in June 2009.

Inspired by Tom Brokaw's eloquent testament to the World War II generation, the music sets the background for a reading of four soldiers' letters that highlight the emotion of those difficult times and the victorious struggle to preserve our freedom. The letters range from reflective and humorous commentaries to a dramatic description chronicling one soldier's experience landing at Normandy, France, on D-Day.

The Composers Guild sponsors an international composition contest in 10 categories of music. Last year marked their 41st annual competition. Danner's score was named first place in the instrumental/orchesta/band category and was the overall grand prize winner for the competition.