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Fanfare for Freedom

Graham Lloyd

The composer says this piece “is my dedication to the innate spirit that exists within all of us: the spirit of freedom. [Freedom] is one of the main driving forces within all human beings and has helped shape our destiny as a race for thousands of years.”

“As a career service musician I have had the honour of listening to the experi- ences of many who have witnessed war firsthand: from men and women who fought in the Pacific and across Europe, through Korea and Vietnam, and most recently in Iraq. Through all the horrors of war, the overwhelming driving force was their belief that they were fighting for freedom: either their own country’s freedom or for the freedom of others.”

Graham Lloyd began his military career in the Australian Army in 1972 as an apprentice musician (clarinet). He rose through the ranks teaching performance, theory, arranging and harmony. He became Director of Music in the Royal Australian Air Force and Commanding Officer of the RAAF Central Band. He transferred back to the Army as Commanding Officer of the Defence Force School of Music. He has arranged and composed over 300 works for concert bands, brass bands and orchestras. He is regularly called on as an adjudicator and lecturer on subjects including arranging, composition and conducting.

Last updated on July 17, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band