I'm a huge baseball fan and I really love The Star-Spangled Banner, which is sung at the beginning of every game. For one thing, I grew up near Baltimore where the National Anthem was written in 1814 by Maryland demi-god, Francis Scott Key. And although I am ever more keenly aware of our nation's sins, blind-spots and persistent antipathies, I can't deny that I, my family and most of my friends are from the United States. It's home.

In fact I still choke up when I lay my right hand over my heart and sing "O'er the la-and of the Freeeeeee..."

But I've also had a lot of time to think and write music this past year. Your song-of-the-month for July is a short, sweet melody set for the horns alone that, as it developed over time, began to sound to me like an instrumental anthem. The original working title was "Anthem For Everybody Trying To Return To LIFE and Heal the World." That notion stems from a thought that has been coming into focus for me, that if people (myself included) were really fully present to our human consciousness, there's no way we'd ever harm another person or perpetrate so much violence against the Earth. And that national boundaries would seem silly and pointless.

Well, I eventually did settle on a more digestible title, "Peace Anthem."

Try putting it on at your July 4th barbecue and see how it goes over!

Very special thanks to Loyola University music composition professor and Frenchmen Street bass and keys man Dr Jimbo Walsh for his help in solving a couple of harmony and counterpoint dilemmas.

Thanks for listening and for your continued support.
At your service,
Ben Schenck
Clarinetist / Leader
Panorama Jazz Band
Panorama BRASS Band
New Orleans, LA


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released July 1, 2021
Panorama Jazz Band:
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Composer - Ben Schenck / ASCAP
Publisher - Snack Daddy Music
Recorded by Rick Nelson Apr 16, 2021, at Marigny Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas
Photo by Greg Miles
Graphic design by Ben Schenck


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The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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