Dr. Jeffrey L. Traster, Music Professor Emeritus at The University of Tampa, served as Director of Bands and Head of Music Education for nineteen years, including six years as Music Department Chair. He is the Director of the Clearwater Community Concert Band, high-tenor with The Ambassadors Gospel Quartet, a composer, and tuba player. Dr. Traster composed a new piece for the Florida Wind Band titled With Liberty and Justice! which will be premiered at our concerts on July 1st and 2nd, 2023.
"The United States of America was founded on ideals rooted in the soul of humanity. Our Founding Fathers sought to create a blueprint of community that defines us as “The People,” acknowledges us at our best and worst, and places the balance of these human polarities at the center of our survival. Embodied in The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution, their words address the constancy and even necessity of conflict. These documents suggest that even in war we seek a path of enlightenment that leads to a resolution embracing the ideals of liberty and justice for all people engaged in the conflict.
“WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE” presents quotes from political leaders over centuries who, in their time, struggled to define and live out these ideals in ways that have shaped America’s continuing evolution as a unique and powerful nation of diversity with cohesion that embodies the breadth of “Liberty and Justice for All.”
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