Patrick Burns (b. 1969) is an American composer and music educator. He has written extensively for wind bands at all levels. He founded the Bloomfield Youth Band in New Jersey when he was 17, and continues to direct that group today. He teaches at Montclair State University and New Jersey City University. His compositions, which range from beginning band to professional level, have been performed on at least 3 continents. He has received commissions from around the country. He is much in demand as a guest conductor and clinician.
Burns offers his own program notes on Hometown:
I wrote Hometown for Scott Sharnetzka and the Bel Air (Maryland) Community Band. This fine ensemble has been incredibly supportive of my music and I wanted to express my gratitude to them by writing a piece for them. Hometown is a musical depiction of my impressions of beautiful Harford County, Maryland and the people I know there. The words of Garrison Keillor capture the idea of this piece wonderfully:
That yard, the tree–you climbed it once with me,
And we talked of cities that we’d live in someday.
I left, old friend, and now I’m back again,
Please say you missed me since I went away.
Patrick Burns main website. – includes a full biography and information on all of his music. You can also leave the website open as it automatically plays a random sampling of Burns’s music. He’s written a lot of it, and it’s all good! For our purposes, though, check out especially the “music” page, where you can download a free recording of Hometown in the grade 4 section.