It has been confirmed with COL Andrew Esch that the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" will premiere the piece in 2020 with LT Elizabeth Elliott conducting. Date TBA.


The consortium funds will be going through the Traughber Band Boosters at Traughber Junior High School in Oswego, IL. They have the capability to handle the organization and detail of something like this, and I have a professional AND personal relationship with their director, Rachel Maxwell, so I trust her completely.

Organizations / individuals can contribute by check or PayPal as follows:

($400 BUY-IN / Individual donations for any amount also accepted)

PAYPAL (credit cards accepted):

In notes, please indicate

Elliott Consortium

Include Band Director Name, Institution Name (high school or college), city and state.


Checks can be made out to:

Traughber Band Boosters

Send to:

Traughber Band Boosters

Traughber Junior High School

Attn: Rachel Maxwell

570 Colchester Drive

Oswego, IL 60543

Along with check, please indicate:

Elliott Consortium

Include Band Director Name, Institution Name (high school or college), city and state.


On November 8, 2018, Elizabeth Elliott delivered her baby, Madison Hope, and got to hold her for the first, and last time. A day prior, she and her husband found out that Maddie's heart had stopped and she was unable to fight any longer (she had been fighting a long time). Elizabeth describes it as the happiest and saddest day of her life.

Elizabeth has decided she wants to spearhead a consortium for a piece that touches on the experience of losing a baby. In part to help with her own healing process, but also to help shine a light on the experience and let people know they are not alone. Her dream is to have a piece that helps people heal - even strangers she does not know.


The piece is going to be in the grade 4-5 range (playable by many high school and college bands). I am planning to complete it by May of 2020 (earlier if possible). If you are interested in joining, please feel free to message me or Elizabeth directly. This is going to be a very special piece for a special little angel.

An announcement will soon be made about the official premiere of the piece in 2020.

© 2015 by Brian Balmages.

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