Hello astro people
I have quite an interesting job doing outreach for the Cassini
Mission, and I get the most interesting things in the mail. A few
weeks ago I received a music score and recording of a middle-school
band composition inspired by the Cassini mission to Saturn, called
"Cassini's Rings". I sent it out to everyone here at Cassini, and
they just went nuts over it.
One of my co-workers plays in the La Canada Community Band - he plays
the euphonium and sits in front of the tubas, but I digress. He asked
the composer for permission to premier it here on the west coast and
the community band is doing just that this weekend. I'll be happy to
pass on the conductors contact info once school is back in session
for any of you who might be interested in sharing it with your own
school bands. :-)
So here's the scoop:
Michael Oare, Director of Bands at Great Bridge Middle School in
Chesapeake, Virginia was inspired by the Cassini Mission to Saturn.
He created a composition for middle school band featuring a melody
based on the 7 major rings of Saturn: D, C, B (Bb), A, F, G and E .
Michael writes "The spacecraft studies Saturn, its moons, and its
famous rings. The major rings of Saturn are named, in order of their
discovery, for the first seven letters of the alphabet. The letters
(notes) D, C, B (Bb), A, F, G and E form the order of the rings based
on their respective distance from the planet, closest to farthest.
The melodic material in Cassini's Rings is based on this seven-tone
My co-worker (and fellow amateur astronomer) Steve Edberg from JPL
arranged with the composer, Michael Oare, and conductor Sue Hamre of
the La Canada Community Band to present this piece on Sunday August
14th at La Canada's Memorial Park.
Where: Memorial Park is on the north side of Foothill in La Canada
two traffic signals west of Angeles Crest Highway
When: Sunday August 14th. The concert including this piece begins
at 5:00 p.m. This concert is part of the concert series held at
Memorial Park every summer Sunday.
What to bring: chairs or blanket and a picnic dinner.
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini Saturn Observation Campaign