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The Mind Grows Heated is an original composition for wind ensemble. It is a programmatic piece of music that demonstrates appropriate use of wind and percussion instruments for high school and college bands. Composing The Mind Grows Heatedrequired a myriad of musical skills, including various composition and orchestration techniques, score study and analysis, knowledge of the wind ensemble

medium, and endless creativity. The piece tells the story of the ups and downs of the compositional process, and it musically illustrates the intricate emotions involved in attempting such a massive creative endeavor, such as anticipation, fear, self-doubt, and finally, hope and triumph. This thesis briefly presents the development of thematic material within the piece, as well as the basic form of the composition. It proceeds with an overview of the creative process and concludes with a reflection on the composition experience as a whole.

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