We Shall Overcome
arranged by Bruce Stark
(trombone quartet, piano, 3 percussion and timpani)
I arranged We Shall Overcome in 2002 for trombonist Megumi Kanda, for her CD Amazing Grace recorded the same year. For the recording only light percussion was used, however in preparing this version for the concert stage I added timpani and a more substantial percussion part, and re-wrote the ending to include a powerful climax with the entire ensemble in full bloom before the music subsides into a quiet, contemplative ending. In 2017 I prepared this revised edition, further polishing the piece with many small changes, corrections and improvements.
It is my hope that this arrangement offers a dramatic and stirring version of a song with deep historical roots in the hearts of oppressed people, and speaks of courage, sadness and resolve.
— Bruce Stark
We Shall Overcome from Megumi Kanda’s Amazing Grace (Victor Entertainment, Albany Records) in the pre-revision version: