"Rick Kirby is a rare composer that one doesn't come across very often. Music for beginning and young band is creative beyond what is in the genre, as well as logically put together to allow many instructional moments. As a band director, this is a luxury that is not found often. Kirby's programmatic music both at the young and advanced levels paints a clear picture of what the composer envisions. Pieces such as these are priceless in any concert program."