Excitement, anticipation, dread, wonder . . . all of these thrilling aspects of the journey of discovery into the unknown are musically depicted in composer Todd Stalter's work, The Edge of Adventure. Players will love the energetic tempo of the beginning, with its unanticipated rhythmic accents, driving percussion, and foreboding chords, and have an opportunity to play expressively in a middle section that builds to a triumphant, musically satisfying expression of amazement and beauty. Listeners and performers alike are drawn into the piece, constantly sitting on adventure's edge, unaware of what to expect as their quest for discovery unfolds. An ideal young band piece to open or close a concert, The Edge of Adventure lends itself to connections to literature and artwork that can inspire your students to find deeper levels of meaning in the music.