The La Cañada Flintridge Community Band performed the West Coast premier of an original composition titled "Cassini's Rings" at Sunday's Music-in-the-Park concert.
JPL Astronomer and a member of the Cassini team Steve Edberg had been told of the musical composition by R. Brad Perry from NASA Langley Research Center. Perry is a member of the Cassini Saturn Observation Campaign outreach program. He heard the composition at a middle school performance on the East Coast. The composer, Michael Oare, is a director of bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia.
"He was inspired by the Cassini mission," said Edberg who track him down in Virginia and asked if he could perform the music. Oare had written the arrangement for his middle school band and had only performed it once before in Virginia.