Randy Stokes - Composer

Randy Stokes has been Principal Trombonist with the Dakota Valley Symphony for over thirty years, and also serves as Composer in Residence. In that time he has composed a number of works for the orchestra, including Dakotah for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the city of Burnsville Minnesota as part of their year 2000 celebration, A Child Is Born for chorus, orchestra, and soloists, and the orchestral suite Wings. More recent works include And the Merry Love to Dance, Song of the Lakes, and A Rowdy Good Time for the Dakota Valley Symphony's 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Randy lives in Eagan, MN with his fiancée Diana. They love to travel, ride roller coasters, and spend time with his granddaughter.

About The Light Fantastic:

“Come and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastick toe.”
-- John Milton

"To trip the light fantastic is to dance nimbly or lightly to music. The origin of the phrase is attributed to John Milton."
-- Wikipedia

Additionally... Light as in sunshine. Light as in color. Light as in fresh spring breezes, flowers blooming, birds calling. Light as in all the timbres of the orchestra whipped into a bouncing, boisterous frenzy -- strings, winds, brass, and percussion, all joined in a blazing, glorious dance. The word Light can mean so many things. As in a fantasy, when it all comes together, it can be -- Fantastic!