Rio's Rainbow: In memory of Rio Allred, a young middle school girl that was diagnosed with alopecia. Due to the intense bullying she received as she began to see the effects of the disease…. she took her own life. The work is not meant to be sad but hopefully will bring more attention to the problem of bullying and the emotional depression that comes with it. Time to wipe the tears, and send off the parts.
Commissioned by: Dr. Onsby C. Rose, former member of the Elkhart Municipal Band which performs weekly at McNaughton Park in the summer.