Journey of Exploration was commissioned by the Boyd High School Concert Band, Kirsten Trachsel, director. The idea of the work takes its inspiration from the history of the band program at Boyd High School in Boyd, Texas. The band program has greatly improved through the efforts of excellent directors and students and is steadily gaining acclaim throughout the state. Directors and students understand that the current success the program is experiencing is due not only to their efforts, but also the struggle of their predecessors. Therefore, this piece is written as a musical depiction of a journey through several obstacles and hardships to arrive at the common goal of musical learning. The work begins slowly with a feeling of nostalgia and the path of the journey becomes clear. In the following fast section, the difficulties of the journey are portrayed by the use of unstable tonality and a combination of different meters such as 3/4, 6/8, and 9/8. The key finally settles on G major and the music reaches a strong resolution: a representation of the students realizing their potential and achieving great things together as a program.