On Heart of Independence

It is a deep honor to again be asked to score Tribute to the Declaration of Independence film featured in the Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast on February 2, 2014. It is such a privilege to create music to images and text pointing not only to the strength of our country's foundation, but offering profound gratitude to the ongoing role our servicemen and women and their families play in keeping us a free and independent nation. Thanks to the film's producer, Jennifer Pransky, for again creating a beautiful and moving film, and allowing me to be a part of her vision.

Current military, veterans and their families need our support. Not one of us would be living the life we live without their service. May this film allow us to stop for a moment and acknowledge the sacrifice made by so many at so great a cost to themselves and to their loved ones, and may we be moved to action. If we are, then our work in making this film will have been a success. Tammy Hurt and I will offer the recording of the score I created for this film, "Heart of Independence" as a fundraiser for this worthy cause, and I hope you will visit Joining Forces and help in whatever way you can.

It was such a pleasure to again compose the score for such a beautiful film and to work with such a talented group of people. Many thanks to Tammy Hurt, Jason Shannon, Chuck & Joanna Arnold and again, to one of my favorite filmmakers, Jennifer Pransky. I hope you enjoy our efforts to show our deep appreciation for our servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

-- Steve Dancz, January 27, 2014 | Learn more about the project from the Atlanta Journal and Business Wire.


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Steve Dancz has composed and conducted orchestral scores for television (Super Bowl XLV, Designing Women) and motion pictures (Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas, Grim Prairie Tales starring James Earl Jones), including numerous original scores for National Geographic Films, the Discovery Networks, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures and PBS. He has performed and/or recorded with many artists including The Chieftains, Bill Cosby, Eddie Harris and Clark Terry, and has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the World Festival of Sacred Music at the request of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. Dancz co-founded the UGA Music Business Program, directed the UGA Jazz Studies Program and is currently active as a composer/producer/performer, leading seminars and master classes in the US and Europe. "Declaration Anthem" is the soundtrack Dancz composed for the Super Bowl XLV broadcast of the film “Tribute to the Declaration of Independence,” featuring Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, and with 165 million viewers set a new worldwide broadcast record. His most recent score, "Heart of Independence," will be featured in a film airing as part of the Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

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    Heart of Independence

    Steve's score, commissioned for a film tribute to the Declaration of Independence and our servicemen and women, to be featured in Super Bowl broadcast.

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  • Declaration Anthem

    2011 Silver Telly Winner

    FOX Sports Super Bowl XLV.
    Hollywood Music In Media Award
    Best Score-Special Feature
    FOX Sports Super Bowl XLV.

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