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‘And Grace Will Lead Me Home’

By Katherine Dukes

UGA Undergraduate Student

"This sound file is an excerpt from a piece commissioned for my high school band in memory of my drum major, Austin, who passed away from leukemia. His kind and loving demeanor left an impact on all he came in contact with in the community and during his fight, it was truly astounding to witness the acts of love and resilience demonstrated by Austin, his family and various members of the community. "And Grace Will Lead Me Home" is based off of Austin's favorite song, "Amazing Grace," and is symbolic of finding not only peace, but also joy among pain. This idea of persevering through hurt and sadness encompasses resilience for me. In the face of tragedy, heartbreak and loss, it is important to recognize that strength is found in community and that growth comes when we find triumph in suffering."