This is a dynamic and exciting piece that captures the trials, tribulations and victories in the life of an ancient gladiator. Triumphant fanfares herald him into the great Colosseum as he clashes with many foes. Bravery and skill is what keeps him alive. Between battles he is reflective and contemplative. Could this be his final fight? With conviction and courage he rises to meet his next opponent, fighting with all his strength and daring. More fanfares announce his victory, but will this success be the one to grant him his freedom? There are solo opportunities for flugel horn, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba.