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Episode 305: Music for Conductors
The American Bandmasters Association gives an award almost every year to commission new works for wind bands. The organization is made up primarily of notable wind band conductors and so it’s almost an award for music they like. Of course, the conductors usually choose the music for an ensemble, and their selection criteria is varied from person to person and from event to event. They might choose a piece for a contest or to feature a particular soloist or section, but when it comes time to choose the Sousa/Ostwald Award I wonder if they choose music they like to conduct... and that means we need to ask what kind of music would that be.
Diamond Variations: Robert Jager
      US Air Force Band, Alan Bonner
Fantasy Variations (On George Gershwin's Prelude II For Piano): Donald Grantham  
      US Coast Guard Band, Commander W. Kenneth Megan
Circular Marches: Dan Welcher 
      US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham
Songs For Wind Ensemble: Yo Goto
      Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Bradley Genevro
The Soaring Hawk: Timothy Mahr
      Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz
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