The hymn “We Gather Together” was written in 1597 to celebrate the Dutch victory over the Spanish in a war of national liberation against the King of Spain who forbade Dutch Protestants the right to gather for worship. It is now popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day in America and is often sung at family meals and religious services on that day.
Wind & Rhythm uses the spirit of this freedom to express all viewpoints in its slogan, "the gathering place for people who love band music" to invite all music lovers to share in the wonderful wind band community spirit.
Turkey Trot from “Divertimento” Leonard Bernstein North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Autumn Dream Archibald Joyce US Coast Guard Band, Commander W. Kenneth Megan Harvest Hymn Percy Grainger North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon We Gather Together Eduard Kremser Hollywood Epic Brass, Kevin Kaska Concerto Breve "The Wondrous Valley" Joesph Wilcox Jenkins US Military Academy Band at West Point,
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Holtan Autumn in New York Vernon Duke Tubas Unlimited, R. Winston Morris Thanksgiving Hymn William Billings Eastern Wind Symphony, William Silvester Yosemite Autumn Mark Camphouse US Air Force Heritage of America Band, Major Douglas Monroe Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs Frank Ticheli University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Paul W. Popiel
On this episode of Wind & Rhythm, we honor those who stood watch protecting our democracy in peacetime and in conflict. Our Veterans. They are our family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances, and to those heroes we dedicate this broadcast, a virtual band concert, to them.
Hymn to the Fallen from “Saving Private Ryan” John Williams Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Tales of the Bay James L. Hosay Eastern Wind Symphony, William Silvester Autobiography for Band Robert Russell Bennett US Army Field Band, Colonel Finley Hamilton Trilogy for Band Clifton Williams US Air Force Band of Mid America,
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Price After Hands Across the Sea from
“Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa” John Philip Sousa, arr. Ira Hearshen US Air Force Heritage of America Band,
Colonel Lowell Graham
Over the summer, recording engineer Mark Morette and his crew traveled to Utrecht, Holland to cover the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) convention, and they brought back recordings to share on the gathering place for people who love band music, Wind & Rhythm.
Montmagastre. A Little Symphonic Scene Manuel Oltra Barcelona Symphonic Band, Salvador Brotons Una Adventura De Don Quijote Jesús Guridi Bilbao Municipal Band, Jose R. Pascual-Vilaplana Three Swiss Tunes in the Baroque Style arr. Walter Lang-Van Os Swiss Army Symphonic Wind Orchestra,
Major Philippe Monnerat Kindara Overture Antonio Giacometti Orchestra Fiati di Valle Camonica, Debnis Salvini Amália Ferderico Valério Portuguese Symphonic Band, Francisco Ferriera Reflections on an Old Japanese Folktune Philip Sparke Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Liam Daly
Creating a sinister mood in music often falls to the larger instruments? Tubas, Trombones, Euphoniums, Basses, all can conjure a disquieting atmosphere.
This week on Wind & Rhythm, we wickedly summon some spine-tingling music.
A Little Monster Music Elizabeth Raum Euphoniums Unlimited The Furies Neal Corwell Symphonia, R. Winston Morris La Morte Dell’ Oom (No Pah Intended) James Self Symphonia, R. Winston Morris Hauntings Dan Welcher Symphonia, R. Winston Morris Unfamiliar Territory - Local Spirits Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball Dance of the Witches from “The Witches of Eastwick" John Williams, US Coast Guard Band, Commander W. Kenneth Megan Tam O’Shanter Overture Malcolm Arnold UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie
When was the last time you witnessed a really great band play in a live setting? The concert hall, in particular, is a magical place that broadens the range of musical passages from whisper quiet pianissimo to rock concert pounding fortissimo.
Many of Wind & Rhythm's "Partners in Performance" have begun their new concert season, and we recommend joining them for a live experience like no other. It's worth the trip.
Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme Michael Gandolfi Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Ballad for Band Morton Gould Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols Finale, Allegro Molto from “Symphony No. 2” David Maslanka Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson Variants on a Mediaeval Tune Norman Dello Joio Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell
The Fall season is in full swing with a cavalcade of festivals, starting with Oktoberfest, passing through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and culminating with the celebration of the New Year.
This week on Wind & Rhythm, we feast on the music of Festivals.
Festival Intrada Richard Strauss Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin with Paul Riedo on the Lay Family Organ A Festival Prelude Alfred Reed US Air Force Band of Mid-America,
Captain Donald Schofield, Jr. Festive Hymn Johan de Meij Orchestra de Vents Filharmonia, José Pascual-Vilaplana Festival Clifton Williams US Air Force Band of Mid-America,
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Price Festival of Fire from “Three Notes of Japan” Toshiro Mashima North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Fiesta! Philip Sparke Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble, Ray Cramer Dies Festus from “Gloriosa" ITO Yusuhide North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Olympica-Festival Overture For Band Jan Van der Roost Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble, Don Wilcox
The harvest has arrived, the leaves are falling, the air is crisper, and the aromas are spicy. So long Summer, Autumn is here, as is the season of football, traditions, and decorations. The change of seasons is a welcome time, especially the evenings of music and mirth.
Crescent Moon Grand Overture Jan Van der Roost Philhamonic Winds Osakan, Jan Van der Roost October (Shostakovich) Dmitri Shostakovich US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham October Festival from “Feste Romane” Ottorino Respighi US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Scherzo from “Midsummer Night's Dream” Felix Mendelssohn, arr. John Blair US Army Field Band Chamber Ensembles,
Colonel Jim R. Keene As Midnight on a Moonless Night Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball Autumn Leaves J. Kosma / J. Prevert / J. Mercer / arr. Richard Perry Symphonia, R. Winston Morris November from “Winter Dances” Fergal Carroll Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd
A sign in front of a music store reads: “Hug a band member, they never get a chance to dance.”
This week on Wind & Rhythm, we play the music so that you can dance.
Sun Dance Frank Ticheli Michigan State University Wind Symphony,
John Whitwell J.S. Dances Donald Grantham North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Mock Morris Percy Aldridge Grainger Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin
Divertimento, Op. 42 - Prologue, Song, Dance, Etc. Persichetti, Vincent London Symphony Orchestra
Wind & Percussion Ensemble, David Amos Schottische from “Suite of Old American Dances” Robert Russell Bennett Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Slavonic Dance No. 5, Op. 46 Antonin Dvorak Empire Brass Ritual Fire Dance Manuel De Fella, arr. Fred Kepner US Air Force Band, Colonel A. Phillip Waite Armenian Dances, Part I. Alfred Reed North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Morning Dance from “Romeo and Juliet” Sergei Prokofiev Empire Brass
Often told in a way that makes the narrator seem to have been part of the story, a "tall tale" is good-natured yarn that includes unbelievable elements, related as if they were factual. Fundamental to many cultures, tall tales often contain legendary figures in exaggerated exploits, while others are simply a way to demonstrate who can boast the most.
This week on Wind & Rhythm, we spin a musical yarn with these Tall Tales.
Grimm's Fairytale Forest Jan Van der Roost Philharmonic Winds Osakan, Jan Van der Roost
Ottorino Respighi, arr. Franco Cesarini
Philharmonic Winds Osakan, Jan Van der Roost
A Tale as Yet Untold Philip Sparke Cory Band, Dr. Robert Childs
At the heart of the Brass Band is the working-class culture of brotherhood musicians, ambassadors of local communities and industries, and of fierce competitiveness. On both sides of the Atlantic there are competitions to crown the best Brass Band; the European Brass Band Association and the North American Brass Band Association hold such championships. For the 28 brass “banders" preparing for a title run, rehearsals can be intense and all-consuming, but the results are nothing shy of brilliant.
On this episode of Wind & Rhtythm, we explore the music and magnificence of the Brass Band.
Cory Band, Dr. Robert Childs Nimrod from "Enigma" Variations, Op. 36
Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Pearl Fishers - Deep Inside the Sacred Temple
Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Adagio from Concierto De Aranjuez
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Major Peter Parkes
Mark Walters Flugelhorn soloist Carrickfergus
Irish Folk Song, arr. Roberts
Fountain City Brass Band, Joseph Parisi Music for Battle Creek
Brass Band of Battle Creek, Sarah Ionnides Images for Brass
Brass of the Potomac, Stephen Bulla
For those who love performing band music, the act of creating it with others is the best part. The combined artistic expression of a group of musicians with a variety of talents and backgrounds yields a unique performance each time a composition is played. Whether from a grade school, college, community, military, or professional band, these performances are distinct and remarkable simply due to the many partners in performance.
Four Scottish Dances Malcolm Arnold Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Allerseelen Strauss, Richard, Davis, Albert, arr. Fennell Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson Toccata Marziale Ralph Vaughan Williams Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson Korean Dances Chang Su Koh Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Adagio Joaquin Rodrigo Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols
Welcome to Wind & Rhythm's 10th season on the air! In our previous 9 seasons, we've aired nearly 3,000 pieces of music, by 800 composers, performed by 450 ensembles, conducted by 400 directors. Believe it or not, we haven't even scratched the surface of the amazing breadth of wind band music available.
So, let's celebrate the potential of what's still to come, with music of Celebration here at the gathering place for people who love band music.
Cheers! Jack Stamp US Air Force Heritage of America Band,
Colonel Lowell Graham Celebrare Celeberrime Carl Vine Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, John Lynch Celebrations John Zdechlik US Navy Band, Commander Ralph Gambone Prelude and Celebration James Curnow Black Dyke Brass Band, James Watson Fanfare for a Celebration Mary Judge Monarch Brass, Apo Hsu Laboring Songs from Symphony No. 3 "Shaker Life" Dan Welcher North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Celebration Philip Sparke US Air Force Band, Alan Bonner Celebration from “Billy the Kid” Ballet Aaron Copeland US Army Field Band, Colonel Finley R. Hamilton
When Dr. William Wakefield walked onto the stage of his retirement concert as Director of Bands at the University of Oklahoma after 32 years of service, many of those who have had the honor of playing for him, studying with him, and collaborating with him were there to share in the magnificent moment. Wind & Rhythm had the privilege to capture his final triumphal concert so that wind band enthusiasts could enjoy his mastery for years to come.
We celebrate our Season 9 finale with Dr. Wakefield's concert finale, recorded here for your enjoyment.
University of Oklahoma Wind Symphony Dr. William Wakefield, conductor
Percy Grainger I. Lisbon
II. Horkstow Grange III. Rufford Park Poachers
IV. The Brisk Young Sailor
V. Lord Melbourne
VI. The Lost Lady Found
Symphony #4 David Maslanka
Irish Tune from County Derry Percy Grainger
When from these scenes we wander
And twilight shadows fade,
Our mem'ry still will linger
Where light and shadows played. To our friend, John T. Madden, upon his retirement.
Thank you for a lifetime of leading.
- your friends at Wind & Rhythm.
Porch Swing on a Summer Evening
from "Family Album Suite” Morton Gould US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Sunset Jericho Henk Alkema North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon In Evening's Stillness Joseph Schwantner North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Utopian Sunset from "The History of Mr. Polly" William Alwyn Royal Northern College Of Music Wind Orchestra,
Clark Rundell Dusk Steven Bryant University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Scott Weiss Sleepless Night George Gershwin Canadian Brass Rest Frank Ticheli Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Manny Sherwin Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band, Garry Cutt
It may be a hundred degrees under the sun, but under the canopy of the woods, things are just a bit more comfortable. The surrounding sights, sounds, and smells help one forget the oppressive mid-summer heat. Of course, depending on one's location, a road trip to a local or state park might be in order. But, it is definitely worth it. This week on Wind & Rhythm, we wander through the woods, enjoying all that they have to offer.
Aspen Jubilee Ron Nelson Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Rosalind in the Forest of Arden Alfred Reed Eastern Wind Symphony, Alfred Reed Dark Forest Luigi Zaninelli Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz The Forest Battle from "Star Wars” John Williams Denver Brass Waltzes from "Tales from the Vienna Woods” Johann Strauss II US Marine Band, Colonel Albert F. Schoepper Trees (Ta Prohm) from "Celestial Dancers for Wind Ensemble” Eric Ewazen Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd The Woods So Wild from "Fitzwillam Suite” William Byrd Canadian Brass Greenbushes Percy Grainger Indiana University of Pennsylvania Bands, Jack Stamp
When storms reach their worst and those in peril are looking for rescue, the US Coast Guard will have already been deployed and be ready to assist. It’s their birthday, and the countless numbers of people who have been saved by the fearless Coast Guard are thankful that their motto, Semper Paratus, remains their mission.
American Journey John Williams US Coast Guard Band, Captain Kenneth Megan United Artists Kenneth Fuchs US Coast Guard Band,
Lieutenant Commander Adan Williamson Second Rhapsody for Piano and Wind Ensemble Gershwin, George US Coast Guard Band, Commander Kenneth Megan Celebration Fanfare Kevin Walczyk US Coast Guard Band, Commander Kenneth Megan
Popular among the English nobility in the 16th and 17th century, a masque was a form of amateur dramatic entertainment performed by masked players. Composers too have taken to writing music for the masque and by extension, the masquerade. This week at the gathering place for people who love band music, we explore this masked music, incognito.
Masquerade for Band, Op. 102
North Texas Wind Symphony,
Eugene Migliaro Corporon Twelfth Night (A Musical Masque after Shakespeare)
Senzoku Gakuen Symphonic Wind Orchestra,
Alfred Reed Little Masquerade Suite
Keystone Wind Ensemble, John R. Bourgeois Masquerade Suite
Aram Ilyich Khachaturian
UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie
Musical fantasies, unlike fugues or variations, are rooted in the art of improvisation, and thus seldom follow any strict musical form. Fantasies taken to the extreme become illusionary, like a shifting dream; i.e. the phantasmagorical.
This episode of Wind & Rhythm explores music that plays free and loose with imaginative invention; the Fantasy.
Fantasies for Anna Magdalena Bach
Canadian Brass* Danzas Fantásticas
Joaquin Turina, arr. Boyd
Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn
Norman Dello Joio
Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Fantasy for Brass Band, Op. 114
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Garry Cutt Excerpts from A Disney Fantasy
arr. Goff Richards
Brass Band of Battle Creek
"Tune up your strings in harmony Strike up your song of joy And learn the music, let it sound Stand up and sing your song" - Song of Joy, by Göran Gustafsson
Radiant Joy Steven Bryant IUP Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Marche Joyeuse Emmanuel Chabrier, arr. Gordon Langford Black Dyke Mills Band, John Foster Noisy Wheels of Joy Eric Whitacre UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie
Bliss Michael Torke IUP Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Joy Frank Ticheli University Of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
Ron Hufstader Joy Revisited Frank Ticheli University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
Ron Hufstader It is to me a right great joy Henry VIII Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Joy Empire Brass Quintet A Joyful Fugue Virgil Thomson, arr. Charles Fussell Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz Joy Spring Clifford Brown, arr. Chrales Schiermeyer Brass Band of Battle Creek Joyride Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball
Music sparks the all of the senses. Hearing music and reading music are obvious. Feeling music, through powerful bass amps or through the warmth of a string orchestra also counts. It has been studied that music in restaurants can amplify certain tastes. And those afflicted with synesthesia have the ability to actually smell sounds, as music stimulates sensory and cognitive pathways.
But for all of the "standard" senses, it is the more metaphysical ones that make music so magical; memory, imagination, and inspiration to name a few. This episode of Wind & Rhythm explores the many sensations of music.
Scenes from the Louvre Norman Dello Joio Texas A&M University Symphonic Band, Timothy B. Rhea The Three Embraces Carter Pann North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporan Surround Sound Soren Hyldgaard The Danish Concert Band, Jorgen Misser Jensen Sounds, Sketches and Ideas Roger Cichy University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
Ron Hufstader Feast Day in Seville Isaac Albéniz Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell Hoedown Aaron Copland Brass Band of Battle Creek, Constantine Kitsopoulos Famishius Fantasticus Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -Preamble, United States Declaration of Independence
This inspirational passage, perhaps one of the best-known sentences in the English language, came to represent a moral standard to which the United States should strive.
This episode of Wind & Rhythm celebrates its potency and ideals with music, equally as inspired.
Fanfare for Freedom
UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie American Hymn
Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Overture & March, "1776"
US Marine Band, Colonel Timothy Foley American Overture for Band
Joseph Wilcox Jenkins
US Army Field Band, Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Celebration Overture
US Air Force Band, Colonel Lowell Graham American Faces
US Navy Band, Commander Ralph Gambone Variations on an American Cavalry Song
North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Opposing certainty may yield faith for some, but opposing faith tends to yield doubt and skepticism, not necessarily certainty. It's the quest for certainty itself that addresses the relationship between philosophies of spirituality and empirical understanding.
Music allows one to contemplate this relationship through the experience of music itself, which adds its own perspective to the relationship, a rather ethereal one.
Morningstar David Maslanka Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble,
Joseph Missal Spirit of Endeavour Philip Sparke Concert Band of the German Armed Forces,
Christoph Scheibling The Spirit of Buies Creek from “Tarheel Sketches” Jack Stamp Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Spiritual Dance Hildegard von Bingen Empire Brass Quintet Celestial Dancers for Wind Ensemble Eric Ewazen Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd
This episode of Wind & Rhythm celebrates the birthday of the oldest of the United State's Armed Forces, the US Army, who trace their 1775 founding to the days of the Continental Army and General George Washington.
"First to fight for the right, And to build the Nation's might,
And the Army goes Rolling Along." "Proud of all we have done, Fighting till the battle's won,
And the Army goes Rolling Along."
West Point Symphony Morton Gould US Military Academy Band: West Point,
LTC Timothy J. Holtan Manhattan Philip Sparke US Military Academy Band: West Point,
LTC Timothy J. Holtan Farewell to Gray Donald Grantham North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon 4 Preludes Robert Russell Bennett US Army Field Band, Finley Hamilton Tuscan Serenade Gabriel Fauré, arr. Percy Grainger US Military Academy Band: West Point,
LTC Timothy J. Holtan
Whether it's with a father, a grandfather, or a father-figure, celebrating this Father's Day connects us the same way music connects the listener with deep emotional memories and structural features that help define our character and bring strength to our lives; much like a father. This week on Wind & Rhythm we explore these connections, dedicating them to Father’s Day.
Theme and Variations from Symphony #2 (for my father, Kerry Archer) Kimberly Archer Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Wind Symphony, John Raymond Bell Rest Frank Ticheli Ohio State Wind Symphony, Russel C. Mikkelson Pastime Jack Stamp North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Father and Son from Gallimaufry Guy Woolfenden University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, Glen D. Price Hold this Boy and Listen Carter Pann North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Grandfather's Story from The Red Pony Aaron Copeland US Army Field Band, Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Gandalf (The Wizard) from The Lord of the Rings Johan de Meij Amsterdam Wind Orchestra, Arie Van Beek Embers Michael Markowski University of Missouri Wind Ensemble, Brad Snow March Intercollegiate Ives, Charles US Marine Band, Timothy Foley
…we love thy shadows,
When twilight silence falls,
Flushing deep and softly paling,
O’er ivy covered halls...
Shadows are a common theme amongst poets, authors, artists, and composers, and with its symbolism to the hidden, foreboding, and mystical, we can see why.
When from these scenes we wander,
And twilight shadows fade,
Our mem'ry still will linger,
Where light and shadows played...
Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz Shadow Dance
North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Shadow Falls
Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony,
Brian Covey Shadowcatcher
Western Michigan University Symphonic Band,