It’s almost as easy to get lost in music as it is to get lost at sea, at least for those of us without much nautical training. This week on Wind & Rhythm, we examine music inspired by sailors and their experiences on the high seas. Join us for this maritime adventure at the gathering place for people who love band music.
Russian Sailor's Dance
US Army Band, Colonel Gary F. Lamb Monk by the Sea
Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball Four Sea Interludes
US Navy Band, Captain Brian Walden Out to Sea and the Shark Cage Fugue from “Jaws"
US Coast Guard Band, Captain Kenneth W. Megan The Engulfed Cathedral
Michigan State Wind Symphony, Kevin Sedatole The Attention of Souls from "Wine-Dark Sea”
North Texas Wind Symphony,
Eugene Migliano Corporon The Seal Lullaby
Tara Winds, Dr. Andrea Strauss
We owe a great debt to those who come before us in any new endeavor. Through their trials, hard work, and experimentation, they help lay a solid foundation for all those who follow. This week on Wind & Rhythm we take a look at the beginnings of the wind band movement with one of the first wind bands in existence, the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Fanfare and Allegro
Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell "Hammersmith": Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 52 Gustav Holst
Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell The Earl of Oxford's Marche from "William Byrd Suite” Gordan Jacob
Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell Allegro con brio from "Symphony No. 3” Vittorio Giannini
Eastman Wind Ensemble, A. Clyde Roller Toccata Marziale Ralph Vaughan Williams
Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger Tumbao from "Sinfonia No. 3 'La Salsa’" Roberto Sierra/trans. Scatterday
Eastman Wind Ensemble, Mark Davis Scatterday Quiet City Aaron Copland
Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger
A few weeks ago we did a program on the longest daylight days and had an hour’s worth of music about light. What I discovered was that my library contains many more hours of illumination and on this episode we’ll hear more music that illustrates light
John Mackey Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, Joseph Missal Radiant Joy
Steven Bryant IUP Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Sunrise at Angel's Gate
Philip Sparke US Army Field Band, Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Lux Aeterna
Yo Goto Showa Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Luminosity
Anthony DiLorenzo Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Bradley Genevro Symphony #53, Op. 377, “Star Dawn”
Alan Hovhaness Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Wind Orchestra, Keith Brion
1776 was 242 years ago and it has been quite journey. Celebrating the 4th of July, at least to those of us here in the US is a time honored tradition. Throughout our history, Americans have listened to wind bands and been stirred by the music that marks the American experience.
The music of independence and liberty almost always moves us. And in keeping with our traditions here at the gathering place for people who love band music, this show will bring music that you might not hear in the park or at a 4th of July celebration.
James Stephenson US Air Force Heritage of America Band, Douglas Monroe Largo from The New World Symphony
Anton Dvorak Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band Revolutionary Fantasy
Ernest Williams University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony,
Brian Lamb American Hymn
William Schuman Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp American Faces
David R. Holsinger Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz Knee High on The Fourth
Yuponce UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie Overture & March, “1776”
Charles Ives US Marine Band, Timothy Foley American Variations
Jerry Bilik The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble,
George Washington is said to have asked 24 year old Betsy Ross to create a flag to be the symbol of our nation in 1776. Historians also have mentioned that the General had suggested 6 pointed stars and that Betsy Ross had explained how much superior the five pointed stars were. Even at this early stage of our country, there were decisions to be made about details that have shaped the foundation of our union. Symbols are defined as being something that stands for something else. Certainly celebrating Flag Day brings this clearly to mind.
Other definitions for symbols include the words shapes or signs. Five pointed stars are easier to make suggested Betsy Ross, and a compromise was forged.
You're a Grand Old Flag from “A George M. Cohan Salute” George M. Cohan Canadian Brass Flag of Stars Gordon Jacob North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Emblems Aaron Copland US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Suite of Old American Dances Robert Russell Bennett University of Michigan Symphonic Band,
Michael Haithcock Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals Sigfrid Karg-Elert Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell Crest of Honor David R. Gillingham University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds,
Concert road trips bring thousands of young musicians to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago every December. Maybe for security or safety, they tend to stay in groups, sometimes large groups, as they meander their way through the exposition hall. What an amazing sight. If they are getting ready to perform, you can see the anticipation on their faces. When they’re done the expressions change a little. They seem more satisfied and yet ready to explore. It is a snapshot of pure creative energy, and it is contagious!
Famishus Fantasticus Michael Markowski Blackburn High School Symphonic Band, Jemima Bunn This Cruel Moon John Mackey Wylie High School Wind Symphony, Todd Dixon First Suite in E Flat Gustav Holst, arr. Frederick Fennell US Coast Guard Band, Adam R. Williamson Legend of the Ancient Hero Benjamin Yeo Sichuan Conservatory of Music Band, Lee Tian Tee Highlander Lullaby David Myers North Shore Wind Ensemble, Shane Goforth El Camino Real Alfred Reed Banda Sinfoncia Escuela De Formacion
Artistica Y Cutural De Chia, Jesús Jácome Synthesis Brian Balmages Kell High School Wind Ensemble, David Roth LOL (Laugh Out Loud) Robert Buckley Kell High School Wind Ensemble, David Roth
Music gives us a chance to express ourselves when we need help dealing with difficult emotions. It gives our minds a place to face all of the feelings associated with life and death. Without music, dealing with the gravity of death in a war setting is almost too much to consider. And when war-like activities mimic battlefield conditions it takes powerful music to help us cope.
The holiday we celebrate has a specific scope. Decoration Day became Memorial Day and it honors combat heroes who died on the field of battle. We can’t repay them for their sacrifice but we can be diligent in honoring them. If they were able to tell us about duty and responsibility we would be humbled beyond measure. Most of our program honors them on this episode, but not all of it.
Inchon Robert W. Smith US Coast Guard Band, Commander Lewis J. Buckley Symphonic Requiem, Op. 135 James Barnes US Army Concert Band, Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier Grant Them Eternal Rest Andrew Boysen, Jr. University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
The cardboard box on my porch was the first hint that I was in for some great new music. It really is like Christmas to open the package to see what is inside. In this case it was 27 new CDs straight from Mark Morette’s recording company. They were all from the Midwest Clinic in Chicago last December. A lot of this content is brand new. New music from John Mackey, Julie Giroux, David Holsinger, Ryan George, Philip Sparke are part of the program this time along with a work from Randall Thompson to delight your ears.
Shine Julie Giroux Fillmore Wind Band, James Daughters The Night Garden John Mackey Cedar Park Winds Community Band, Christopher Yee Zinphonia David Holsinger Virginia Wind Symphony, Dennis Zeisler The Wild Goose Ryan George Hiroshima Wind Orchestra, Tatsuya Shimono The Best of Rooms Randall Thompson, arr. Grant The Alabama Winds, Randall Coleman Exultation Philip Sparke The Alabama Winds, Randall Coleman Hymn for the Innocent Julie Giroux Wheaton Municipal Band, Bruce Moss
If you work at any of the Disney studios or theme parks, in any of their wide range of properties, you can say you work for the “Mouse.” In 1940 the release of Fantasia was built on what was known as a Silly Symphony. It was the story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. With that one eleven and a half minute composition by Paul Dukas, the Disney staff assembled seven other classical music favorites and along with a silhouette of Leopold Stowkoski and the Philadelphia Orchestra and wonderful animation and the first ever use of stereo sound for the two hour feature film Fantasia.
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 Johann Sebastian Bach Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble,
Mallory Thompson Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy
from “The Nutcracker Suite” P.I. Tchaikovsky US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham Trepak from “The Nutcracker Suite” P.I. Tchaikovsky, arr. Mayhew Lake US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Paul Dukas US Army Field Band,
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Holtan Adoration of the Earth
from “The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps)” Igor Stavinsky, trans. M. Patterson University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Eddie Green Night on Bald Mountain Modest Mussorgsky Stadtharmonie Zurich Oelikon-Seebach, Carlo Balmelli
When a wind band plays, it tells a musical story. There are many voices, each one expresses to the listener a melodic monologue or harmonic dialog to help describe each tale. Included in the five tales of this episode of Wind & Rhythm is the story of Haakon, a Norwegian King, and today we’ll hear the story of his saga.
The Saga of Haakon the Good Philip Sparke Nagoya University of Arts Wind Orchestra,
Jan Van der Roost Teutonic Tales for Tuba and Wind Ensemble Robert W. Smith University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds,
Ron Hufstader Viktor's Tale from “The Terminal” John Williams US Coast Guard Band, Captain Kenneth W. Megan Parable IX op. 121 Vincent Persichetti North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Barcarolle from “Tales of Hoffman” J. Offenbach Black Dyke Mills Band, John Foster
It may have grabbed my attention when I first got a chance to experience what playing in a large band was like. The sound is big, loud at times, but while the volume varies, other things are happening too. Sure, the school's band room was a good place to learn but hearing the same music in a better acoustic setting is a game changer. School gyms, and auditoria were a performer’s journey with interesting churches along the way. Along the journey I discovered that the environment had a profound effect on all of the people present.
Sanctuary Frank Ticheli Showa Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Angels in the Architecture Frank Ticheli North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Alchemy in Silent Spaces Steven Bryant Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from “Lohengrin” Richard Wagner Brass Band of Battle Creek
It appears spontaneous. One day your environment is slowly turning green and it is slow enough that you don’t see it happening but fast enough to measure the change, then suddenly, sometimes in the span of an hour the blossoms appear. The scent of the air changes and the profound change happens. Blooming is a natural phenomenon.
Bloom Steven Bryant Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz The Cherry Blossom Fantasy Hirokazu Fukushima Philhamonic Winds Osakan, Kimura Yoshihiro A Golden Apple of Hesperides Masanori Taruya Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band, Kazuhiko Komatsu Make Our Garden Grow Leonard Bernstein North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Country Gardens Percy Grainger US Military Academy Band at West Point,
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Holtan Flower Song from “Lakme” Leo Delibes, arr. Curnow Adam Frey and Scott Hartman Metropolitan Wind Symphony, James O’Dell Incidental Music from “The Flowering Peach” Alan Hovhaness Ohio State Concert Band, Keith Brion
There are four major adult wind bands that record regularly whose works have been a mainstay for us. At the beginning of our 10th season of Wind & Rhythm, we had discussions with each of them and offered to do in-kind promotions. It was an idea that was originally suggested by my friend Kim Campbell, one of the founders of what we know today as the Dallas Winds. We have their logos and links on our website and they point back to us. It is a reciprocal agreement and everyone wins! Along the way, it builds our collaboration and opens doors to better communication. You get to hear them perform more and we see the impact of their fans on our show!
English Dances, Book I, op. 27 Malcolm Arnold Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon Percy Grainger Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell Whatsoever Things Mark Camphouse Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson The Solitary Dancer Warren Benson Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols Red Tail Skirmish Bruce Yurko Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols The Wild Goose “An Gé Fhiáin” (on gay i-ah-in) Ryan George Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
In Milwaukee, while on the campus of Marquette University, I discovered a statue that made a big impression on me. Dedicated in 2002, the statue is in memory of Richard Webber who died while competing in a race on Lake Michigan. The artist, Norman Christianson, used the image of Christ with his grave clothes spiraling out from his body reaching out with his hands, which have obviously been pierced with nails. The subject of the resurrection of Jesus after three days in the grave has fascinated many artists over the years.
It was the way the artist handled the cloth that caught my attention.
Le Chant De La Resurrection Charles Koechlin Denver Brass, Lowell Graham The Sleep of the Immortal One Clark McAlister Avatar Brass Ensemble, Lowell Graham Declamation on a Hymn Tune Jack Stamp Avatar Brass Ensemble, Lowell Graham Lord of All Hopefulness Kenneth Downie Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Phillip McCann Lauds (Praise High Day) Nelson, Ron/Ron Nelson Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Gloria In Excelsis Deo Kevin Kaska Hollywood Epic Brass, Kevin Kaska O Jesus Christ, mein Leben’s Licht
“Chorale from Cantata No.118” Johan Sebastian Bach Monarch Brass, Apo Hsu Glorified David Gillingham Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Bradley Genevro Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals Sigfrid Karg-Elert Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell Salvation is Created Pavel Tschesnokoff St. Olaf Band, Timothy Mahr
Coined in 1953, the phrase Unidentified Flying Object, and its natural acronym UFO, came into our lexicon as a means to describe various inexplainable airborne “curiosities”. And while most folks inherently connect UFOs to extra-terrestrials, the three composers on this episode of Wind & Rhythm associate UFOs to the sweet-voiced “cello of the wind band”, the Euphonium with its soaring sound and inexplicably broad range.
UFO Dreams David Maslanka Utah Wind Symphony, Scott A. Hagen II. Unidentified, from “UFO” Michael Daugherty North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliano Corporon UFO Concerto Johan de Meij Banda De Lalin, Bram Sniekers
Some assume that the phrase “the luck of the Irish” means that all Irish have good luck. Others remember that the Irish had terrible luck with the potato blight and famine shook Ireland in the late 1800s. Today, with symbology like the four-leaf clover and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the image of the Irish’s luck is far more positive. Let’s enjoy the luck and the magic of the Irish spirit on this episode of Wind & Rhythm.
Irish Folk Suite J.L. Molloy, arr. Kevin Kaska Hollywood Epic Brass, Kevin Kaska Celtic Prayers Fergus O'Carrol Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Liam Daly Irish Fantasy Marc Jeanbourquin The Midwest Winds, Don Golando The Irish Blessing Joyce Ellers Bacak, arr. Stephen Bradnum Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, Garry Cutt Variations on St. Patrick’s Breastplate Dwayne Milburn Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Rose, Shamrock & Thistle John Philip Sousa Royal Artillery Band, Keith Brion Irish Tune from County Derry - Elastic Scoring Version Percy Grainger North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
When composers begin a new composition, they start with a foundation of genre, motifs, voicing, structure, meter, and key. While what they create on top that foundation is uniquely their own, the finished work is often a reflection of their experiences and learned heritage from their mentors and teachers.
This episode of Wind & Rhythm reflects on the excellence of the best cornerstones and foundations of the wind band literature.
Elegy John Barnes Chance Illinois State Wind Symphony, Stephen Steele William Byrd Suite Gordon Jacob North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Armenian Dances (Part II) Alfred Reed University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Dr. Harry Begian Chorale and Alleluia Howard Hanson US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham
I stood up in front of them without a prepared speech; it was improv. Those in the room were some of the most celebrated professionals in the conducting arts, and I was their biggest fan. Their ensembles routinely performed the most challenging wind band literature, with the utmost perfection; a testament to their podium talents. I, on the other hand, had never held a baton, nor had I had any formal conducting training. Even so, they invited me into their inner circle, as a partner. Perhaps they expected a polished, confident, ready-for-NPR segment. Instead, they heard me say, in a halting voice, that they were, simply, my heroes.
Redline Tango John Mackey Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, Joseph Missal Songs for Wind Ensemble Yo Goto Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Bradley Genevro Only Light Aaron Perrine University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Paul Popiel Circular Marches Dan Welcher US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham Mutanza James Curnow Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Liam Daly Intrada and March from “Symphonic Suite” Clifton Williams North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Mistakes happen. No one is immune from the occasional slip-up. Public gaffes are especially notable; as was case with the 2017 Best Picture Oscar announcement. It was a simple error of picking up the wrong envelope.
As we approach the annual event of celebrating the best of cinema, we can all agree that one essential ingredient that makes a movie “worthy of consideration” is its music; an intrinsic element that creates mood, energy, character presence, and emotion. On this episode of Wind & Rhythm, we celebrate the best of cinema music.
“And the Oscar goes to…”
An American in Paris George Gershwin US Army Field Band, Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier Theme from Schindler’s List John Williams Filmharmonic Brass, Dominic Derasse Wizard of Oz Overture James Barnes University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds, Ron Hufstader Adventures on Earth from “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” John Williams US Navy Band, Captain George Thompson Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Leonard Bernstein US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Theme from Jaws John Williams, arr. Charles Porter Filmharmonic Brass, Dominic Derasse
Spiritual matters are often a crossing point between personal deep thoughts, cultural perceptions, and religious teachings. On this episode of Wind & Rhythm be aware that we’re going to cast wide net, encompassing both the secular and religious perspectives.
In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst Emory Symphonic Winds, Scott A. Stewart Local Spirits from “Unfamiliar Territory” Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball And Still, the Spirit - Spirit of Sequoia Philip Sparke Johan Friso Band of the Royal Netherlands Army,
Erik van de Kolk
Spiritual from “Symphonic Songs for Band” Robert Russell Bennett Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra,
Mark Heron The Enemy God and the Dance of the Spirits of Darkness
from “Scythian Suite, Op. 20” Sergei Prokofiev US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham Spiritus Mundi from “Ecstatic Waters” (Epilogue) Steven Bryant University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin In the World of Spirits Bruce Broughton North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon When the Spirit Soars Philip Sparke Philharmonic Winds Osakan, Kimura Yoshihiro Spiritual H. Owen Reed Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Let Your Spirit Sing Julie Giroux University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
Romeo and Juliet, a love story so intense and deeply emotional that it transcends art, language, and music. Wind & Rhythm explores the tenderness and tragedy of star-crossed love in this special Valentine’s Day episode.
Selections from Suites One, Two, and Three
from Romeo and Juliet Sergey Prokofiev Eikanger-Bjorsvik Brass Band, Bjarte Engeset
Introduction, Montagues and Capulets, Morning Dances, Juliet the Young Girl, Masks, Romeo and Juliet, The Nurse, Friar Laurence, Dance, Death of Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet Before Parting, Aubade, Romeo at the Grave of Juliet, Death of Juliet
Old Romance from “Family Album” Morton Gould US Marine Band, Colonel Michael Colburn
Wind & Rhythm continues its partnership with several of the best winds bands in the world, and we encourage you to attend one or more of their live concerts to witness the finesse, power, warmth, and intimacy of a concert hall event. While there, keep an eye out for our “Partners in Performance” banners in the lobby and share your experience with us with a selfie and post on our Facebook page. Let’s all show our appreciation to their contributions to wind band performance art!
Chaconne in Memoriam... Ron Nelson Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Give Us this Day David Maslanka Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols Preludio from “Korean Dances” Chang Su Koh Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon La Procession du Roció Joaquín Turina Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Allegro Molto from "Symphony No. 2" David Maslanka Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson
As much as some hate to admit it, violence has been part of the shared human heritage from the beginning of recorded time. Even today, in some parts of the world, trying to avoid violence is a daily activity. Composer John Mackey takes violence as his theme in his challenging new work, "Antique Violences." He brings us face-to-face with the human capacity for violence.
Antique Violences: Concerto for Trumpet John Mackey Michigan State Wind Symphony,
Kevin Sedatole Jericho Rhapsody Morton Gould USAF Band of the Golden West,
Captain R. Michael Mench Music to an Imaginary Ballet from “The Warriors” Percy Aldridge Grainger US Air Force Band,
A great discovery can come about through determined, careful research, or through lucky serendipity; almost like magic. In a recent episode, Wind & Rhythm explored Archimedes' "Eureka!" moment, in which discovery occurred while pursuing an activity outside the lab; bathing, in fact. If one were to compare how many important discoveries happen in the lab to how many happen from an accidental epiphany, what would the ratio be, and how would one distinguish between what one might call a "scientific approach" and a "lucky chance”?
St. Paul's Suite Gustav Holst, arr. Philip Sparke The Central Band of The Royal Air Force,
Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Traveler David Maslanka UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie Triumph Anthony LaBounty UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie In Stillness Brian Hogg University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
Bradley Genevro Jungla Ferrer Ferren Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Long gone are the days of buying camera film and developing prints before seeing and sharing our images. Now, most of us have a high-quality camera in our pocket that delivers instant viewing and sharing gratification. A picture, made up of complex ideas or emotions, is far more effective conveying its essence than a tome describing its content. The same can be said for music.
This episode of Wind & Rhythm explores the expressive relationship between visual and musical imagery.
Picture Studies, Selections Adam Schoenberg, trans. Donald Patterson US Marine Band, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Fettig Mexican Pictures, Selections Franco Cesarini Royal Military Band of the Netherlands, Pierre Kuipers Pictures at an Exhibition, Selections Modest Mussorgsky Banda Sinfónica Juvenil Simón Bolívar, Thomas Clamor Manhattan Pictures, Selections Jan Van Der Roost Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz