No one wants to be known as the perfect fool. In 1923 when Gustav Holst wrote an opera with that name, he gave rise to the same problem. "The Perfect Fool" wasn’t popular, and it makes you wonder why the composer, who has won the hearts of wind band fans with the 1st and 2nd Suites for Military Band at the top of the charts, would write an opera. Why go where Verdi and Wagner were the champions?
Capriccio Gustav Holst Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd Suite From "The Perfect Fool", Opus 39 Gustav Holst US Marine Band, Colonel Michael Colburn Marching Song Gustav Holst North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Japanese Suite, Opus 33 Gustav Holst Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd First Suite in E-Flat Gustav Holst US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham Somerset Rhapsody Gustav Holst North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Here in the United States during the 1800's there was a belief that American settlers were destined to expand throughout the continent. They called this policy “manifest destiny” and no matter how you feel about the expansion of our settlers to the great wild west, it really happened. Horace Greeley coined the phrase “Go West Young Man,” and this week at the gathering place for people who love band music we’ll hear music that explores that fascinating time of our history.
Silverado - Overture
Bruce Broughton UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie The Cowboys
John Williams Northshore Concert Band, John Lynch Westward Ho
Rayburn Wright Canadian Brass The Vineyards of the West from
"Three Pieces for American Band"
Timothy Broege US Military Academy Band at West Point,
LTC David Detrick Prairie Overture
Robert Ward Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Stampede
Steven Bryant North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Sunrise at Angel's Gate
Philip Sparke IUP Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp
Veteran's Day has been celebrated in many different ways under several different names over the time from 1919 until now. That journey has kept many people from understanding who we are honoring. There may be many ways to study the holiday, but here on Wind & Rhythm, we honor veterans with sweet music, stirring music, exciting music - the kind of music you hear when a band plays.
Frank W. Meacham US Air Force Heritage of America Band That Others May Live
Jeremy Martin US Air Force Band of the Golden West The Contemplation of Bravery
Joseph Bertolozzi US Military Academy Band: West Point The Patriot
John Williams US Air Force Heritage of America Band, Douglas Monroe Eternal Vigilance
Robert Jager US Air Force Academy Band, Steven Grimo A Hymn for the Lost and the Living
Eric Ewazen US Coast Guard Band