You know, this is nearly impossible. When I plan episodes of Wind & Rhythm, all I have to do is dream up a theme, find the right amount of music that has some reason to be heard together, oh wait. Maybe it isn’t exactly easy, but when we’re celebrating another year on the air there isn’t a guiding thematic concept. And, all of the music over 48 episodes is special. So, I filtered my search by choosing only new music never heard on Wind & Rhythm in the previous 6 seasons to bring you some of the favorites from our year together.
Photos of young military pilots standing next to their planes always seem to feature a gaze on the face of the pilots that is unmistakeable. They are so eager to strap in and get off the runway that they seem to exerting a tremendous amount of self restraint just to keep their feet on the ground. Their minds are seemingly unattached from their bodies as they preflight what will be another adventure. Have you ever noticed that? And maybe I don’t even have to ask if you wished you could change places with them.
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 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
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,
New Year’s resolutions are a tool for “futurecasting”, to look forward and consider what could happen. Musicians know if they don’t practice they could play at the wrong moment, in the wrong key, or maybe even a wrong note or rhythm. Practice is the key to being prepared, and being prepared for the New Year is all part of a New Year’s resolution.
Symphony in E-Flat - I. Fanfare (after Copland) Shafer Mahoney Illinois Wind Symphony, James F. Keene Procession of the Academics David Maslanka University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony,
Andrew Boysen, Jr. Sails of Time David R. Gillingham Philharmonic Winds Osakan, David R. Gillingham Thus Spake Zarathustra Strauss, Richard/Hindsley University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Dr. Harry Begian
There is a community of people in the US that show an amazing capacity to hear the words honor, duty, and sacrifice and then act on those thoughts and meanings on behalf of everyone else. We see it idealized in movies and television, but the attitudes of the veterans of our military forces aren’t all wrapped up in the characters everyone can see on screen.