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