What’s the best way to enjoy a cold, frosty day? Listening to wind band music, of course, from a nice warm radio, and some hot cocoa. We’ll Slalom around Snow Caps in The Snowstorm to watch Evening Snow fall on The Frozen Cathedral, all portrayed by vigorous winds (and brass).
Suite from "The Snowstorm" Mvt 1: Troika Georgii Vasilyevich Sviridov US Air Force Band of the Rockies, Colonel H. Bruce Gilkes In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst University of North Texas Wind Symphony,
Eugene Migliaro Corporon Kebek (Rhapsodie Boréale) - Mvt 2. Winter Jan Van der Roost Harmonie de Charlesbourg, François Dorion Snow Caps Richard Saucedo Midwest Wind Ensemble, Jodie Lin Slalom Carter Pann Showa Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Winter Dances - Mvt 2. December Fergal Carroll Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd Symphony No. IV: Bookmarks from Japan Mvt 5. Evening Snow at Kambara "Light is the Touch” Julie Giroux San Jose Wind Symphony, Edward C. Harris The Frozen Cathedral John Mackey University of North Texas Wind Symphony,
Eugene Migliaro Corporon
What are you thankful for this season? Is it family? Friends? Music? This week on Wind & Rhythm, we count our many Thanks Aplenty in wind band performances.
We Gather Together Eduard Kremser Hollywood Epic Brass, Kevin Kaska
American Hymnsong Suite Mvt 1. Prelude: "What Wondrous Love Is This" Mvt 2. Ballad: "Balm in Gilead" Mvt 3. Scherzo: "Nettleton" Mvt 4. March: “Wilson" Dwayne Milburn North Texas University Wind Symphony,
Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Give Us This Day Mvt 1. Moderately Slow Mvt 2. Very Fast David Maslanka Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols
The Irish Blessing Joyce Ellers Bacak; arr. Stephen Bradnum Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band, Garry Cutt From Whom All Blessings Flow Ed Huckeby The Washington Winds, Edward Petersen With a Little Help from My Friends Paul McCartney/John Lennon Canadian Brass Symphony No. 4 "American Visionary" - Mvt. 2: Family Dan Welcher University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin Strike Up the Band George Gershwin Canadian Brass
What reminds you of an Autumn day? The crispness in the air? The color changes in the leaves? Here are expressive songs of the season which explore how wind band composers invoke colors in melody and sound.
Fall River Overture Robert Sheldon Washington Winds, Edward Petersen Yosemite Autumn Mark Camphouse Illinois Honors Band, Eugene Corporon Kebek (Rhapsodie Boréale) - L'automne Dans la Forêt Jan Van Der Roost Harmonie de Charlesbourg, François Dorion Shenandoah Frank Ticheli Michigan State University Wind Symphony,
John Whitwell Autumn Dream Archibald Joyce Exemplanry Orchestra of Interior Forces of USSR,
Victor Makarov Autumn Leaves Joseph Kosma; arr. Richard Perry Symphonia, R. Winston Morris In These Last Days of Autumn Randall Standridge Kell High School Wind Ensemble, David Roth October Eric Whitacre Columbus State University Wind Ensemble,
In honor of the US midterm elections, we invited listeners to vote on what they wanted to hear on the broadcast. It turns out our listeners have amazing taste in band music. From all over the world they cast their favorites, and we have our winners for our first listeners’ choice program.
Procession of the Nobles Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Empire Brass Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes
of Carl Maria von Weber III. Andantino Paul Hindemith University of North Texas Wind Symphony,
Eugene Migliaro Corporon
My Brother's Brain III. The Hymn of Forgiving Carter Pann Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble,
Mallory Thompson Wedding Dance Jacques Press University of Arkansas Wind Symphony, W. Dale Warren Candide Overture Leonard Bernstein US Air Force Band, Arnold Gabriel Pictures at an Exhibition I. Promenade IV. Il Vecchio Castello (The Old Castle) XIII. Catacombe (Sepulcrum Romanum) XIV. Cum Mortuis in Lingua Mortua Modest Mussorgsky Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd Sasparilla John Mackey University of North Texas Wind Symphony,
Eugene Migliaro Corporon The Stars and Stripes Forever John Philip Sousa US Marine Band, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Kline
Be honest, have you ever gotten chills just from hearing the wind howl? What about a wind band wail? This week on Wind & Rhythm, we’ve got a particularly spooky show with oodles of things that go bump in the night.
Ghost Train Triptych: I. The Ride Eric Whitacre Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz The Cave You Fear Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball
The Lord of the Rings, IV. Journey in the dark:
A. The Mines of Moria / B. The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm Johan de Meij Amsterdam Wind Orchestra, Arie Van Beek Graceful Ghost Rag William Bolcom North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Les catacombes de Pompei Florence Collin Orchestre d'harmonie de la Charente Maritime Darklands Legends, III. The Queen's Masque Randall Standridge North Shore Wind Ensemble, Kevin Sedatole The Haunter of the Dark Franco Cesarini Johan Willem Friso Military Band Beetlejuice Danny Elfman Brass Band de Bazuin Oenkerk, Klaas van der Woude Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban John Williams Denver Brass Monsters Inc. Randy Newman Brass Band Willebroek
We are on a listening trip, East, around the world this episode of Wind & Rhythm. We’ll hear compositions “Libertango” by Piazzolla, “Pines of the Appian Way” by Respighi, “Theme from ‘Lawrence of Arabia’” by Jarre, “Dragon Rhyme” by Chen Yi, and more.
Danzon No. 2 Arturo Marquez; arr. O. Nickel UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie Libertango Astor Piazzolla Harmonie De Charlesbourg, François Dorion Africa: Ceremony, Song, and Ritual Robert Smith Harmonie De Charlesbourg, François Dorion Four Scottish Dances, Mvt. II Malcolm Arnold US Army Field Band, Finley Hamilton The Pines of the Appian Way Ottorino Respighi, arr. Snell Fountain City Brass Band, Joseph Parisi Theme from "Lawrence of Arabia” Maurice Jarre, arr. Reed US Air Force Band of Mid-America,
Captain Donald Schofield, Jr. Galop from "Moscow, Cheryomushki” Dmitri Shostakovich Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, Joseph Missal Dragon Rhyme I. Mysteriously - Harmoniously II. Energetically Chen Yi Cal State University Fullerton Wind Symphony,
Mitchell Fennell A Quiet Journey Home Ayatey Shabazz The Washington Winds, Edward Petersen
This episode of Wind & Rhythm celebrates the 243rd birthday of the US Navy. On October 13, 1775 the US Navy was established and we commemorate the occasion with nautical-themed selections performed by the US Navy Band. From whales to victory at sea, fair winds and following seas, drink to the foam until we meet once more. Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.
Over the Whale's Acre Andrew Skaggs, conducted by Captain Brian Walden Overture to "The Flying Dutchman” Richard Wagner, conducted by Captain Ralph Gambone Liberty Fanfare John Williams
conducted by Commander Ralph Gambone Blue Jackets on Parade Edwin Franko Goldman
conducted by Captain George Thompson Victory at Sea Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett Songs of Sailor and Sea Suite Robert W. Smith 1. Sea Chanty 2. Whale Song 3. Racing the Yankee Clipper Seawolf March John William Middendorf II, conducted by John Pastin Eternal Father, Strong to Save John Bacchus Dykes Seawolf March John William Middendorf II, conducted by John Pastin
This week on Wind & Rhythm we celebrate music by female wind band composers. We spotlight selections by Alex Shapiro, Shirley Mier, Valerie Coleman, Bjork, Carolyn Bremer, and more.
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 Joan Tower St. Olaf Band, Timothy Mahr Maiden Voyage Shirley Mier University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Dennis Fisher Liquid Compass Alex Shapiro DePauw University Band, Craig Paré To Keep Thine Honor Bright Anne McGinty US Military Academy Band: West Point Terpsichorean Dances Jodie Blackshaw University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Dennis Fisher Mysterium Jennifer Higdon Emory Symphonic Winds, Scott A. Stewart Red Clay & Mississippi Delta Valerie Coleman Imani Winds Overture Björk studio ensemble, Vincent Mendoza Early Light Carolyn Bremer US Air Force Heritage of America Band, Major Larry Lang
What do you get when you cross classical music with jazz? This week on Wind & Rhythm, we feature music from the Third Stream, a hybrid of jazz and classical music
Three City Blocks Mvt I, Fervent and Resolute Mvt II, Tough, Driving Mvt III, With Relentless Energy John Harbison US Air Force Band, Alan Bonner Suite for Wind Quintet Mvt I, Prelude Mvt II, Blues Mvt III, Toccata Gunther Schuller US Army Field Band: The Pentagon Winds Dog Breath Variations Frank Zappa University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, Glen D. Price Piece of Mind, Mvt IV, Being Dana Wilson Cincinnati Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon The Children’s Hour of Dream Charles Mingus ad hoc ensemble, Gunther Schuller Blue Shades Frank Ticheli North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon
This week’s program features music and interview snippets from the man who has literally written the book(s) on wind band. As Conductor Emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Frank Batisti expanded the wind band front lines over his 61-year career. We’ll hear a playlist he chose especially for this program, along with him sharing interesting tidbits about this music.
Celebration Edward Gregson New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble Variations on a Shaker Melody Aaron Copland New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble Down a Country Lane Aaron Copland New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble Funeral Music for "Queen Mary" after Purcell Steven Stucky New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble The Winds of Nagual Michael Colgrass New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble Suite No. 1 in Eb; Mvt. II: Intermezzo Gustav Holst International Youth Wind Orchestra Suite No. 1 in Eb; Mvt. III: March Gustav Holst International Youth Wind Orchestra
Wind & Rhythm salutes the US Air Force bands. 2018 marks the 71st birthday of the US Air Force and we'll hear from a wide range of bands from across the country; some playing songs specially commissioned just for them. Join us as we musically fly off into the Wild Blue Yonder.
Those Magnificent Airmen and Their Flying Machines Ron Goodwin, arr. TSgt Larry MacTaggart US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham Liminal John Mackey US Air Force Band, Colonel Larry H. Lang
Prism Master Sergeant Steve Shafer US Air Force Band of the Rockies, Bruce Gilkes Beyond Wataru Hokoyama US Air Force Band of Liberty, Colonel Larry H. Lang joyRIDE Michael Markowski US Air Force Band, Colonel Larry H. Lang To the Edge of Space Patrick Sheridan and Sam Pilafian US Air Force Band of Mid-America, Captain Donald Schofield, Jr. A View from the Heavens from “Flight" Eric Ewazen US Air Force Band, Colonel Larry H. Lang Windsprints Richard L. Saucedo US Air Force Academy Band, Lieutenant Colonel Larry H. Lang The Air Force Hymn Henry Baker US Air Force Band of Liberty, Colonel Larry H. Lang Rolling Thunder Henry Fillmore US Air Force Band, Alan Bonner
If your idea of the perfect instrument involves a long tube with lots of keys, have we got a show for you. This week on Wind & Rhythm, we take a special look at the woodwind section. Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets, Bassoons, and Saxophones all share in the limelight.
Clarinet Candy Leroy Anderson US Air Force Band, Leroy Anderson Umoja Valerie Coleman Imani Winds Pavane Gabriel Fauré US Army Field Band: Chamber Winds Concerto for Clarinet Artie Shaw, ed. Tory Sherrod North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet & Band,
Mvt IV: Badinerie William Bolcom University of Michigan Symphony Band, Michael Haithcock Summer Music, for wind quintet, Op. 31,
Mvts: I, II, IV, V, IV Samuel Barber Myers, Robinson, Drucker, Le Clair, Baxtresser Alligator Alley Michael Daugherty North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliano Corporon Molly on the Shore Percy Grainger, ed. Larry Clark US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Tico Tico Zequinha Abreu Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell
We start off our 11th season with a quick look back of our favorite selections over the past decade of Wind & Rhythm with a retrospective of the best of the best wind band music.
Second Suite in F Gustav Holst US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham I: "March" II: "Song Without Words" III: "Song of the Blacksmith" IV: "Fantasia on the ‘Dargason'"
Salvation is Created Pavel Tschesnokoff St. Olaf Band, Timothy Mahr Beachcomber Clive Richardson Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell March of the Steel Men Charles Belsterling Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell El Capitan John Philip Sousa University of Michigan Symphony Band, H Robert Reynolds Arrival Platform Humlet Percy Aldridge Grainger Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, Joseph Missal Lord of All Hopefulness Kenneth Downie Freckleton Band, Paul Dalton Chester William Schuman Cincinnati Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon The Gail Dougie MacLean Fountain City Brass Band, Joseph Parisi Rest Frank Ticheli Ohio State Wind Symphony, Russel C. Mikkelson
This week we look at the music of Julie Giroux and listen as she talks about her compositions. She has written and orchestrated extensively for wind bands, television, movies, and video games. You may have heard her work on the TV show North and South, or in the movies Broadcast News, Karate Kid part 2, White Men Can’t Jump, or Masters of the Universe, just to name a few.
To Walk with Wings US Air Force Band of the Rockies, Colonel H. Bruce Gilkes Riften Wed US Air Force Band, Colonel Larry Lang Khan University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
from Symphony No. IV: Bookmarks from Japan I. Fuji-San - "Mt. Fuji” University of North Texas Symphonic Band,
Alan Sierichs III. The Great Wave off Kanagawa - "The Life of One Wave” University of North Texas Symphonic Band,
Bruce Gilkes IV. Kinryu-Zan Sensoji - "Thunder Gate” University of North Texas Symphonic Band,
Lowell Graham VI. Hakone - “Drifting” University of North Texas Symphonic Band,
Overture in Five Flat University of North Texas Symphonic Band,
Lowell Graham Shine University of North Texas Symphonic Band,
Do you ever wonder what all those musicians standing at the back of bands do during the concert? This week on Wind & Rhythm, we’ll explore the “rhythm” side of our show by featuring the percussion section. It’ll be standing room only for a show that can’t be, well, beat.
Concerto for Marimba & Wind Ensemble,
Mvt 1: Greetings Ney Rosauro University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Gary Green Incantation and Dance John Barnes Chance USAF Heartland of America Band, Major Kelly G. Bledsoe Concerto for Percussion, Mvt. 3: Ritmico con brio Joseph Schwantner University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, Glenn D. Price Grand Serenade for an Awful lot of Winds & Percussion, Mvt. 4, Rondo Mucho Grando "PDQ Bach" (a.k.a. Peter Schickele) Turtle Mountain Naval Base Tactical Wind Ensemble,
Lowell Graham Concertino for Four Percussion and Wind Ensemble David Gillingham Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble,
Joseph Missal Not Here, But There David Heuser University of Houston Percussion Ensemble,
Blake Wilkins Concerto for Marimba & Wind Ensemble,
Mvt 4: Farewell Ney Rosauro University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Gary Green
Have you ever heard a musical performance that left you wondering, “How did they do that?” This week on Wind & Rhythm, we’ll listen to virtuoso performances of both ensembles and soloists. We may not figure out how they create such astonishing music, but we’ll sure enjoy it!
Flight of the Bumblebee Rimsky-Korsakov Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger Blue Bells of Scotland Arthur Pryor University of New Mexico Wind Symphony,
Eric Rombach-Kendall Joseph Alessi, trombone
Black Dog Scott McAlister North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon Mark Nuccio, clarinet Concert Etude, Op. 49 Alexander Goedicke Alison Balsom, trumpet Tom Poster, piano Toccata and Fugue J.S. Bach, arr. Hunsberger Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger Fnugg Blue Øystein Baadsvik and Svein Henrik Giske Sweedish Wind Ensemble, Christian Lindberg Øystein Baadsvik, tuba Carnival of Venice Jean-Baptiste Arban Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger Wynton Marsalis, trumpet Stars and Stripes Forever John Philip Sousa Canadian Brass
This week on Wind & Rhythm, it’s music about fire, fireworks, firestorm, fire dance, and fiery birds. We’ll hear John Mackey’s “Kingfishers Catch Fire,” “Firework” by Jan van der Roost, Steven Reineke’s “Goddess of Fire”, and more performed by top-notch wind bands from across the U.S. and England.
Firework! Jan Van der Roost Northern Illinois Wind Ensemble, Steven Squires Firestorm Steven Bulla US Army Band, Captain Thomas Palmatier Firedance Guy Woolfenden Birmingham Symphonic Winds, Guy Woolfenden Ritual Fire Dance Manuel de Falla Empire Brass Spitfire Fugue William Walton Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Kingfishers Catch Fire John Mackey Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Wind Symphony, John Bell Goddess of Fire Steven Reineke Washington Winds, Edward Petersen The Firebird Suite Igor Stravinsky US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham
Come and take a musical journey with us as we look at cities, big and small, that have inspired great music. We'll hear music from Percy Grainger, Jeff Tyzik, Leonard Bernstein and more while on this tuneful trip, here at the gathering place for people who love band music.
Blue Lake Overture John Barnes Chance Illinois State Wind Symphony, Stephen Steele Three Dance Episodes from "On the Town” Leonard Bernstein US Air Force Band, Colonel Larry Lang Rocky Point Holiday Ron Nelson Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Traffic Jammin' from "New York Cityscape” Jeff Tyzik Canadian Brass, Eastman Wind Ensemble Colonial Song Percy Aldridge Grainger US Military Academy Band: West Point,
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Holtan Fever from "Lost Vegas” Michael Daugherty UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie Tulsa Don Gills US Air Force Band, Arnold Bonner
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,