Category Archives: I’m with the (Concert) Band

By concert band I also mean: Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Wind Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Orchestra, Military Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, ect.

History of the Wind Band

The Wind Band (aka Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony or a whole lot of other names) is a relatively young group compared to other performing groups, but its roots go back farther than you might expect. The … Continue reading

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Maslanka: Symphony 9

  Continuing in the tradition of magnificent 9th symphonies, David Maslanka, only a few years ago wrote his 9th. I don’t know of any composer who has written as many large scale symphonic works for band as Maslanka, and no … Continue reading

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Maslanka: Symphony 2

I recently thought when I was browsing through the internet trying to find (and being unable to find) discussion/opinion on various pieces not deeply entrenched in the public’s ears, “Hey, there may be other people like me, so maybe I … Continue reading

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Textures and Joy: Ron Nelson

I’m not terribly sure how I feel about the music of Ron Nelson. I don’t know what to make of him. I want to like it; it has everything I like in music: strong rhythmic drive, rich harmony, power, but … Continue reading

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Sam Hazo: Mr. Eyebrows

First off, a note on the title of this post. Two years ago Sam Hazo visited the All-State festival I was at. He conducted the teacher band in a program mostly consisting of his music, and some other band classics. … Continue reading

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Conductors don’t talk

My band director referred me to the above recording of Maslanka 4 last week or so. So, I watched it. It’s the Texas All-State Symphonic Band, it has to automatically kick ass. The interpretation wasn’t so great. It was entirely … Continue reading

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David Maslanka: Meditation and Concert Band

  David Maslanka is probably one of the biggest names in band music today, with Ticheli, Mackey, and Whitacre (who is by far, the most handsome, maybe the most attractive serious musician ever, but I digress). But I think he … Continue reading

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