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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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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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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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Karel Husa, or how to make concert band socially relevant

My first experience with the music of Karel Husa was a sort of trial by fire. Freshman year I had joined an honors wind ensemble, and one of the first pieces we played was “Music for Prague 1968”. My little … Continue reading

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