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Category: Wind band music

Statue of Gustav Holst

Holst Suite Showdown: First vs. Second

British composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934) paved the way for modern concert band music. Other composers had written for groups of wind and percussion instruments before (sometimes called “bands”), but Holst’s two suites for military...

String of festive lights

Ring In the New Year With This Classic Tune

As with any year, 2016 had its ups and downs. I feel I’ve grown musically thanks to opportunities I’ve had, and look forward to continuing on that journey in 2017. I’m happy with the...

Dandelions. CC0 Public Domain license.

Music Appreciation: Early One Morning by Percy Grainger

Well, I didn’t intend to miss all of July (and most of August…). Sorry about that. Between band and travel, July simply flew by in a flash and August has been time to regroup....

Pikes Peak

Music Appreciation: America the Beautiful by Carmen Dragon

I was having a hard time figuring out which piece to discuss next, so I decided to talk about one of Hubby’s favorite pieces: “America the Beautiful” as arranged by Carmen Dragon (1914-1984). I...

Cuernavaca, Mexico

Music Appreciation: Cuernavaca by Joseph Willcox Jenkins

Throughout the course of this blog, I’ve talked a lot about my college music experience. I was recently reminded of something else from that era when I saw the music for “Cuernavaca” by Joseph...

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