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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...

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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....

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

Music Appreciation: Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance

Let’s return to the band world and talk about one of the staples of the repertoire, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance. I’ve had the opportunity to play this several...

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Music Appreciation: Shepherd’s Hey by Percy Grainger

Grainger again? Yes. I do have a reason for this. The last piece I discussed was Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, a gorgeous setting of the tune most of us know as “Danny...

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