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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...

A photograph of the Crystal Lake Community Band performing in concert on June 12, 2012

Travel to the Boston Food Fair With a Favorite Sousa March

Summer band concert season is in full swing this week, so what better time to talk about a piece by the “March King” himself? While John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) wrote an incredible number of...

Ireland countryside

Listen to the Best Rendition of a Famous Irish Tune

It’s arguably the most famous Irish song. Ever. Most people know Irish Tune from County Derry as “Danny Boy” (or even “Londonderry Air”). While there are certainly some wretched versions out there that make...

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