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Welcome to my blog!  I write about music for winds in all its forms, from chamber music to huge symphonic works, from beginning band to professional level.  This is not a comprehensive repertoire site, rather musings and resources on music that I’ve conducted or that I admire.  If you’re looking for something specific, you can search or browse the categories below.  Also, feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments: misterpease “at”


This fall I begin my second and final year as a doctoral student at Arizona State University.  In addition to taking classes, I am guest conducting with both the Wind Ensemble (undergraduate music majors) and Wind Orchestra (graduate performance students) here.  I am also teaching one section of undergraduate conducting alongside my mentor, Gary Hill.  Additionally, I am the trombone tech for ASU’s Sun Devil Marching Band, directed by James Hudson.  On top of all of this, I am continuing my research into symphonies for winds and beginning the process of applying for my first full-time college teaching job.  Easy-Pease-y!


The ASU band season kicks off with a 50th anniversary tribute to Gammage Auditorium on September 23.  This is especially meaningful for the band at ASU, since Gammage was the venue for the CBDNA national conference in 1964, when the auditorium was brand new.  For this concert, the Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Gary Hill, will play:

Sinfonietta – Ingolf Dahl

and other pieces played at the CBDNA conference

This year begins a 2-year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ASU bands.  The bands will look back at the past 100 years one decade at a time.  The first of these concerts happens on October 7, when the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra will team up for a Tribute to the 60s under Gary Hill’s baton.  The repertoire is set to include a reprise of the Dahl Sinfonietta, plus:

Fiesta del Pacifico – Roger Nixon

Fantasia – Johann Sebastian Bach

Elegy for a Young American – Ronald Lo Presti

Incantation and Dance – John Barnes Chance (conducted by me)


The Wind Orchestra moves on to the 70s with its November 5 concert: “The 70s: Looking Back, Looking Forward”:

Sweelinck Variations – David Noon

…and the mountains rising nowhere – Joseph Schwantner

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble – Frank Ticheli, featuring ASU saxophone professor Chris Creviston


The Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will follow with a 70s show of their own on November 25:

Concert Band (directed by graduate students Trae Blanco and Seph Coates):


Wind Ensemble:

Armenian Dances, Part 1 – Alfred Reed (conducted by Seph Coates)

Slava! – Leonard Bernstein (conducted by Trae Blanco)

Dog Breath Variations – Frank Zappa (conducted by Serena Weren)


On December 2, I will present my doctoral conducting recital with the Wind Orchestra.  Check this space in the future in information on streaming that concert!  I am conducting a very exciting program of large chamber works that offer very different perspectives on the 1940s.  The concert is called “Shades of Black”, and it features:

Symphonietta – Willem van Otterloo

Ebony Concerto – Igor Stravinsky (soloist TBA)


Looking for a recap?  Here they are in abundance: Summer 2014Spring 2014Fall 2013Summer 2013Spring 2013Fall 2012Summer 2012,  Spring 2012Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Spring 2011,  Fall 2010.


  1. Is it okay to place part of this in my personal site if I submit a reference to this site?

  2. Hi Andy,

    Could you maby contact me via my e-mail? I have some questions about “Overture” from Dancer in the Dark and Lux Aurumque. I would like to play them pieces with my brass ensemble but dont know where to buy them.

    Thanks in advance.

    The Netherlands

    • Michel – please use my e-mail address, listed at the top of the page, to get in touch. Yours isn’t showing up. Thanks!

  3. hey mr. pease i am a student from the all county band 1 trombone , how do we listen to our peices???

    sincerely Finlay Boardma

    • Hi Finlay – if you’ve made it this far, just click on the titles of the pieces above. I tend to hide the recordings towards the bottom of each post, so be sure to scroll down. Enjoy!

  4. Hey. I wish you lots of luck with ur new job and house. It should be with lots of success and it should a happy and healthy one for your family. Remember if you have any questions about the NYC subway or Amtrak, that’s Chaim Bamberger at your service. Please email me some time. Thank you. Lots of luck. Chaim Bamberger class of 2007

  5. Hey Andy My name is Elizabeth. I’m English I really like your blog, Just listened to Alligator Alley by Michael Daugherty. Awesome bassoon feature. I write a blog dedicated to wind band music as well. It’s more a site for people to discover wind band music than professionals and conductors to find music to play. I’m trying to research the history of wind band music compositions but I keep hitting dead ends. Do you happen to know anything about it or good places to go to find out? I have found books on history of wind bands themselves but not the actual music of the 20th century, the music that
    influenced Philip Sparke, Johan de Meij etc, where modern wind band music originated from. If you could point me in the right direction I’d be very grateful, if not then don’t worry. Do check my blog out if you can at, feedback is appreciated, it’s sill a new project. I look forward to hearing more great music from you.

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