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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 spring, I continue my DMA studies in wind conducting at Arizona State University. I will study primarily with Gary Hill and Wayne Bailey, but I will also work Timothy Russell, William Reber, and David Schildkret.   Here’s a look at what’s being played by the bands at ASU, plus some additional projects I’m involved with:

The semester starts with the combined forces of the Wind Orchestra and about half of the Wind Ensemble going to the Arizona Music Educators Association conference on January 31.  They are playing Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy under the direction of Gary Hill.

2 days later on February 2, Serena Weren will have her doctoral conducting recital, which includes the Stravinsky Octet and the Octandre of Edgard Varese.

10 days later, Serena and I and the orchestral conducting TAs will conduct the Concert of Soloists, featuring the winners of the ASU School of Music’s Concerto Competition with full orchestra/band:

Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra – Henri Tomasi, conducted by me

Concertino for Tuba and Wind Orchestra – Rolf Wilhelm, conducted by Serena Weren

and more!


The Concert Band, under my direction, will have its first concert on March 1, playing outdoors (4pm, at the Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, to be precise).  I call it “A Sunny Afternoon”, and it will include the following:

Black Horse Troop – John Philip Sousa

Country Gardens – Percy Grainger

Alligator Alley – Michael Daugherty

Music for Shakespeare – Edward Green, arr. Pease

Cowboy Rhapsody – Morton Gould

West Side Story Selection – Leonard Bernstein, arr. Duthoit

Fandango – Frank Perkins, arr. Werle


The Wind Ensemble (under Wayne Bailey) and Wind Orchestra (under Gary Hill) together will present “Under the Influence” on March 4, featuring music influenced by other music.  Selections will include:

Wind Ensemble:

Chimes of Liberty – Edwin Franko Goldman

If Thou Be Near – JS Bach

Impercynations – Steven Bryant, conducted by me

Blue Shades – Frank Ticheli

Wind Orchestra:

Variants on a Medieval Tune – Norman Dello Joio, conducted by Serena Weren

The Frozen Cathedral – John Mackey

Gone – Scott McAllister

Point Blank – Paul Dooley


On March 15, Gary Hill will conduct Mozart’s Gran Partita KV 361 (370a) at the CBDNA West/Northwest conference in Reno with an ASU chamber ensemble made up of performance faculty and top students.

On April 17, the Wind Orchestra will host John Mackey, Steven Bryant, and Joe Alessi for “Carnival V: Concertos”:

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone – John Mackey

Concerto for Wind Ensemble – Steven Bryant


On April 22, the Wind Ensemble (under Wayne Bailey) and Concert Band (under me) will present “Wet Ink”, featuring wind band music written in the last 3 years:

Wind Ensemble:

Xerxes – John Mackey, conducted by me

Rest – Frank Ticheli

The Three Embraces – Carter Pann

Concert Band:

Jalan-jalan di Singapura (Singapore Walkabout March) – Yasuhide Ito

City Trees – Michael Markowski

Crypto-Atlas – Chris Lamb

Les Cités obscures – Benoît Chantry


Also, there are now recaps galore: Fall 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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