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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” gmail.com.

 

Summer is here, and with it, new chances to conduct in new and familiar places.  With an academic schedule, summer also begins blissfully early, in mid-May!

 

One of the highlights of this summer is my New York trip in July, when I’ll rejoin the Columbia Summer Winds and their conductors, Bill Tonissen and Sarah Quiroz, as a guest on two of their concerts: Thursday, July 24 at 5:30pm in Union Square Park, and Saturday, July 26 at 1pm in the Central Park Bandshell, part of a series of Americana concerts, featuring:

American Overture for Band – Joseph Wilcox Jenkins

Sea of Fury – Jim Territo

Spoon River – Percy Grainger

Old Home Days – Charles Ives

Turkey in the Straw – Michael Markowski (featuring me as guest conductor)

The Cowboys – John Williams

Buckaroo Holiday – Aaron Copland, arr. Megan (featuring me as guest conductor)

Hoedown – Aaron Copland, arr. Hilliard

America the Beautiful – Samuel Augustus Ward, arr. Carmen Dragon

The Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa

 

Ahead of that, in June, I’ll travel to two Texas schools for the first time to participate in their conducting workshops.  First comes the University of North Texas Conductors Collegium starting on June 9, featuring Eugene Corporon and Craig Kirchhoff as clinicians.  I’ll have the opportunity to conduct Dana Wilson’s Speak to Me in a concert, with three days of rehearsal preceding.  I’ll then go directly to the University of Texas Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsal Workshop, with clinicians Jerry Junkin, Richard Floyd, and H. Robert Reynolds.  This one features a variety of repertoire across the week:

Octet – Igor Stravinsky

Serenade in E-flat, op. 7 – Richard Strauss

Gran Partita – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Lincolnshire Posy – Percy Grainger

March from Symphonic Metamorphosis – Paul Hindemith, arr. Keith Wilson

O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen, arr. H. Robert Reynolds

Three Chorale Preludes – William Latham

Trauermusik – Richard Wagner, ed. Votta/Boyd

 

My first stop was the New York City area, where I re-connected with some of my great friends and worked with their bands.  I started on May 27 in the Grand Street Campus High School with Jeff Ball and Jasmine Britt, whose wind ensemble was playing:

Second Suite in F – Gustav Holst

The Hobbits – Johan de Meij

I also worked with their symphonic band, which was very jazzed about playing:

Sinfonia VI – Timothy Mahr

Among other things.  I stuck around until that evening for the Brooklyn Wind Symphony rehearsal.  They were preparing a concert of movie-themed music, but they had me in to conduct a recording session on Michael Markowski’s new grade 2 piece, The Cave You Fear.

That night, I arranged with Jennifer Schechter to visit her middle school in Queens.  What a treat that was!  They were working on an EXCELLENT arrangement of Pomp and Circumstance for their graduation.

Later in the week on May 30, I traveled up to White Plains High School to work with my great friend Bill Tonissen and his students.  They were preparing an end-of-year pops concert, with the music selected by the students:

Chicago – John Kander, arr. Victor Lopez

Music from The Incredibles – Michael Giacchino. arr. Jay Bocook

Night on Fire – John Mackey

Carry on Wayward Son – Kerry Livgren, arr. Paul Murtha

 

Amidst all of this, I have continued preparing for my role as conducting TA at Arizona State University in the fall, which will include an appearance with the Wind Ensemble and my own recital with the Wind Orchestra, plus my continued research into symphonies for winds.  All told, I will be very busy for most of the summer!

 

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

8 Comments

  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.

    Michel
    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 windbandwonderland.wordpress.com, feedback is appreciated, it’s sill a new project. I look forward to hearing more great music from you.


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