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This spring is a big one. I expect to finish up my doctoral work at Arizona State University and get my degree in May! In the meantime, I will be conducting some with ASU ensembles and doing an honor band in Rockland County, NY. I will continue to work with my conducting mentors, primarily Gary Hill and Wayne Bailey. I will also be cranking out my DMA thesis: a catalog of symphonies for band.
On February 6 and 7, I will be in Rockland County, NY to conduct their Senior All-County Band. We will be playing some great rep!
Back at ASU, the concert season kicks off with the annual Concert of Soloists by the ASU Symphony Orchestra on February 4. It’s not a band concert, but it’s worth mentioning because of all the talent packed into one evening.
Overture to Magic Flute – W. A. Mozart (conducted by Cullan Lucas)
Romeo and Juliet – P. I. Tchaikovsky (conducted by Junghwan Kwon)
Blue Amberol – Chris Lamb (conducted by Cullan Lucas)
Saxophone Concerto – Henri Tomasi (Tyler Flowers, alto sax, conducted by Trae Blanco)
Percussion Concerto – Joseph Schwantner (Bryan Hummel, percussion, conducted by me)
Violin Concerto – Bela Bartok (conducted by Seph Coats)
The ASU band season gets underway the following evening. We are in the midst of celebrating “ASU Bands at 100!” by playing music from each decades that the bands have existed. The fun begins on February 5, with “The Fabulous 50s!” The Wind Ensemble under Wayne Bailey starts it off:
Air for Band – Frank Erickson
George Washington Bridge – William Schuman (Trae Blanco, Conductor)
The Wind Orchestra under Gary Hill will continue:
Pageant – Vincent Persichetti (conducted by me)
Next up with those same two groups is “War and Peace – the 40s and the 80s” on March 3. Starting with Wind Ensemble, the repertoire includes:
The Immovable Do – Percy Grainger (Seph Coates, conductor)
On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss – David Holsinger
And Wind Orchestra:
Smetana Fanfare – Karel Husa
Ballad for Band – Morton Gould (Trae Blanco, conductor)
Winds of Nagual – Michael Colgrass
The Wind Orchestra takes a solo turn in “From the Great Depression to the Digital Age – the 30s and the 90s” on April 8 with some wonderful repertoire:
Outdoor Overture – Aaron Copland (conducted by Seph Coates)
Suite Française – Francis Poulenc
Desi – Michael Daugherty
Funeral Music for Queen Mary – Henry Purcell, arr. Steven Stucky
Finally, on April 14, the Wind Ensemble gives Wayne Bailey a semi-retirement sendoff with a concert of his “Favorite Things”, which include:
George Washington Bicentennial March – J. P. Sousa
Valdres – Johannes Hansen
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral – Richard Wagner
Second Concerto for Clarinet – Carl Maria von Weber
They will be joined by the ASU Concert Band under Trae Blanco and Seph Coats. Their repertoire for the semester includes:
Scenes from the Louvre – Norman Dello Joio
Original Suite – Gordon Jacob
The Hounds of Spring – Alfred Reed
Three Ayres from Gloucester – Hugh Stuart
Finally, the Wind Orchestra will round out the season with a faculty-student collaboration on large chamber pieces:
Sonatina/Symphony “The Happy Workshop” – Richard Strauss
La Creation du monde – Darius Milhaud
Looking for a recap? Here they are in abundance: Fall 2014, Summer 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010.