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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.

 

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!

Elixir – Michael Markowski

October – Eric Whitacre

Shepherd’s Hey – Percy Grainger

Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo – Malcolm Arnold

 

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)

and more!

 

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

Divertimento – Vincent Persichetti

George Washington Bridge – William Schuman (Trae Blanco, Conductor)

The Wind Orchestra under Gary Hill will continue:

Festive Overture – Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Hunsberger

Pageant – Vincent Persichetti (conducted by me)

Symphony for Band – Paul Hindemith

 

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

Symphony no. 1 “Lord of the Rings” – Johan de Meij

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

Pineapple Poll – Sir Arthur Sullivan, arr. Sir Charles Mackerras

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

and more!

 

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 2014Summer 2014Spring 2014Fall 2013Summer 2013Spring 2013Fall 2012Summer 2012,  Spring 2012Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Spring 2011,  Fall 2010.

9 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.

  6. Slow morning here in Cleveland Tennessee and I stumbled onto your blog while I was looking for a recording of Esprit de Corps with what I considered the “correct” tempo for my wind lit kids to listen to. Good reading. You have a bunch of good stuff here. thanks for taking the time to do this.


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