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Wind Band Literature takes a close look at the best of the wind band repertoire, from chamber music to huge symphonic works, from beginning band to professional level. It is not a comprehensive repertoire site, but rather a collection of resources compiled and created by conductor Andy Pease.  These are tools to share with students and colleagues to help enhance understanding of what makes the music we play so powerful and meaningful to us.


Featured content for Spring 2017:

The Hartwick College Wind Ensemble is presenting two concerts this semester.


Arabesque – Samuel R. Hazo

When Jesus Wept – William Schuman

Vesuvius – Frank Ticheli

Sleep – Eric Whitacre

The Three Billy Goats Gruff from Symphony of Fables – Julie Giroux

GO OUTSIDE – May 4, 2017

Songs from the Catskills – Johan de Meij

Rest – Frank Ticheli (Ashley Duryea, guest conductor)

Equus – Eric Whitacre

Jupiter from The Planets – Gustav Holst

And a medley of video game music by Hartwick senior Mike Turi, and possibly some Star Wars music.


The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, directed by myself and Scott Rabeler, is presenting a concert on April 30, including some of the following repertoire:

Angels in the Architecture – Frank Ticheli

Hymn to a Blue Hour – John Mackey

Finale from Symphony no. 5 – Dmitri Shostakovich

On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss – David Holsinger

Scenes from the Louvre – Norman Dello Joio


In addition, I am a guest conductor on the Columbia Wind Ensemble’s Carnegie Hall concert on April 24!  They and their music director Jason Noble have a terrific program planned that includes:

A Glimpse of the Eternal – Aaron Perrine

Riften Wed – Julie Giroux

City Trees – Michael Markowski (conducted by me)

Wedding Dance – Jacques Press


Looking for a recap?  Here they are in abundance: Fall 2016Summer 2016Spring 2016Fall 2015Summer 2015Spring 2015Fall 2014Summer 2014Spring 2014Fall 2013Summer 2013Spring 2013Fall 2012Summer 2012,  Spring 2012Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Spring 2011,  Fall 2010.

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  1. Why does classical music need conductors, but other music styles do not? Is it possible to have a classical concert without a conductor at all?

    • Great question – the short answer is that classical music often uses large numbers of people, sometimes over 100 in a single performance. Ensembles that large (and even much smaller groups) need a single leader both to stay together and to develop a common vision of the music, hence the conductor. As for classical music without conductors, I would refer you to any small chamber group (e.g., brass quintet or woodwind quintet), as well as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, a larger group which famously never uses a conductor.

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