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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 Fall 2016:

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

VISIONS – October 4, 2016

Mother Earth – David Maslanka

From the Delta – William Grant Still

Dusk – Steven Bryant

Newsreel in Five Shots – William Schuman

The Black Horse Troop – John Philip Sousa

LOVE – November 17, 2016 – selected from:

Polly Oliver – Thomas Root

Brooklyn Air – Michael Markowski

Suite of Old American Dances – Robert Russell Bennett

Riften Wed – Julie Giroux

Folk Dances – Dmitri Shostakovich


Also considered for this semester:

Colonial Song – Percy Grainger

March of the Cute Little Wood Sprites – PDQ Bach


The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, directed by Scott Rabeler, is presenting a concert on November 13, featuring the following:

Vesuvius – Frank Ticheli

October – Eric Whitacre

Turkey in the Straw – Michael Markowski

Toccata Marziale – Ralph Vaughan Williams

On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss – David Holsinger


Looking for a recap?  Here they are in abundance: Summer 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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