Wind Band Literature

A Conductor's Perspective by Andy Pease


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 Summer 2017:

Columbia Summer Winds is preparing another season of free outdoor concerts in Manhattan, and I’ll be appearing with them in Central Park on July 29.  Here is what they have in the folders:

March and Procession of Bacchus – Leo Debiles, arr. Krienes

Music from Up – Michael Giacchino, arr. Brown

Galop – Gary Gilroy

Shenandoah – Frank Ticheli 

South Pacific Symphonic Scenario – Richard Rodgers, arr. Rogers

Keynote Address – J. Scott McKenzie (2016 Outdoor Composition Contest Winner)

Cuban Overture – George Gerswhin – arr. Rogers

The Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa


I’m also traveling to the WASBE conference in Utrecht, Netherlands from July 18-22.  I will be giving a presentation entitled “Repertoire Resources for the 21st Century Global Wind Band Conductor”, which will certainly feature this site and the Wind Band Symphony Archive, among many others.  I will also be running a daily digest from that conference, which will feature performances, reading sessions, presentations, and much more.


The New York State Band Directors Association is putting on a Director’s Band as part of the New York State Summer Music Conference from August 13-15.  This year’s band, led by Jeffrey Traster, will feature the following:

New (as yet untitled) Fanfare – Jeffrey Traster

American Elegy – Frank Ticheli

Reckoning – Michael Markowski

Poco Adagio – Jeffrey Traster

Shepherd’s Hey – Percy Grainger, ed. Mark Rogers


Looking for a recap?  Here they are in abundance: Spring 2017Fall 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. 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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