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 Spring 2018:


This season begins with some exciting guest conducting and traveling! I’ll be doing two All County bands:

Montgomery Senior All County Band, Amsterdam, NY, March 3, 2018

Polly Oliver – Thomas Root

Brooklyn Air – Michael Markowski

Chorale and Shaker Dance – John Zdechlik

Otsego Senior All County Band, Laurens, NY, February 3, 2018

Mother Earth – David Maslanka

The Cave You Fear – Michael Markowski

Riften Wed – Julie Giroux

Country Gardens – Percy Grainger, arr. Sousa


I’ll also be going over to Purdue University on February 16 to conduct their Concert Band in the Serenade for Band by Vincent Persichetti.

In addition, I will be at part of the NYSBDA Symposium in Liverpool, NY from March 2-4, 2018, where I expect to hear fine ensembles and honor bands, as well as some terrific sessions. I’ll be headed as well to the CBDNA Eastern Division conference in New Haven, CT from March 7-10, 2018. While there listening to more terrific ensembles and sessions, I’ll lead a reading session on Michael Markowski’s Brooklyn Air and give a brief presentation about the Wind Band Symphony Archive.


Back home in Oneonta, the Hartwick College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds will be presenting three programs:

WINDSONGS – March 15, 2018

Tres Sonetos – Silvestre Revueltas

Spring Festival – Chen Yi

On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss – David Holsinger

Variations on a Shaker Melody – Aaron Copland, Christopher Dobbins, guest conductor

Moon by Night – Jonathan Newman

Four Dances from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein, arr. Polster

Reckoning – Michael Markowski

GODZILLA EATS LAS VEGAS and Other Tall Tales – May 3, 2018

Chamber Piece TBA – Andrew Pease

Apollo Myth and Legend – Rob Romeyn

March to the Scaffold – Hector Berlioz, Andrew Hsu ’18, guest conductor

Godzilla Eats Las Vegas – Eric Whitacre

In addition, the Hartwick Wind Ensemble will travel to CARNEGIE HALL (!!!) on April 9, with a program of music mostly from our March concert:

Hill of Dreams – Ethan Cypress (world premiere)

Spring Festival – Chen Yi

Moon by Night – Jonathan Newman, Jason Noble, guest conductor

Four Dances from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein, arr. Polster

Reckoning – Michael Markowski

The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, directed by Scott Rabeler and myself, has two major concerts this season, both at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta, NY:

Mid-Winter Pops Concert, Sunday, January 21 at 2pm

Dancin’ into the 20s – various, arr. Hunsberger

Music from The Incredibles – Michael Giacchino, arr. Bocook

Themes from 007 – various, arr. Lowden

Waltz no. 2 – Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. de Meij

Bugler’s Holiday – Leroy Anderson, trans. Edwards

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams, arr. Bocook

Irish Tune from County Derry – Percy Grainger

West Side Story Selections – Leonard Bernstein, arr. Duthoit

Spring Wind Ensemble Concert, Sunday, April 29 at 2pm

Symphony for Band – Vincent Persichetti

City Trees – Michael Markowski

Camerado – Michael Markowski

Light Cavalry Overture – Franz von Suppé

Overture to Candide – Leonard Bernstein

Give Us This Day – David Maslanka

more to come!


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