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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: the Summer 2016 season repertoire of Columbia Summer Winds.


Euphoria for Wind Ensemble – John Frantzen

Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo – Malcolm Arnold, arr. John P. Paynter

Burlesco for Band – Timothy Broege

The King and I – Richard Rodgers, arr. Robert Russell Bennett

Commando March – Samuel Barber

Forever Summer – Michael Markowski

The Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa


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