This fall, Hartwick College hosted its first ever High School Honor Band on October 21.  This group rehearsed for a full day with guest conductor Curt Ebersole, who led them through the following repertoire:

Flourish for Wind Band – Ralph Vaughan William (I was guest conductor)

Rippling Watercolors – Brian Balmages

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

The Gallant Seventh – John Philip Sousa

The Hartwick College Wind Ensemble also performed a “World Tour” on this program, featuring music from five continents:

National Emblem – E. E. Bagley

Salvation Is Created – Pavel Tschesnokoff, arr. Bruce Houseknecht

Colonial Song – Percy Grainger

La Muerte del Angel – Astor Piazzolla, arr. Andrew Pease, featuring Dr. Ana Laura González on flute

Ryukuan Fantasy for Band – Yasuhide Ito

In addition , the Hartwick Wind Ensemble presented “Healing and Understanding” on November 16:

Little Threepenny Music – Kurt Weill

Variation Overture – Clifton Williams

Serenade for Band – Vincent Persichetti (with guest conductor Jonathan Sweet)

Give Us This Day – David Maslanka


Meanwhile, I continued my work with the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, where I shared conducting duties with Scott Rabeler.  Here is the repertoire from our concerts on October 29 and November 19:

Valdres – Johannes Hanssen

Amazing Grace – Frank Ticheli

Suite Francaise – Darius Milhaud

On This Bright Morning – David Maslanka

Psalm 46 – John Zdechlik

His Honor – Henry Fillmore

Shenandoah – Frank Ticheli

Battle Hymn of the Republic – Julia Ward Howe

Russian Christmas Music – Alfred Reed