Symphonic Band Performances
Classical Cypress, TX  USA
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Contemporary band compositions, classical music arrangements, marches, jazz, symphonies, overtures. A collection from bands that I have played in throughout hi
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#5 (Sub-genre) 13 8
The TMEA All State Symphonic Band performs Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 finale, from my senior year and fav.- most difficult piece to perform, followed by a 14 min ovation. The Soviets saw it as an expression of their immeasurable grief under Stalin
Peak position #1 11 7
THIS IS THE WILDLY FRENETIC FINAL MOVEMENT OF THE ORCHESTRAL SUITE 'HASSENEH' (THE WEDDING) BASED ON JEWISH FOLK MUSIC. PERFORMED MY SOPH. YEAR AT THE NATIONAL MUSIC CAMP, INTERLOCHEN, MICH., BY H.S. SYMPHONIC BAND #2. WRITTEN BY JACQUES PRESS (1955)
#29 (Sub-genre) 7 2
EQUUS: LATIN FOR HORSE. THIS PERFECTLY CAPTURES THE FURY AND MAJESTY OF THE EQUINE AND THE HORSE RACE AND IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. PERFORMED AT THE TMEA CONVENTION 5A HONOR BAND CONCERT FROM CY-FAIR ISD. WRITTEN BY THE TALENTED ERIC WHITACRE.
#29 (Sub-genre) 8 4
PERFORMED BY THE CAL POLY SYMPHONIC BAND, MY JUNIOR YEAR. SYMPHONY #9 IN E MINOR, POPULARLY KNOWN AS THE 'NEW WORLD SYMPHONY', WAS WRITTEN BY ANTONIN DVORAK DURING HIS VISIT TO AMERICA (1892-'95). IT PREMIERED AT CARNEGIE HALL AMID PERPETUAL CHEERING
Peak position #1 6 5
I-Carol of the Little Russian Children, II-Antiphonal Chant, III-Village Song, IV-Cathedral Chorus. Written by Alfred Reed, 1944, to help improve Soviet-American relations. Performed by the USAF Golden West Band, Travis AFB, my 2nd year in the band.
Peak position #59 1 1
FINAL MOVEMENT OF SLAVONIC FOLK SUITE BY ALFRED REED. LIVE RECORDING OF THE BEAUMONT FRENCH H.S. MARCHING BAND, MY SENIOR YEAR AS DRUM MAJOR. THIS WAS THE FINALE, AND BEGAN A TRADITION WHERE THE BAND ENDED EVERY DRILL WITH THIS SONG.
#20 (Sub-genre) 4 2
'MARS' WITH ITS RELENTLESS, AGGRESSIVE MARTIAL RHYTHM AND OMINOUS HARMONIES IS SYMBOLIC OF THE BRUTALITIES OF WAR. THIS IS THE 1ST MOVEMENT IN 'THE PLANETS', THE EPIC 7 PART SUITE WRITTEN BY GUSTAV HOLST (1916). PERFORMED BY THE USAF GOLDEN WEST BAND
Peak position #1 4 4
FROM MY FRESHMAN YEAR ,1992, PLAYING TENOR SAX, IN THE CAL POLY STAGE BAND. AN ARRANGEMENT BASED ON THE FAMOUS DIXIELAND TUNE AND A UNITED STATES GOSPEL HYMN (1896) THAT ORIGINATED AS A SPIRITUAL. THE TRADITIONAL USE OF THE SONG IS AS A FUNERAL MARCH
Peak position #1 3 2
THIS POEM IS RECITED AT THE TMEA CONVENTION FOLLOWED BY THE SONG OF THE SAME NAME, PERFORMED BY THE TEXAS ALL STATE CONCERT BAND. WELSH POET DYLAN THOMAS COMPOSED THIS POEM FOR HIS DYING FATHER IN 1951. THE SONG WAS WRITTEN BY ELLIOT DEL BORGO (1979)
Peak position #1 3 1
RUSSIAN COMPOSER DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH COMPOSED THIS CLASSIC IN THREE DAYS IN 1954. SOME HAVE SUGGESTED THIS SECRETLY CELEBRATES STALIN'S DEATH THE YEAR BEFORE. TRANSCRIBED FOR CONCERT BAND BY DONALD HUNSBERGER. PERFORMED BY THE CAL POLY SYMPHONIC BAND
Peak position #16 2 2
A CONCERTO AND RHAPSODY BASED ON HUNGARIAN FOLK DANCE AND GYPSY MUSIC, WRITTEN IN 1904 BY VITTORIO MONTI, TRANSCRIBED FOR SOLO TRUMPET AND WIND ENSEMBLE, THAT WAS ORIGINALLY COMPOSED FOR VIOLIN. FEATURING SENSATIONAL SOLOIST, JAMES DOUGLAS.
Peak position #91 1 1
EXCERPTS FROM "CARMINA BURANA" A SCENIC CANTATA BASED ON 24 POEMS FOUND IN THE COLLECTION "CARMINA BURANA" FROM THE LATE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY RENAISSANCE PERIOD. WRITTEN BY CARL ORFF 1935 - 1936. PERFORMED BY THE CAL POLY SYMPHONIC BAND MY SENIOR TEAR.
Peak position #75 3 2
THE FINALE OF THIS PIECE IS TRADITIONALLY PLAYED AT WEDDINGS. KING GEORGE I REQUESTED A CONCERT ON THE RIVER THAMES, JULY 1717, AND THE ORCHESTRA PERFORMED IT 3 TIMES. BY GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL. PERFORMED BY THE CAL POLY SYMPHONY BAND, MY SENIOR YEAR
#10 (Sub-genre) 1
THIS WAS PERFORMED AT AN HISTORIC CONCERT IN N. KOREA IN FEB. 2008 BY THE N.Y. PHILHARMONIC. THIS IS A CHALLENGING CONCERT BAND ARRANGEMENT OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN'S OVERTURE TO THE OPERA 'CANDIDE' (1956). PERFORMED BY THE TMEA ALL STATE SYMPHONIC BAND.
Peak position #86 1 1
AN HOMAGE TO THE KNIGHTS AND NOBLEMEN OF MEDIEVAL TIMES. THIS STATELY PROCESSIONAL MARCH, AN EXCERPT FROM THE BALLET 'MALDA', IS A SYMPHONIC MASTERPIECE WRITTEN BY NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1892). PERFORMED MY SOPH. YR IN THE TMEA ALL STATE SYMP. BAND
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