Monday Morning Music: Blow It Up, Start Again

When classical music gets mixed with the popular genre, you get some fun music. When mixed with dub-step, you get Blow It Up, Start Again. It is this week’s “Monday Morning Music.” Each composer has their own style of writing, even when they study with the same teachers. The composition studio of John Corigliano is …

Saturday Sounds: ‘Kingfishers Catch Fire’ by John Mackey

A week of snow and cold brings a Saturday of coffee and music. With things warming up it is a great time to listen to John Mackey’s Kingfishers Catch Fire. What a week it has been! After two separate winter storms trudged through the area, schools were out for six days. Five snow days and Martin …

The challenges of selecting literature for your ensemble

Few things are as maddening as selecting literature appropriate for your ensemble. Everyone has opinions on what to play. Who is right? As many of you return to school from the holiday break – likely with a snow day or two thrown in there for good measure – the task of selecting literature for your …

Concert Band Repertoire Programming

While many directors have a handle on the current trends for marching band, many still program their concert band selections in an “old school” way. A simple concept can improve programming for your ensemble. Summertime and the living is easy. Well, maybe for some but not for most band directors. They are busy preparing for …