Live Blog at The Dallas Winds!

Stay tuned to this page as I live-blog the TCU Brass’ 7:30 PM (central) premiere of my competition-winning fanfare Change Ringing at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX, followed by the Dallas Winds’ concert event “Game On.” Pictures, audio, and additional will follow, so be sure to also check out my FaceBook page and my Instagram feed!

A Mini-Tour of Texas

Hello, all!  I’m excited to once again be hitting the road this coming week, as I give a quick three-day tour of lectures, clinics, and composition premieres in Texas.  Here’s the itinerary:

  • Monday, March 23
    • 500 PM – Texas Christian University Brass.  I will be attending the TCU Brass Ensemble’s final rehearsal of my fanfare “Change Ringing,” which this fine group will premiere at the Dallas Winds concert on Tuesday, March 24th, under the direction of Bobby Francis.
  • Tuesday, March 24
    • 9:30 AM – Baylor University.  I’ll be giving a guest lecture to the Music Education majors at Baylor University.  Thanks to Dr. Russ Gavin for hosting me for this event.
    • 2:30 PM – University High School.  I’m excited to be working with the University High School concert bands, directed by Mr. Archie Hatten, in Waco, TX. I also have the pleasure of writing their halftime show music for the coming season.
    • 7:30 PM – I’m excited to hear the brass section of the TCU wind program premiere my fanfare “Change Ringing,” which was chosen as one of several winners of the Dallas Winds’ annual “Call for Fanfares” competition.  I’m honored that I’ll get to hear such wonderful musicians premiering my music in a beautiful venue.
  • Wednesday, March 25
    • 8:00 AM – I’ll be working with the fine bands at Rosemont Middle School in Fort Worth, TX.  Thanks to their band director Mr. Brent Schooley for inviting me!

There you have it!  I’m so excited to work with and hear all of these great ensembles and their conductors.  I’ll be sure to record, photograph, and live-share it all on social media.

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Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy” premiered on this day in 1937

On March 7, 1937, Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, a monumental wind band setting of folk songs, was premiered at the convention of the American Bandmasters Association, who had commissioned the work, in Milwaukee, WI. The work was debuted with only three of its six movements by the Milwaukee Symphonic Band, a group composed of members from several bands including the Blatz Brewery and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer factory worker bands.  Movement Six had not been finished, and three and five were omitted from the program.  This was because Grainger believed that the performers cared “more about their beer then the music,” a note he included in his foreword to the score. Three months after the official premier of Lincolnshire Posy, Edwin Franco Goldman conducted the entire piece, premiering the final three movements.
At a time when wind band directors were seeking the novel idea of quality, original literature for their chosen performance medium, Lincolnshire Posy stands as a startling achievement. Each movement was more than a setting of a folksong Grainger recorded from folksingers throughout the English region of Lincolnshire; the composer attempted to recreate the nuances of the singers themselves, essentially painting a portrait in sound of the vocalists.  Grainger dedicated his “bunch of Wildflowers” (posy) to “the old folksingers who sang so sweetly to me.”
There are so many great recordings of this work.  But if you have to choose, try this entry from the Eastman Wind Ensemble, as conducted by Frederick Fennell.