Concert band is a large part of classical music, yet many composers don't get the recognition they deserve for contributing to the genre. Here are 10 band composers you should know -- besides the March King, John Philip Sousa.
Why do we call it a 'French horn' when it isn't French at all? Emily Green, a recent college music graduate and a horn player, dives into why so many U.S. classical fans have been calling the popular brass instrument by the wrong name for so long.
Alfred Reed's 'Russian Christmas Music' has become a majestic mainstay of the concert band repertoire since its debut in 1944. As the work marks its 75th anniversary, it's worth retelling how remarkable its world premiere was. Listen now to this timeless piece.
G. Oliver Riggs was a real-life Minnesota 'Music Man' in the early 20th century, creating and directing a few dozen bands, drumming up enthusiasm for band music, and raising money for uniforms. Now, great-granddaughter Joy Riggs is sharing his story in her new book, 'Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters.'
After a concert with the United States Marine Band, John Williams fell in love with arranging his famous movie music for wind band. The Dallas Winds, led by conductor Jerry Junkin, celebrates this exciting music on its latest recording, 'John Williams at the Movies.'