As life approaches normalcy (albeit at a glacial pace) here in the Land of Snorlax, I'd like to open up some discussion of composing/arranging for the concert band/wind ensemble.
The US Marine band has an opening for euphonium...here's the audition excerpt list:
“Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms” (Mantia)
“The Stars and Stripes Forever” (Sousa)
March from Suite in F for Military Band, Opus 28, No. 2 (Holst)
Overture to Benvenuto Cellini (Berlioz/Patterson)
The Roman Carnival Overture, Opus 9 (Berlioz/Godfrey II)
Chaconne from Suite in E-flat for Military Band, Opus 28, No. 1 (Holst)
“Fiesta del Pacifico” (Nixon)
Theme and Variations, Opus 43a (Schoenberg)
Aegean Festival Overture (Makris/Bader)
The Pines Near a Catacomb from The Pines of Rome (Respighi/Duker)
“Molly on the Shore” (Grainger/Rogers)
Toccata Marziale (Vaughan Williams)
Jupiter from The Planets, Opus 32 (Holst/Smith)
Marche Hongroise from La Damnation de Faust, Opus 24 (Berlioz/Bowlin)
“Rocky Point Holiday” (Nelson)
Colonial Song (Grainger)
Ironically, I happened to come across the list I had to prepare in 1980 when I was a finalist for a euphonium seat in the West Point band*, and it is virtually identical.
Note that there is quite a mix here...marches, orchestral transcriptions, theme & variation warhorses, British folksong suites, and 60s-ish band pieces.
*How many of these pieces do you know in their band form?
*How many of you have heard of Ron Nelson?
*How come no piece is more recent the 60s (I could be a few years off in a case or two)?
*Why is this list virtually identical to the one I prepared 31 years ago?
*Has band writing not progressed since then?
*What post-1960s pieces should be on the list that aren't? (generally speaking...not just because they have cool euphonium parts)
One thing I've had on the back burner is to alert composers/arrangers to the possibilities of the wind ensemble and brass band, so I'll get the ball rolling...
My "brother" Danny Williams...weigh in, please.
Reber Clark, weigh in, please.
(sounds like "America's biggest Loser")
Snor "that list is giving me flashbacks of 10-hour practice days in 1980" lax
*I went up to West Point to play for the finals but had to take a physical. When the doctor saw the scar on my spine where it is wired together, I was sent home instantly.