Journal of Band Research

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Vol. 48, No. 2, Spring

Factors Related to the Integration of the Creating and Responding National Standards in High School Bands
The often performance-dominated focus of many high school wind band programs can be linked to the genre's cultural and historical heritage, which includes professional bands, military bands, and the school band contest movement (Milburn, 1982, Whitehill,...
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Robert Washburn's Symphony for Band: A History and Analysis
Composer BiographyA native of Bouckville, New York, which is located east of Syracuse, New York, Robert Brooks Washburn was born on July 1 1 , 1928 to parents, Robert and Florence Washburn.1 Robert Washburn received a bachelor's degree in music education...
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3rd-Year Cohort Results of a Pre-Collegiate Music Teacher Recruitment Program: A Replication and Extension Study
AbstractThe study is an examination of the effects of an authentic-context learning experience on the teaching motivation, efficacy, career commitment, and identity of high school instrumental music students (N = 9). This study is a replication and extension...
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A Core Repertoire Based upon Set Criteria of Serious Artistic Merit
ChallengeThrough literature books, peer- reviewed articles, and dissertations, wind-band conductors and scholars have done tremendous work in analyzing and describing much of the music in the canon.1 Thus far however, little attention has been focused...
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Vol. 48, No. 1, Fall

Sound Exposure Levels of University Jazz Band Members
The purpose of this study was to determine the sound exposure levels of members of university jazz bands. Participants were 79 members of 5 university jazz bands across the Southeastern United States. Results indicated mean dose for participants across...
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A Comparison of Sonata Forms in Hindemith's and Persichetti's Band Symphonies
The band symphonies of Paul Hindemith and Vincent Persichetti have long been established as two major cornerstones of the wind band repertoire. Written in 1951 and 1956 respectively, both works have received numerous performances since their premieres....
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Attitudes of Arizona High School Band Students towards Solo and Ensemble Activities
Solo and ensemble festivals have been a part of the music education landscape since the first school contest appeared in Emporia, Kansas in 1912 (Holz, 1960) and continued to grow throughout the rise of school band programs in the 1920's and 1930's,...
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Going to the Source: Pedagogical Ideas from Adult Band Members
AbstractThe purpose of the current study was to describe adult musicians' perceptions of instructional needs in adult band settings. The participants were 81 adults attending a national music camp for adult learners who answered a 5-question open-ended...
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A Conductor's Analysis of Joel Puckett's It Perched for Vespers Nine
`IntroductionJoel Puckett is a contemporary American composer who has received considerable success with his works for wind band. Comfortable working in a variety of mediums, his output includes both large vocal and instrumental ensembles, chamber music,...
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Vol. 47, No. 2, Spring

Programming Practices of Big Twelve University Wind Ensembles
AbstractIn this investigation-which is a replication and extension of previous surveys by Powell (2009) and Paul (in press) - I examined the recent programming trends of the premiere wind groups at Big Twelve universities. I contacted the directors of...
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A Comparative Analysis of Three Recordings of the Symphony in B-Flat Conducted by Paul Hindemith
IntroductionPaul Hindemith (November 16, 1895 - December 28, 1963) is certainly considered to be one of the leading musical figures of the twentieth century. His breadth as a musician is probably without peer during his life. "If there were ever a complete...
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A Comparison and Analysis of Published Lists of Recommended Wind Band Literature
AbstractThis study was the second in a series examining wind band repertoire and lists of recommended literature. The researcher gathered published lists (N = 101) of recommended wind band literature which produced a collection of unique wind band titles...
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The Glenwood Manual Training School Band: 1892-1929
AbstractThis study documents the history of the band at the Glenwood Manual Training School in Glenwood, Illinois, from its origin through the tenure of the ensemble's first long term conductor-Thad H. Davidson. The Illinois Industrial Training School...
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The Effect of a Score on Band Directors' Written Comments of a Recorded Performance
One of the goals of teacher preparation programs is to train future music educators to effectively detect errors in music ensemble performance. Students studying instrumental conducting generally receive training in aural discrimination: the ability...
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Vol. 47, No. 1, Fall

Charisma, Conductors, and the Affective Communication Test
AbstractThe following study analyzed results of ensemble conductors of the Big-10, Big-12, and Pac-10 athletic conferences (N = 96) taking the Affective Communication Test (ACT) of nonverbal expressivity or charisma. Results indicate that conductors...
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Analysis of Martin Ellerby's Paris Sketches
Martin Ellerby is a British composer of international standing. His compositions are published extensively, performed and broadcasted around the world, and recorded on over seventy-five compact discs. A gritty, contemporary style utilizing the traditional...
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Analysis: Cheetah by Karel Husa
Introduction to Karel HusaFew composers of the twentieth century match the musical sophistication and historical significance of Karel Husa. He has been awarded numerous accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his String Quartet No. 3 (1968),...
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Pac-Ten Wind Ensemble Programming Trends
AbstractIn this study, which is a replication and extension of earlier work by Powell (2009), I sought to investigate the recent programming practices of the Pac-Ten universities' top wind ensembles. I contacted the directors of all Pac-Ten band programs...
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Vol. 46, No. 2, Spring

A Southern Italian Band Tradition Lives in Northeastern Ohio: Michael Lucente and the Lowellville Mount Carmel Band
IntroductionIn the tiny village of Lowellville, Ohio (population: 1,217) generations of ItalianAmericans celebrate July 16 as they have done for one hundred and fourteen years. This is the community's annual festa (plural feste), or feast day of their...
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Investigating High School Band Recruitment Procedures Using Educational Marketing Principles
AbstractThis study examined recruitment strategies employed by high school band directors. The marketing model of the Seven P's was used to gauge band director recruitment. The research goals were to examine (1) the level of planning and evaluation of...
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Sound Exposures of High School Marching Band Members during Band Camp: A Pilot Study
AbstractThe purpose of this pilot study was to examine members of a high school marching band to determine their sound exposure during two days of summer band camp. Excessive sound exposure can lead to noise-induced hearing loss so it is important to...
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The Effect of Attack Consonants on Perception of Intensity in Trombone Onsets
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to determine the effect of various attack consonants on perception of intensity in trombone onsets. Using two experiments, music majors (N=61) were asked to compare differences in attack intensity between randomized...
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Vol. 46, No. 1, Fall

Effect of Virtual Reality Exposure on Eye Contact, Directional Focus, and Focus of Attention of Novice Wind Band Conductors
AbstractThe study examined the effect of virtual reality immersion on eye contact, directional focus and focus of attention of thirty-eight undergraduate conductors. Subsequent to pretest conducting of a live ensemble, experimental groups were immersed...
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The Selmer Company, 1885 - 1927: Historical and Socio-Economic Factors That Influenced Its Development and Relocation from Paris to New York City to Elkhart, Indiana
The early history of the American music industry is a story of individuals and entrepreneurship. The vision of men such as Charles Gerard Conn, Kurt Gemeinhardt and William F. Ludwig was responsible for the development of instrument manufacturing into...
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The Effect of Conductor Intensity and Ensemble Performance Quality on Musicians' Evaluations of Conductor Effectiveness
AbstractThis study was designed to examine musicians assessments of conductor effectiveness under the conditions of high/low gestural intensity coupled with high/low performance quality. Participants were 40 undergraduate instrumental music majors enrolled...
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Oreste Vessella (1882-1963) and His Italian Band
Oreste Vessella was born in Alife, Italy and he studied clarinet at the Regio Conservatory, Naples, and harmony under Camillo de Nardis. He came to the U.S. in 1901 and formed his own band in 1903. He is best known for his many summer seasons playing...
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An Analysis of Relationships between Lesson Planning Training and Rehearsal Pacing of Undergraduate Instrumental Music Education Majors in Practice Teaching Settings
AbstractTwo groups of undergraduate instrumental music education majors taught three fiveminute lessons to an ensemble of their peers. One group (n = 11) received lesson planning training between Lesson 1 and Lesson 2; the other group (n = 1 1) received...
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Vol. 45, No. 2, Spring

The Business Documents, Personal Music Collections, and Artifacts Contained in the Goldman Band Library at the University of Iowa
Edwin Franko Goldman's efforts in commissioning and performing new music had a profound impact on the evolution of wind bands in the United States. Much of Goldman's private collection of memorabilia is housed at the University of Maryland in the A.B...
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Shielding Sound a Study on the Effectiveness of Acoustic Shields
History is full of musicians who suffer from hearing loss. From Beethoven to Smetana to Evelyn Gelennie, some careers have ended because of hearing damage, while other artists have somehow triumphed through the hardships of making music with diminished...
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The Role of Self-Efficacy and Modeling in Improvisation among Intermediate Instrumental Music Students
AbstractThe first purpose of this study was to investigate whether different modeling conditions (Aural and Aural/Notated Transcription) produced significant differences for improvisation achievement. Another purpose was to investigate whether music...
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Criterion-Referenced Rating Instrument for the Evaluation, Teaching and Training of Undergraduate Conductors
AbstractA criteria-specific rating instrument that accurately assessed levels of achievement among undergraduate beginning conductors was sought. The purpose of this study was to develop a criteria-specific rating instrument that accurately assessed...
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Vol. 45, No. 1, Fall

Tonal Transformations: Structural Goals in Ron Nelson's Epiphanies
Commissioned and premiered by James Keene and the University of Illinois Wind Symphony for the 1994 National MENC Conference, Epiphanies^ is cited by composer Ron Nelson as his most dissonant work. It utilizes an octatonic-based structure, with the primary...
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The Symphony for Band of Donald E. Mcginnis: An Overview
Dr. Donald E. McGinnis (born October 21 , 1917) served on the faculty of The Ohio State University School of Music as conductor and professor of woodwinds from 1941 until his retirement in 1979. During his tenure as director of The Ohio State University...
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A Study of the Reliability of Adjudicator Ratings at the 2005 Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Band Festivals
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of adjudicator ratings at the 2005 Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Band Festivals. Judge evaluation sheets for 124 bands were collected and tabulated from...
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A. R. Mcallister and the Joliet Township High School Band: 1912-1926
AbstractThis study documents the history of the Joliet Township High School Band (JTHSB) from its origin until 1926, the year the ensemble won its first of four championship titles in national band contests sponsored by the National Bureau for the Advancement...
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The 1923 Schools Band Contest of America
IntroductionMusic competitions have been considered standard practice for public school instrumental ensembles for most of the last century. Contest and festival scores received at these events offer insights into the educational training, development,...
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Vol. 44, No. 2, Spring

A Conductor's View of Three Japanese Dances by Bernard Rogers
Bernard Rogers (1893-1968) was born in the Yorksville section of New York City. He attended New York City public schools until the family moved to New Rochelle (NY) in his early teenage years. From age twelve, he painted as a hobby and his interest in...
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Teaching Band in Illinois
AbstractBand Directors teaching in Illinois public school (n=163) responded to a survey examining their professional preparation, responsibilities, and perceptions of trends. Respondents represented urban, rural, and suburban schools at all levels of...
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Felix Mendelssohn's Nocturno/overture, Opus 24: A Study in Context, Composition, and Performance
IntroductionIn 1824, when the popularity of the Harmonie ensemble as a vehicle for court music was waning, the fifteen-year-old Felix Mendelssohn composed what would become an enigmatic staple of the wind band repertoire. Mendelssohn's work, originally...
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Recent Programming Trends of Big Ten University Wind Ensembles
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to determine the recent programming trends of the premier wind ensembles at each Big Ten university. The directors of all Big Ten band programs were contacted and asked to provide the concert programs of their top...
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Editor's Note
After fourteen years of editing the Journal of Band Research, this is my last issue; I have turned the responsibility over to Dr. John R. Locke, Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His address can be found on the page...
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Vol. 44, No. 1, Fall

From Tsing-Tao to Fort Oglethorpe: The Perigrinations of a German Military Band during World War I
During the era of colonial expansion, Germany had secured a foothold both in Africa and in China following the Sino-Japanese War in 1894, when, along with England and France, it intervened to prevent China from becoming a vassal state of Japan. All three...
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A Comparison of Variables in Arizona Marching Band Festival Results
AbstractThis study investigated the relationships between scores at high school marching band festivals during the fall 2004 Arizona marching season and 16 contributing variables of participating bands. Directors of 115 schools that participated in such...
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Georgia Redcoat Band Tour of China: Student Perceptions
AbstractIn May, 2006, 300 students from the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band embarked on a fifteen-day performance tour throughout China. The students visited Beijing and performed in Kunming, Chengdu, Xiamen, Nanjing, and Shanghai. The study...
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Vol. 43, No. 2, Spring

Metacognition and Middle School Band Students
AbstractThe purposes of this study were to investigate if (a) middle school band students' metacognitive skills could be affected through use of a rehearsal critique form and associated teaching process and (b) selected background factors had any influence...
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P.S. Gilmore, the Authorized Biography of America's First Superstar
P.S. Gilmore, The Authorized Biography of America's First SuperstarBy Rusty Hammer, Gainesville, FL: Rusty Hammer, 2006www.psgilmore.comAt a time when band ensembles sometimes perform wonderful concerts for small audiences, it is gratifying to look back...
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Gems of Parallelism: Holst's Hammersmith and Respighi's Huntingtower
The wind band world has been blessed with many fine, original compositions for the medium, written by some of the most successful and prominent composers in music. Gustav Holst and Ottorino Respighi, with Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 52 and...
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The Future of School Bands: Wind Ensemble Paradigm
IntroductionAmerican school bands are a unique tradition not found universally around the globei and have contributed positively to the lives of millions of young Americans. Current educational priorities, however, are making it difficult for students...
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Karel Husa's Divertimento for Brass and Percussion: Context, Composition, Performance
Karel Husa's Divertimento for Brass and Percussion is intimately connected to the composer's personal life and his Czech heritage, and it has become one of his most frequently performed works. Husa intended this music to be accessible for all levels...
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Vol. 43, No. 1, Fall

A Forgotten Early Champion of Wagner: Venetian Bandmaster Jacopo Calascione
An insufficiently appreciated feature of Italian cultural life is the place of civic bands in Italian cities.The institution of public band concerts developed widely during the nineteenth century. The early precedents were usually set by regimental bands...
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Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger
Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger Edited by Malcolm Gillies, David Pear, and Mark Carroll, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006The name of Percy Grainger is surely familiar to every experienced band musician and conductor, and his compositions maintain...
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The Effectiveness of Iconic-Based Rhythmic Instruction
AbstractThe purpose of this experimental study was to investigate the effectiveness of iconic-based rhythmic instruction on middle school instrumentalists' ability to read rhythms at sight. One hundred thirty-one middle school students from 12 bands...
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Marching Band as a Recruiting Organization for the University: A Case Study
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine if the reputation of a particular marching band aided in the recruitment of students to the entire university. Marching band members (N=273) at a large four-year comprehensive university were surveyed...
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THE EVOLUTION OF MELODIC CONSTRUCTION IN THREE 20th-CENTURY WIND BAND WORKS
The 20th century has witnessed numerous accomplishments that have further explored the limitless possibilities of music. Along with advances in tonality (twelve-tone theory, polytonality), rhythm (polyrhythms, serialism) and electronic media, compositional...
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Vol. 42, No. 2, Spring

Characteristics of Band Programs in a Large Urban School District: Diversity or Inequality?
AbstractThis study focused on the characteristics of band programs (n = 25) in schools of contrasting socio-economic status (SES) within one of the largest school districts in Texas. In agreement with the results of national studies, we found that schools...
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Wind Bands in Towns, Courts, and Churches: Middle Ages to Baroque
In the middle of the fourteenth century, a new musical institution consisting of trumpets and shawms began to take shape. Scholars of Medieval and Renaissance music refer to these as alia bands. This term is never used to describe bands past about the...
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High School Band Students' Perceptions of Effective Teaching
AbstractThis paper investigated the influence of selected social background characteristics on high school band students' perceptions of effective teaching skills and behaviors. Specific questions were 1) Does gender affect how high school students perceive...
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Samuel Henry Treloar and the Butte Mines Band
At the turn of the century, Butte, Montana, was a thriving community located on the western edge of the North American civilized landscape. Butte's citizenry, which peaked shortly before World War I at nearly 100,000 residents, was made up mostly of...
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Pitch Memory in Musicians: A Comparative Investigation between Band and Choir Students
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to determine whether high school band students would remember and identify pitches differently than high school choir students. High school subjects (N=118) were selected to participate in this study. Results indicate...
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Vol. 42, No. 1, Fall

A Content Analysis of Doctoral Research in Beginning Band Education, 1958-2004
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to analyze the contents of doctoral dissertation abstracts related to beginning band education. A search of the UMI ProQuest Digital Dissertations revealed 87 dissertations written between the years 1958-2004. Dissertation...
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A Bio-Bibliography of Composer Warren Benson
A Bio-Bibliography of Composer Warren Benson Alan D. Wagner. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Meilen Press, 2005.The instrumental music world lost another great contributor when Warren Benson passed away on October 6, 2005, at the age of 81. It is fortuitous,...
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The Long-Term Effect of Tonal Training on the Melodic Ear Playing Achievement of Beginning Wind Instrumentalists
AbstractThe purpose of the study was to determine the long-term effect of tonal training on the melodic ear playing achievement of beginning wind instrumentalists. Subjects were 42 sixth grade beginning band students who had previously participated in...
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Inter-Judge Reliability of the Indiana State School Music Association High School Instrumental Festival
AbstractThe study examined issues of reliability as related to the Indiana State School Music Association Instrumental Festival. Using the total 2002 and 2003 population of ISSMA judges' panels (n=43 panels consisting of 3 judges per panel) and events...
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A History of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve Band
The existence of women's military bands in the United States during World War II is not well-known in the instrumental music community, and little published research mentions these ensembles (Jones, 2001; Sullivan, 2006; Woodbury, 1995).1 This is the...
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Vol. 41, No. 2, Spring

Factors Influencing Nonparticipation in College Band Programs among First-Year Students
For the past several decades an indictment of instrumental music education has been made regarding the lack of participation of undergraduate nonmusic majors in college bands. Collegiate band directors today tend to view this problem as a contemporary...
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A Comparative Analysis of Conductors' Tempo Selections in Recordings of Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy
One of the most important interpretative tasks confronting a conductor is the careful selection of tempo. There are many factors that influence the choice of an appropriate tempo for a particular piece of music, including melodic structure, harmonic...
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Women's Military Bands in a Segregated Army: The 400th and 404th Wac Bands
AbstractThis study investigated two all-women's military bands during World War II, the 400th and 404th Women's Army Corps (WAC) Bands. Focus was on the inception and activities of two separate ensembles as they worked cooperatively to serve their post...
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Samuel Barber's Second Work for Band, Funeral March (Based on the Army Air Corps Song)
Many musicians know Samuel Barber's Commando March as his only work for band, but another piece exists. Funeral March (Based on the Army Air Corps Song) was written in 1943, a time of significant personal and professional development for Barber.After...
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The American Bandmasters Association's Impact upon Wind-Band Instrumentation
IntroductionThe American Bandmasters Association (ABA) was established in 1929 by some of the most prominent band directors of the day from the United States and Canada. Due to the distinguished membership, the ABA asserted influence on the profession...
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Vol. 41, No. 1, Fall

A History and Analysis of Albert Roussel's a Glorious Day, Op. 48
In the early twentieth century, established composers rarely wrote serious concert music specifically for the wind band. Notwithstanding, French composer Albert Roussel (1869-1937) composed A Glorious Day, op. 48 in 1932. To say it has had an uncelebrated...
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Alton Augustus Adams: One of the Best-Known Musicians of the U. S. Virgin Islands
In the spring of 1917, the United States was about to enter World War I. To prevent a German presence in the region, the United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million dollars.Negotiations to sell the islands to the United States...
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Exploration of a Sequence for Teaching Intonation Skills and Concepts to Wind Instrumentalists
AbstractDevelopment of intonation control is believed to be an important component of an instrumental music curriculum. Specific intonation skills, portions of organized sequences of these skills, and priorities in establishing sequences have been discussed...
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A Band Repertoire Has Emerged
During the academic year 1965-66, Karl M. Holvik was asked by CBDNA President Manley Whitcomb to determine the answer to the following question: is there an emerging band repertoire? Charged with a difficult task, Holvik decided to survey the CBDNA membership,...
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Factors Influencing Participation in Community Bands
AbstractThe purpose of this investigation was to assess factors influencing 401 adults' participation in ten community bands from Texas, Michigan, and California. Results indicated that the typical community band member is over 35 years old, college...
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