Our Repertoire

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—2017—

On tap for this year is one of the greats:

  • Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst

and a special bit of Christmas in the summer!

—2016—

We played some pieces which were new to us:

  • Eric Whitacre’s beautiful October
  • Legends of Jazz by Stephen Bulla
  • premiered a new work by our own James McConville, Two to Tango
  • the classic Funeral March of a Marionette
  • Entry March of the Boyars

and some classics:

  • Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Polka & Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper
  • Instant Concert
  • Carmen Dragon’s great arrangement of America the Beautiful

and two of my most favorite works for band:

  • Elie Siegmeister’s Wilderness Road
  • Marche des Parachutistes Belges

—2015—

We played two of the great classics:

  • The one that started it all, Gustav Holst’s First Suite in Eb
  • Widely considered the greatest piece ever written for band, Lincolnshire Posy  by Percy Grainger

As well as a first look at another wonderful work:

  • Frank Tichelli, Shenandoah

We premiered a new work by one of our members:

  • The British Grenadiers by James McConville

And, among others:

  • Irving Berlin’s Songs For America
  • Third Army March

—2014—

This year we are playing some major band classics for the first time:

  • William Schumann’s Chester
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance
  • Porgy and Bess in a marvelous old arrangement by Robert Russell Bennett

and a fun piece by a legendary Minnesota musician:

  • All Things Considered by Frank Bencriscutto

—2013—

This year we featured some great classics:

  • Variations on America by Charles Ives
  • Gordon Jacob’s wonderful An Original Suite
  • Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic

From pop, jazz and Broadway:

  • Sammy Nestico’s beautiful arrangement of When You Wish Upon A Star
  • Harlem Nocturne
  • Someone To Watch Over Me with solo vocals
  • Big Band Signatures
  • Sinatra!

a couple more contemporary works:

  • And In The End It Was Earth
  • Ed Madden’s Fantasia on a Folk Theme

and familiar marches like:

  • On The Mall
  • Washington Post

— 2012 —

  • One of my favorite marches, Valdres 

— 2011 —

We played some great classics:

  • Second Suite for Band by Gustav Holst
  • American Overture for Band by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins
  • Grainger’s Children’s March

great music from Broadway:

  • West Side Story
  • As Time Goes By as a vocal feature

some fun pieces:

  • Alpha and Omega
  • Railroad Ramble
  • Leroy Anderson’s Phantom Regiment

we featured an assortment of four instrumental soloists various nights on:

  • Chartreusse by Frank Cofield

plus:

  • Big Band Showcase
  • Knightsbridge March

— 2010 —

Wonderful performances of great classics:

  • Toccata Marziale by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Suite from Pineapple Poll
  • Morton Gould’s American Salute
  • Suite Francaise by Darius Milhaud

jazz tunes:

  • Neal Hefti’s classic ‘Lil Darlin’
  • Amazing Grace as arranged for the Canadian Brass

and also:

  • Clare Grundman’s A Bernstein Tribute
  • the great songs of Hoagy Carmichael in Concert
  • the wonderful Marche des Parachutistes Belges

— 2009 —

Two American and two British classics:

  • Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances (all 5 movements)
  • Samuel Barber’s Commando March
  • Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Moorside March by Gustav Holst

An assortment of jazz:

  • Glenn Miller in Concert
  • Original Dixieland Concerto
  • ‘Round Midnight as a vocal feature

A wonderful Broadway arrangement:

  • Oliver

Just for fun:

  • Instant Concert
  • Leroy Anderson’s The Waltzing Cat

— 2008 —

This year’s repertoire includes two great classics:

  • Gustav Holst’s First Suite in Eb
  • Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy

We have Broadway music from three different eras:

  • Some great old Cole Porter songs from his Kiss Me Kate
  • Jerome Robbins’ Broadway features some great Leonard Bernstein songs from Candide, On the Town, and West Side Story
  • A medley of tunes from the current hit, Hairspray

Jazz tunes include:

  • A great arrangement from the Canadian Brass of Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  • An Alto Saxophone feature, Come Sunday
  • And a fun movement called Congo Square from The French Quarter

This being Minnesota’s sesquicentennial, we are featuring:

  • Frank Bencriscutto’s arrangement of Hail! Minnesota
  • Sousa’s Minnesota March

The percussion gets to shine on:

  • Henry Fillmore’s The Footlifter
  • Washington Post
  • Armed Forces Salute

Other pieces include:

  • Jimmy Howe’s wonderful Pentland Hills
  • Grainger’s lyrical Irish Tune From County Derry
  • Irving Berlin’s Songs for America

— 2004 —

  • America, The Beautiful
  • Armed Forces Salute
  • Colonel Bogey
  • Commando March
  • Country Gardens
  • English Suite
  • Harlem Nocturne
  • If My Friends Could See Me Now
  • Irish Tune from County Derry
  • Marche Des Parachutistes Belges
  • On Stage with Cole Porter
  • Pavanne
  • The Shadow of Your Smile
  • The Symphonic Gershwin

— 1999 —

  • Some familiar band classics like:
    • Second Suite for Military Band in F-major – Gustav Holst
    • Variations on America – Ives/Schuman/Rhoads
    • Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon – Percy Grainger
    • American Patrol – Meacham
  • And we played some great pieces you’ve probably never heard of:
    • Wilderness Road – Elie Siegmeister
    • Satchmo – Warren Barker
    • Mr. Wonderful – Jerry Bork
    • La Belle Americana – Warren Barker
  • We played some jazz tunes:
    • Bill Bailey
    • Sophisticated Ladies – John Cacavas
  • And of course some Broadway medleys:
    • Jerome Robbins’ Broadway
    • Highlights from My Fair Lady
  • And marches including:
    • Minnesota March
    • His Honor
    • Fairest of the Fair
    • Russian Army March

— 1998 —

  • Holst’s First Suite in E-flat
  • Sammy Nestico’s terrific Tribute to Stephen Foster
  • Vocal solos on Someone to Watch Over Me and As Time Goes By
  • Big Band Showcase
  • The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • A horn section feature, Holiday for Horns
  • A couple of lovely but lesser-known works:
    • Frank Erickson’s Deep River Suite
    • Ed Madden’s Fantasia on a Folk Theme

In 1997 our repertoire included Gordon Jacob’s Original Suite and American Salute by Morton Gould. We featured vocal solos on Round Midnight and If My Friends Could See Me Now. We played the jazz tunes Glenn Miller in Concert and Just a Closer Walk with Thee. We played medleys from The King & I and Carousel, and played a fun collection of marches including Semper Paratus, The Footlifter, and Marche des Parachutistes Belges.

— 1988 —

  • Gordon Jacob’s Original Suite
  • Glenn Miller in Concert
  • Irving Berlin’s Songs for America
  • Dance & Interlude by Clare Grundman
  • Charles Ives Variations on America
  • Pentland Hills
  • Minnesota March
  • Harlem Rag

This gives you an idea of the music we play. I know I can’t please everyone all the time, but hopefully everyone enjoys most of the music.  Repertoire suggestions are welcomed!

Paul Husby, Director