Brass, Reeds, and Percussion Schedule
Saturday at noon
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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion
About the Program:
Bands have always played an important role in introducing the American public to a better class of music. Symphony orchestras in America were few in the 1800s and as late as 1900 there were less than ten major symphony orchestras in operation. Bands, therefore, were largely responsible for bringing the classics to the American public. They provided most of the public's exposure to this form of music.
Famous band directors have had their influence on the American band movement including Gilmore and Sousa. In fact Sousa was one of the first to compose substantial original works for band. It was Sousa who led the band movement through the golden age of bands and well into the 20th century. His specialty was marches, and that is what he is primarily known for; however, he was an entertainer who knew how to cleverly program his concerts. He set the example for those that followed.
Brass, Reeds, and Percussion attempts to bring back the traditional band sound and programming; yet offers a taste of new things. The program, heard weekly at noon on WLRH, has been produced continuously since October 1976. Darryl Adams, the producer of the program, has been associated with the show since its inception. It is produced live each Saturday (except for an occasional taped show) and is structured for the most part like Sousa used to program his concerts - with lots of marches.
The program uses both vinyl and CD sources, obtained both commercially and from universities and the military organizations, i.e. the Marines, the Army, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, and the Navy. Each program is unique, and sometimes follows a theme like: circus music, Fourth of July, British Remembrance Day, Bagpipes, College Football Fight Songs which comes the first Saturday of College Football, to name but a few.