Brass, Reeds, and Percussion airs every Saturday at noon. Follow Brass, Reeds and Percussion on Facebook.
Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (BRP)—as the name suggests—is a program about music for the wind band (as opposed to the orchestra). The program features music composed for the instruments of the typical American high school band or the typical American military band. Brass, Reeds and Percussion also provides information about local wind band performances, players and history.
Local Wind Bands
Huntsville and north Alabama is lucky to have a professional wind band in residence at Redstone Arsenal: the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band:
We have a number of bands which require more-than-amateur status for membership and provide truly high-quality live performances:
Twickenham Winds: http://www.facebook.com/twickenhamwinds
Brass Band of Huntsville: http://www.brassbandofhuntsville.com/
Rocket City Jazz Orchestra: http://www.rocketcityjazz.org/
Old Towne Brass (a Civil War reenactment group): http://www.otbrass.com
North Alabama is also lucky to have a large number musical groups which welcome the musical amateur:
Huntsville Concert Band: www.HuntsvilleBand.org
Madison Community Band: www.m-c-b.org
Shoals Community Concert Band: www.shoalscommunityband.org
The Rocketeers Drum and Bugle Corps: www.therocketeers.org
Local College Bands:
Alabama A&M University Band: http://www.aamu.edu/athletics/band/pages/default.aspx
University of Alabama in Huntsville Wind Ensemble: http://www.uah.edu/la/departments/music/ensembles/bands/wind-ensemble-and-jazz-band
University of North Alabama Bands: http://www.una.edu/universitybands/
Local School Bands
Needless to say, almost every north Alabama middle or high school has a wind band. Here is a partial list of those organizations (the ones with known web sites):
Bob Jones High School Band: http://bjhsband.com/
Grissom High School Band: http://www.grissomband.com/
Huntsville High School Band: http://www.eteamz.com/huntsvillehighschoolband/
Meridianville Middle School Band: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/347030794233/
Hazel Green High School Band: http://www.freewebs.com/hazelgreenhighband/
Johnson High School High School Band: http://www.facebook.com/JOJBBA
James Clemons High School Band: http://www.jcjetsband.com/
Austin High School Band: https://www.facebook.com/JOJBBA#!/austinhigh.marchingband?fref=ts
Sparkman High School Band: http://sparkman-band.info/
Lee High School Band: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LEE-HIGH-SCHOOL-MARCHING-GENERALS/342326477118
Buckhorn High School Band: http://www.buckhornband.com/
Madison County High School Band: http://www.madison.k12.ga.us/schools/mchs/mchsathletics/band/
New Hope High School Band: http://www.madison.k12.al.us/Schools/nhhs/facultystaff/maycock/default.aspx
Promotion of Concerts and Other Events
If your musical organization is not listed on our page, please send contact information to John Hightower at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRP and WLRH are pleased to promote the concerts and other events of these organizations. To arrange to have your event announced on BRP, e-mail John Hightower at email@example.com. To arrange for a public service announcement to run throughout WLRH’s broadcast day, e-mail PSA Requests at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow AT LEAST five weeks advance notice for all PSA requests.
Major Military Bands
U.S. Marine Band: http://www.marineband.usmc.mil/
U.S. Army Bands: http://www.music.army.mil/
U.S. Air Force Bands: http://www.bands.af.mil/
About the Host
John Hightower is a “recovering” high school band member, as well as a “recovering” top-40 disc jockey. From 1969 to 1975, while in college, he worked for the following commercial radio stations: WSSO and WSMU-FM in Starkville, Mississippi, and WSUH and WOOR-FM in Oxford, Mississippi. Born and reared in Natchez, Mississippi, John has a degree in communications from Mississippi State University (1972) and law degree from the University of Mississippi (1975). From 1997 to 2011, John served as the regular substitute host for Darryl Adams. When he is not volunteering for WLRH, he works as a law librarian for Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C.
Brass, Reeds, and Percussion is WLRH’s longest running program, started in 1976 by musician Darryl Adams, who used this hourly program to share a love of John Phillips Sousa marches, wind band peformances and seasonal celebrations ... his St. Patrick's Day episode was always a hit. WLRH earliest roots thrives thanks to Darryl sharing his energy and talents with our Tennessee Valley listening community. Darryl was a rare champion for music who helped start one of WLRH's greatest traditions. We'll always be proud to have his association.
Darryl G. Adams, March 30,1939 - October 18, 2011
More information about the history of the wind band: http://www.lipscomb.edu/windbandhistory/