When a taxicab injured 6-year-old Bert Kaempfert in 1929, his mother invested the small fortune from the lawsuit in piano lessons. Eventually, little Bert grew up, learned how to play the accordion and clarinet as well, and began playing professionally at age 16. During WW II, he served in a German navy band. In 1959, Germans record companies wouldn’t buy his recording “Wonderland at Night,” so he brought it to the United States where Decca records published it and it became a number-one big on the pop music charts.
Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (BRP) airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. 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.
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 at 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).
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's 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
Local Wind Bands
Local College Bands:
High School Bands and Orchestras ...
If your musical organization is not listed on our page, please send contact information to John Hightower at [email protected]
To arrange to have your event announced on BRP, e-mail John Hightower at [email protected] or you can submit your non-profit event to our website. To arrange for a public service announcement to run throughout WLRH’s broadcast day, e-mail PSA Requests at [email protected]. Please allow AT LEAST five weeks advance notice for all PSA requests.