Brass, Reeds, and Percussion

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion is WLRH’s longest running program, started in 1976 by musician Darryl Adams,  and as the name suggests—is a program about music for the wind band (as opposed to the orchestra).  The program, hosted by John Hightower, 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.

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. Follow Brass, Reeds and Percussion on Facebook.


Darryl G. Adams, March 30, 1939 - October 18, 2011

Darryl Adams originated Brass, Reeds, and Percussion and 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.) He hosted the program from 1976 until his death 2011. WLRH's earliest roots thrive 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.

Local Wind Bands

Twickenham Winds

Brass Band of Huntsville

Rocket City Jazz Orchestra

Old Towne Brass

Huntsville Concert Band

Madison Community Band


Shoals Community Concert Band

The Rocketeers Drum and Bugle Corps


Local College Bands:

Alabama A&M University Band

University of Alabama in Huntsville Wind Ensemble

University of North Alabama Bands



High School Bands and Orchestras ... 

Bob Jones High School Band

Grissom High School Band

Huntsville High School Band

Meridianville Middle School Band

Hazel Green High School Band

Johnson High School Band

James Clemons High School Band

Austin High School Band

Sparkman High School Band

Lee High School Band

Buckhorn High School Band

Madison County High School Band

New Hope High School Band

If your musical organization is not listed on our page, please send contact information to John Hightower at

To arrange to have your event announced on BRP, e-mail John Hightower at 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, please submit your request on the WLRH PSA program page. 


Brass, Reeds and Percussion (Jan. 25, 2014)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This episdoe of Brass, Reeds and Percussion aired January 25, 2014.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Gabriel Fauré" (Jan. 18, 2014)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Perhaps most famous as an organist, Gabriel Fauré lived from 1845 to 1924. He was a student of Camille Saint Saens and a teacher of Maurice Ravel, Florent Schmitt, George Enescu, and Nadia Boulanger. Richard Strauss sought his advice. His music bridges the romantic period and the modern period. In 1871, he was appointed choirmaster at the Saint-Sulpice church under the composer and organist Charles-Marie Widor. During some services at the church, Widor and Fauré improvised simultaneously at the church's two organs, trying to catch each with sudden changes of key.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Wind Band Variety" (Jan. 11, 2014)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The January 11 edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion demonstrates the variety of wind-band music. It’s not just march music, but includes opera overtures, jazz, dixieland, modern art music.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Christmas Show" Dec. 21, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "??" (Dec. 14, 2013)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Coventry Carol" (Dec. 7, 2013)

Friday, December 6, 2013

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion explores the Picardy Third and The History of Coventry Carol. Aired Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Paisiello and The Barber of Seville" (Nov. 30, 2013)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion explores the history of The Barber of Seville, featuring wind band selections of Giovanni Paisiello's rendition. Aired Nov. 30, 2013.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion 'Thanksgiving Music' Nov. 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

This week's Brass, Reeds and Percussion is features Thanksgiving music, including music from William Billings.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion 'Opera Music' Nov. 16, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion features wind band transcriptions of 'opera music', including Wagner's "The Valkyrie". Aired Saturday, November 16th, 2013.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion - Veteran's Day Salute, Nov. 9th. 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Brass, Reeds and Percussion - Halloween podcast

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Enjoy this Halloween podcast of Brass, Reeds and Percussion with John Hightower.




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