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  • This edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion features original classical wind-band music by Haydn (harmoniemusik), Advent music, and a medley of Medieval Christmas carols. In Christian denominations that observe it, Advent is a period of waiting and anticipation that begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. There are many good and old hymn tunes that are associated with this period of the Christian liturgical calendar. So today’s edition will begin with “Savior of the Nations, Come,” the words of which can be traced back to a hymn written by St. Ambrose of Milan. The words most commonly used can be traced to Martin Luther, who may have also adapted the hymn tune heard from a Gregorian chant.
  • As I prepare for Brass, Reeds, and Percusion, I audition many band works. From time to time, I come across a march that I haven’t encountered before, but that really excites me. It immediately becomes my new favorite march. And today’s edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion opens with one of those: “The March of the Olympians,” written for the opening of the 1960 Olympics. There are two composers: Tommy Walker and Robert Linn. I haven’t been able to locate any information about Tommy Walker, but Robert Linn was the head of the Composition Department at the University of Southern California for 17 years and a prolific composer. Today’s edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion opens with the U.S. Navy Band performing “The March of the Olympians.”