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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion: October 28, 2023 (Halloween)

Mysterious and macabre and reflective of mortality—that’s the type of music for this edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion because it’s the Halloween edition.

In 1936, before a concert to be broadcast on radio, Artie Shaw needed a theme tune. Theme tunes were important because they helped to indentify a big band. In short, having a theme tune was part of big-band marketing. Many big bands simply chose a song from Tin Pan Alley, but Shaw decided to write his own and to make it truly unique and therefore vastly more memorable. The name of the tune is “Nightmare”—and its unique sound is a great way to begin the Halloween edition. This theme song became a hit in its own right in 1938.

  1. Nightmare 1938 recording
    Composer:  Artie Shaw (1910-2004)
    Performer:  Artie Shaw & His New Music
    Album:  Swing Time, Vol. 2
  2. Gothic for Wind Orchestra
    Composer:  Makiko Kinoshita (1956- )
    Performer:  Japan Ground Self Defense Force Central Band
    Album:  Gothic
  3. Halewijn
    Composer:  Gerard Boedijn (1893-1972)
    Performer:  Portuguese Symphonic Band
    Album:  Hamlet
  4. Hamlet Symphony: Aparicion
    Composer:  Santiago Quinto Serna (1971- )
    Performer:  Portuguese Symphonic Band
    Album:  Hamlet
  5. Hamlet Symphony: Monologo
    Composer:   Santiago Quinto Serna
    Performer:  Portuguese Symphonic Band
    Album:  Hamlet
  6. Hamlet Symphony: Locura
    Composer:  Santiago Quinto Serna
    Performer:  Portuguese Symphonic Band
    Album:  Hamlet
  7. Phantom Regiment
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
    Performer:  Keystone Wind Ensemble
    Album:  Leroy Anderson: Phantom Regiment and Other Tales
Born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1951, John moved to Huntsville in 1975, where he worked for a communications training firm. From 1997 to 2022, John worked for the Lanier Ford law firm. During his tenure, He served as Lanier Ford's law librarian, marketing specialist, trainer, and professional recruiter. While in college and law school, John worked in professional radio in Starkville and Oxford, Mississippi.