WHS Concert Band | Winter Concert 2015 | "American Patrol"

"American Patrol" is a popular march written by Frank White (F.W.) Meachem in 1885. It incorporates both original musical themes by Meachem and melodies from American patriotic songs of the era such as "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" and "Dixie". Composed for piano, it was then arranged for wind band and published by Carl Fischer in 1891.

 

WHS Concert Band | Winter Concert 2015 | "Escape From The Deep"

The miraculous survival of nine Navy officers is depicted in this selection based on the book of the same name. The music begins with a military quality, but then takes on a much more dissonant character as the crew members fight for their lives. Excerpts from America begin to appear in various forms, first in adrenaline-packed moments, then in a brief moment of solitude. The final burst of energy portrays the sailors' incredible escape from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the water.

 

WHS Concert Band | Winter Concert 2015 | "Colors Of Fall"

This heartfelt work catches the beauty and color of the autumn season. Opening quietly, a flowing melody is introduced by flutes and gradually grows as additional instruments join in, building to breathtaking climax. From there, the work quickly subsides, ending as it began, quietly and touching, creating a spell no one will want to break.

 

WHS Symphonic Band | Winter Concert 2015 | "United Nations"

Written in 1942, "United Nations" is one of the most famous of Karl L. King's marches! Stirring melodies and countermelodies made King a "tunesmith" without peer, and this treatment has become just as popular as other arrangements of his marches.

 

WHS Symphonic Band | Winter Concert 2015 | "Blessed Are They"

A German Requiem, To Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms is a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, and a soprano and a baritone soloist, composed between 1865 and 1868. It comprises seven movements, which together has 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms longest composition. "Blessed Are They" is from Movement I, and it's full title is "Blessed are they who bear suffering".

 

WHS Symphonic Band | Winter Concert 2015 | "Emparata Overture"

Claude Thomas Smith (March 14, 1932 - December 13, 1987) was an American band conductor, composer, and music educator. Smith is perhaps best known for his rhythmic practice, particularly introducing asymmetrical meters in to the band idiom in 1964 with the 7/8 and oddly subdivided 9/8 measures of "Emparata Overture".