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The roots of the modern band or wind ensemble can be traced to Harmoniemusik groups popular in Germany and Austria in the 18th century. Community bands grew in importance through the 19th century, and conductor-composers Patrick Gilmore and John Philip Sousa established marching and concert bands in American culture. School and community bands continued to flourish in the 20th century, and their repertoire at first consisted of marches, a few classics by composers like Holst, Grainger, and Vaughan Williams, and transcriptions of orchestral music. Conductor Frederick Fennell, who established the Eastman Wind Ensemble in 1952, was responsible for standardizing the instrumentation of the modern concert band, encouraging more and more composers to contribute to what has become to a substantial and varied body of works.

Band Music Artists Highlights

John Philip Sousa
John Philip Sousa
Percy Grainger
Percy Grainger
Frederick Fennell
Frederick Fennell
Arthur Pryor
Arthur Pryor
Gordon Jacob
Gordon Jacob
Vincent Persichetti
Vincent Persichetti

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Band Music Album Highlights

Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Arthur Fiedler
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Sousa's Greatest Hits
United States Marine Band
Sousa's Greatest Hits
Too Much Mustard
James Reese Europe
Too Much Mustard
The United States Marine Band
United States Marine Band
The United States Marine ...
41 Great College Victory Songs
University of Michigan Band
41 Great College Victory ...
America's Favorite Marches
Various Artists
America's Favorite Marches

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