This spring I have begun to compose a work for band, and I have started to think of all the low and high points of the band/wind ensemble repertoire. I enjoy the band works of Grainger, Sousa and Husa. Even though I have become burned out onthe works of Sousa and Grainger I think they are some of the better works for that ensemble. The low points, to me at least, are two-thirds of the music I played in high school band. (That may be a bit of an optimistic estimate.)
I am starting to enjoy my piece for band even though I have the most minimal of notes down on the page so far. (No, that does not make the piece a minimalist work.) It is a sort of concerto for band with the tentative title of Sinfonia.
I don’t recall ever seeing the topic of band music being discussed here, so let me know what you see as the highs and lows of the band repertoire.
Have you written for this ensemble? Why or why not?