"Made In The USA"

A Tribute to the Great Names of Wind Band History

For our Spring 2012 concert, "Made In The USA," the Moreno Valley Wind Symphony pays tribute to eight individuals that have enabled the American wind symphony to take its place among musical institutions that define this nation’s musical culture. This page details each individual's specific contributions to the wind literature, philosophy, and direction that defines the wind symphony today. The composers of this performance’s music as well as all of us on the performance stage tonight owe our musical opportunities to these individuals and we hope you enjoy music specifically written for the American wind symphony!

John Philip SousaJohn Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa will always be remembered as the March King and conductor of the U.S. Marine Band. However, it’s what he did after he left the Marine Band that puts him in our line-up of wind symphony founding fathers. Upon leaving the Marine Band, he created The Sousa Band that toured for over 40 years and remained the most popular musical act in the world during that time.

It was the first American musical organization to go on tour…and it was a wind band! It was the first musical act to travel more than a million miles and perform for more than a million people…and it was a wind band! It was a wind band whose members were the best in the world on their instruments led by a world-famous composer and conductor.

Edwin Franco GoldmanEdwin Franco Goldman

Goldman organized the New York Military Band in 1911 which then became The Goldman Band in 1918. A truly landmark ensemble, The Goldman Band initiated free public summer concerts in the New York City area that continued for an incredible 93 years until it was shut down in 2005.

It was Goldman’s contention that the New York symphony and orchestra musicians, in the summer bands of the time, rarely rehearsed and didn’t take these performances very seriously. As a result, he took advantage of the opportunity to create a really good wind ensemble.

His free concerts from Prospect Park in Brooklyn would become popular radio broadcasts that, for the first time, brought wind music to all segments of society. For his contribution to the radio industry, Goldman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Eventually, in 1929, he founded the American Bandmaster's Association and served as Second Honorary Life President after John Philip Sousa.

Walter BeelerWalter Beeler

From 1935 to the late 1960s, and then again in the early 1970s, Walter Beeler (1908-1973) led the Ithaca College Concert Band to national prominence. In doing so, he built a legion of highly successful band directors, including Col Arnald Gabriel.

Arguably, his greatest contribution to the wind band movement was his establishment of rehearsal and performance methodology standards that continue to resonate today. During his thirty-five year tenure as conductor of the Ithaca College Concert Band, "Mr. Band" premiered numerous new compositions for wind band and his method books, arrangements, and transcriptions for wind band numbered close to 200.

Dr. Frederick FennellDr. Frederick Fennell

He literally invented the contemporary wind ensemble at the Eastman School of Music in 1952, spurring an entire original repertoire for such groups and making them a national phenomenon.

Widely regarded as THE leader of the wind ensemble movement in the United States, the diminutive Fennell was a true giant in the classical wind band music world.

Since the early 1950s, there can hardly be a wind performer or conductor who has not been introduced to or affected by, in some major way, the innovations of Frederick Fennell and his Eastman Wind Ensemble approach to musicality in the wind band world.

He broke open the long-standing traditions of large bands with their borrowed orchestral arrangements and sought to create a new original repertoire from major composers of the day.

John PaynterJohn Paynter

In 1956, at the young age of 28, John Paynter became the conductor of the newly-formed Northshore Concert Band. Under his 40 year leadership, this ensemble has developed into the role model for community bands nationally and worldwide. The Northshore Concert Band is one of the most influential and respected symphonic bands in the world today. The group has members who have been in the band over thirty years and is a fine example of the idea, championed by Paynter, that music-making should play a role in the lives of people of all ages and professions.

Paynter was also the director of bands at Northwestern University and revered as a composer and arranger with more than 400 works to his credit.

Dr. William RevelliDr. William Revelli

When the history of instrumental music education of the Twentieth Century is written, the name, William Revelli, will be everywhere and inescapable. At the time of his death in 1994, at the age of 92, he was regarded as one of the great music educators and band conductors of the century.

In 1961, the U.S. State Department arranged a cultural exchange with the Soviet Union and several committee members were opposed to send Revelli’s nationally respected University of Michigan Wind Symphony, declaring that a college band wasn't good enough or disciplined enough to represent the U.S. The members all flew out to Ann Arbor to listen to a concert and became converts.

The response was overwhelming. The Soviets "had never heard anything like it," Revelli recalls. The band played encore after encore, and fans even rushed the stage after performances. It was still so unusual for westerners to travel in the Soviet Union that he remembers looking out of his sleeping-car window at five-thirty on a pitch-dark morning and seeing thousands of people at the statiion. They had come just to see what Americans looked like. And, this was an American wind band!

Col. Arnald GabrielCol. Arnald Gabriel

A musical goodwill ambassador, Colonel Arnald Gabriel was largely responsible for the popularization of wind band music in the post WWII era through his accomplished work as the commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band for 21 years.

His concerts in Constitution Hall, Washington D.C., were always considered celebrations rather than performances. His meticulous and creative programming also brought major artists from the television, film, music, and theater arts world onto the stage with the Air Force Band which presented wind band music to the public like it had never been presented before.

In retirement, Col. Gabriel continues to appear as a clinician at major state, regional, and university music festivals and guest conducts outstanding school, college, municipal, and military bands as well as orchestras around the world.

Jerry JunkinJerry Junkin

Under the direction of Jerry Junkin, the Dallas Wind Symphony is regarded as one of the world's leading wind symphony's in operation today and is currently this nation's standard of excellence in the wind band universe. 
The Dallas Wind Symphony has released fourteen high-fidelity recordings since 1991, and two of those have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Excerpts from Dallas Wind Symphony  concerts are frequently heard on American Public Media's Performance Today show.

Professor Junkin is also the conductor of The University of Texas Wind Ensemble. In that capacity he maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and lecturer, and has appeared in those capacities in forty-eight states and on five continents.

With Professor Junkin, we see the qualities of all those we have honored tonight in one musician. His tremendous conducting talents, as well as his dedication to America's artistic youth, ensure that wind symphony's across America continue to have a standard to strive for, but, more importantly, a pride in knowing that American wind bands will continue to be an important part of this nation's musical fabric.