It’s always interesting to find band pieces that I’ve played so long ago that I barely remember them. Yet when I hear it again, I know for sure I’ve played them before.

Also, I’ve found that the aforementioned rediscovery of band pieces happens most often with pieces by Robert W. Smith. Great composer, quite traditional in style, yet never boring to listen to. 

Black Granite

I stumbled upon this piece purely by accident when I should have been doing my homework, and I realized it was the piece I had played (and loved) in band my Freshmen year. Realizing I hadn’t posted it on my blog, I decided to immediately remedy that.

Divertimento for Winds and Percussion

This is the fourth movement from a piece that we are playing in band, by Roger Cichy. This movement is surely my favorite. The composer actually wrote this as a tribute to three great American composers: Bernstein, Copland, and Gershwin. A tribute to one great composer is a big task, but three? I won’t be the judge of whether if the piece does them justice, but I’ll surely be the first to say that this is a great movement.