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    Welcome to The Concert Band

    This web site is dedicated to college and secondary school concert and wind bands. It contains information about the various instruments employed, as well as hints about band training (including technique and intonation), conducting, the physical laws the govern sound production, and anything else I think the young musicians who play in these bands might find helpful. Some sections (such as the one on interpretation) are more for band directors than players, of course, but overall I have tried to include something of interest to just about everyone.

    There is also a large section devoted to the activities of the Brass Band Jenderal (BBJ), a Salvation Army band based in Medan, Indonesia. If you are interested in this Band, click here.

    Some of the information on this website has been extracted from my book entitled The Band Director's Handbook: A guide for College and Secondary School Band Directors in Southeast Asia. The book also includes additional chapters on pedagogy and the varying characteristics of different wind band instruments that are not included in this website. It also has a chapter devoted to writing arrangements and transcriptions for wind band. To order a copy of my book, see the publication details below.

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    BBJ stands for Brass Band Jenderal. It means “The General’s Band” in English. The band is based at a Salvation Army Boys home in Medan, Indonesia. Sometimes called “The Medan Band” by foreigners, it was given the name BBJ in 1989 by General Eva Burrows (the Salvation Army’s international leader at the time) when she met band members in Bandung, Indonesia Read about it here.
    This is the section where I intend to post a variety of articles expanding on subjects not discussed in detail on other parts of this website. Click here.

    This website includes several free scores for both wind and brass band that you can download and use with your band. One of my favourites is an arrangement of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus that I wrote for brass band. To take a look as the music, click here. To take a look at the other scores currently available on this website, click here.

     

     

    This book has been written in response to the need for a comprehensive yet affordable guide for wind band directors. It is a practical manual, dealing with the principles of embouchure formation, tone production, and articulation for every major brass and woodwind instrument. Special chapters are also devoted to the fundamentals of conducting and writing transcriptions. In every case, the idea has been to approach the subject matter from the point of view of the non-specialist.

    You can purchase the handbook online

    http://www.mphonline.com.my

    Or From The Amazon.com

     

     

     

    This section discusses some of the basic principles involved in getting beyond the notes and interpreting the music.  Not all of the principles outlined here need to be understood by band members in order to produce a musically pleasing performance. However, the conductor certainly needs to be aware of them if he is to bring out the best in his band! Click here.
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    Nias Visit 2004

    In November 2004, the band went to Nias for the first time. Nias is a poor island off the West coast of Sumatra, where about half of the boys in the home have relatives.

     

     

     

    Introduction
    Band Trip
    Earthquake damage

    Introduction

    In November 2004, the band went to Nias for the first time. Nias is a poor island off the West coast of Sumatra, where about half of the boys in the home have relatives.

    Nias is also one of the areas badly affected by both the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia on December 26 and the earthquake on April 28 the following year. Fortunately, very few of the relatives of the boys were injured. The Salvation Amy and other relief organisations sent emergency supplies to the island, including medical help. After the earthquake, food - especially rice - commandsd a high price. This appears to have been the work of corrupt officials hoarding relief supplies.


    Band Trip

    The band trip, of course, took place in much happier times. This photograph includes some older Salvation Army officers in our "rombongan" from Medan who donned our band T-shirts just for fun.

    The band took part in a traditional Salvation Army procession:

    With the band leading the way:

    Look at the backdrop we had for one performance! Picture taken after the show was over.

    By the sea. Thanks to the tsunami, it is probably all gone now.


    Earthquake Damage

    I have several photographs of the damage, but I will not put them all here. The ones with dead bodies are just too gory. But these previously unpublished photos sent to me by one of the Medan band members who visited the island soon after the quake should give you some idea of the destruction.

    This photograph was taken in Gunungsitoli, the main town on eastern side of the island where hundreds of people died.

    Here is what is left of the Salvation Army corps (church) in Teluk Dalam (a town in the south of the island) where the band stayed last November. Fortunately, we were not there when the earthquake hit!

     

     

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