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Wind Symphony director Don Peterson is grateful for the chance to pass old standards of the repertoire on to the next generation of band musicians

The BYU Wind Symphony will celebrate fundamental works and composers in their Oct. 30 concert, titled “Wind Band Classics.”

The programmed standards include John Philip Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis,” Samuel Barber’s “Commando March” and March from “Symphonic Metamorphosis.” The Wind Symphony will also perform three suites, including Darius Milhaud’s emotional “Suite Française,” which was written for American band students after World War II to express gratitude to their fathers who gave their lives to free France.

Peterson feels personally invested in honoring these classics and passing them down to the next generation of band musicians. He wrote his dissertation on standard band repertoire, drawing from a wide survey of college and high school directors to develop a list of universally recognized staples for a wind band education. 

“When students play in a university’s top bands, they often don’t get a chance to play the old standards because they’re learning a lot of new music instead,” said Peterson. “In the orchestra world, everybody knows you need to be exposed to composers like Beethoven and Brahms; in the band world we’re often so progressive that we don’t play the pieces that are really our heritage, these gems of the repertoire that every student should know before they graduate from college.” 

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