On October 11th, 2016, I went to the OSU Symphonic Band concert, conducted by Associate Director of Bands, Douglas Henderson. After the OSU Saxophone Octet opened for the concert, the Symphonic Band performed In This Broad Earth, composed by Steven Bryant, Danzon (from Fancy Free Ballet), composed by Leonard Bernstein and arranged by John Krance, Peace and Light Rising, composed by Edward Knight, and all four movements of Second Suite in F, composed by Gustav Holst. The Symphonic Band is the second group between the first group, Wind Ensemble, and the third group, Concert Band. Their instrumentation aligns with the modern concert band style of piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and various percussion instruments to meet the piece’s requirements. The concert took place in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall with a variety of college students and adults in the audience. The OSU Symphonic Band’s concert has allowed me to further understand and use the information I’ve learned in class from observing them play In This Broad Earth, Danzon, Peace and Light Rising, and Second Suite in F Major.
The OSU Symphonic Band opened with In This Broad Earth by Steven Bryant. The brass started the piece off with a strong and warm contrapuntal welcome that signified the beauty of our home, earth. The winds stayed tonal throughout the entire piece and