Thanks to Mark Custom Recording I was able to get an advanced copy of the 2011 Texas All-State Symphonic Band’s TMEA performance of “Rio’s Convergence” for promotional purposes. Newly added link is in the Wind Ensemble section of the Music page.
The young, talented musicians in the ensemble did a fantastic job learning a brand new work that had never been performed before in just a few short days. For the most part, the wind band programs performed at TMEA are filled with works that have been played many times before by ensembles across the country, many of which have been previously learned and performed by the musicians in the All-State groups.
In the rare case when a work is actually commissioned for and premiered by a Texas All-State wind band it makes it much more difficult for the players to get to a level of mastery when they’re given only three days to rehearse. I was very impressed with all of the musicians in this year’s 4A Symphonic Band. As a collective ensemble they went from 0 to 100 in such a short amount of time and proved why music education in this country needs continual support.
Music has consistently played a priceless role in human civilization – I am aware of no culture, past or present, that has achieved any measurable significant value without music having played a major role in that achievement.
Music soothes the soul (well, most music anyway).