Fanfare for the Common Man

Aaron Copland defined the style of “American Classical” in the early 20th century. Today we will listen to Fanfare for the Common Man, used in countless movies and TV shows. Check out the slides for more info and two videos – the New York Philharmonic and a rock version by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus played string bass with some of the biggest names in Free Jazz. Today in jazz band we will hear selections from his album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.

John Philip Sousa

Known as “The March King,” John Philip Sousa penned some of the most recognizable marches in history. During his long career he led the Marine Corps Band, a Navy Band, and his own touring group. Today we will listen to several selections written by Sousa.

Check out the slides for more information.

Count Basie

Count Basie headed one of the first popular big bands in Harlem. Jazz Band today will hear several selections, including Jumpin’ at the Woodside and April in Paris.

Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, with his long-time collaborator Paul Desmond, performed some of the most recognizable odd-meter jazz tunes. Today we will listen to selections from his album Time Out. Check out the slides for more info and a video of Blue Rondo a la Turk.

Here’s a video of a live performance of Take Five!

Kind of Blue – Miles Davis

Kind of Blue is the best-selling jazz album all time, and with good reason. Miles Davis’ masterpiece of Cool Jazz defined the genre. Jazz Band today will listen to a few selections, and I suggest you check out the entire album!

See more info on the slides.

First day!

Welcome to the ILT Keller HS music program!

Check out today’s slides to review the information presented in class, including recordings of Holst’s Mars and Buddy Rich’s Nutville.