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In Search of the Wind-Band: An International Expedition
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  • Daniel Rager, Cleveland State University
In Search of the Wind-Band: An International Expedition is a new 214 page book, exploring 16 countries. The 21st century musician and wind-band have had a long winding road. From rock & roll to jazz and classical music, this one-stop pedagogy source brings to life a detailed development of band history, its instrumentation, repertoire, function, social role, contest anomalies and industry products in all of its styles, genres and progeniture forms. Sixteen countries are explored from Europe through North and South America, providing the largest concise history (past, present and future) of instrumental bands published to date. In addition, railroad, industrial, prison, community, police, school, hospital, blind and Native American Indian bands are explored. Much of the material including the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, and Russia is exclusive to this book and not published online or written about elsewhere. Chapters: 1. Overture: What Constitutes a Wind Band? - 2. Introduction to European History and Development - 3. Historical Homogeneous Wind-Bands - 4. American Wind Music - 5. Denmark Wind Music - 6. Finnish Wind Music - 7. Industry Wind Bands - 8. Ireland Wind Music - 9. Japanese Wind Music - 10. Mexican Wind Music - 11. Native American Indian Wind Music - 12. Penitentiary Wind Music - 13. Russian Wind Music - 14. Spanish Wind Music - 15-19. South American Wind Music (Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Peru) - 20. Strawberry or Bubblegum - 21. 20th Century American Wind-Band Timeline Sample readings of select chapters are available here.
Publication Date
Great Lakes Music
  • music,
  • wind symphony,
  • wind-band,
  • band,
  • international,
  • multicultural,
  • world music

Peruse sample readings of these select chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 16.

This is a great tool for instrumental directors, music appreciation, history or ethnomusicology courses at all levels of education. Music enthusiasts, musicians, libraries, conservatories and researchers will have a fun and intriguing experience exploring the world’s bands’ from by-gone eras to present day ensembles and beyond. Educators can assimilate this book into classroom lectures, adding to the curriculum, a compilation of histories not published before, rendering this book, the largest source of international wind-band pedagogy published to date. A chronological time-line of composers, repertoire and events from 1902 thru the 21st century is cataloged. Printed YouTube links enrich the reader’s experience, enabling them to watch exclusive ensembles perform in each chapter, bringing history to life. Available at: For more information, or to purchase In Search of the Wind-Band, contact Daniel Rager at

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Citation Information
Daniel Rager. In Search of the Wind-Band: An International Expedition. Chardon, Ohio(2017)
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