American Salutes

April 29, 2014


After the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s concert tomorrow night, the group, under its director Mark Davis Scatterday, will record the major part of the program: three works by alumnus Jeff Tyzik, with soloists Mark Kellogg and Michael Burritt.. This continues more than 60 years of commitment by the EWE to American music and composers, starting with its first Mercury recording under Frederick Fennell (shown above), which included music of Samuel Barber, Walter Piston, Robert Russell Bennett, William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Morton Gould. In succeeding years, all of the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s directors — Fennell, A. Clyde Roller, Donald Hunsberger, and Scatterday — have recorded numerous LPs and CDs of music by succeeding generations of American composers. Get a “live preview” of the upcoming EWE/Tyzik release on April 30 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall.

Shown below are all four Eastman Wind Ensemble directors, photographed at the group’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2002: Frederick Fennell, Don Hunsberger, Mark Scatterday, and A. Clyde Roller.