March 6, 2014 --
In celebration of the 102nd anniversary of the United States Girl Scouts, this month’s March of the Month audio download is Axel W. E. Austin’s “United States Girl Scouts” march, arranged by George F. Briegel. Girl Scouts of the USA was officially formed on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low.
Conducted by Assistant Director Capt. Charles P. Erwin, the Marine Band recorded the piece on March 11, 1979, at the Departmental Auditorium (now the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium) in Washington, D.C.
Download March, “United States Girl Scouts”
This month’s New Music Corner audio download is Jonathan Newman’s “Chunk.” “Chunk” was composed in 2003 for the University of Las Vegas Wind Orchestra and its conductor Thomas Leslie. The composer offers the following on the inspiration for this unique contribution to the modern wind ensemble repertoire:
Funk is all around us. It has permeated every aspect of popular music and culture. What was born as a 70s counter-culture movement has grown to become the heart of any music with a beat. Sit in a coffee shop, listen to top-40s radio, shop in a department store—it doesn’t matter if it’s a hip 90s club tune, or a contemporary concert music work—you can’t escape the funk. “Chunk” owes majors favors to George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Prince, and Beck, just to name a few. We steal, because we love.
Assistant Director Maj. Jason K. Fettig conducted the Marine Band in the performance of the selection on Feb. 2, 2014 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.