I know this may not be shocking to anyone, but Holst’s First Suite in Eb wins the Wind Band Composition Championship. Just like last year- when Holst won the Wind Band Composer Bracket- First Suite in Eb swept every competitor it was up against. The closest battle came against Lincolshire Posy when it won with only 58% of the votes. Other than Lincolnshire, no other composition came close, including Stars and Stripes Forever in the final (Stars only received 26% of the vote).
A lot of people predicted that the Holst would win from the beginning. Did that make this bracket somewhat boring? Possibly. Did we at least get to see how well newer compositions stacked up against some of the “classics”? Yes, and people still favor the classics (overall) to the newer pieces. There are many reasons why, but why do you think that the newer pieces (such as Asphalt Cocktail, Ecstatic Waters, and others) got voted out? Not as people know the pieces? Not as memorable? I’d like to hear your take on it. I personally don’t think it’s one thing over another, but more of a combination of every reason why it might be.
Anyway, thanks for participating in this year’s brackets. I hope you had fun with it, which was the main goal. Also, I hope you got to experience some pieces for the first time. As I was going through these pieces again I was re-discovering some of them as if it were the first time for me listening to them. I totally forgot how great some of these pieces are. Even though the bracket is over, I would highly encourage you to go back and listen to the pieces you may not know as well. YouTube has most of the pieces on there, but I would greatly recommend purchasing the ones you really like from iTunes. It is very important to support musicians/composers and the great work they do so we can enjoy ourselves just a little bit more each day. The more we support them the more they can continue to write great music for us and your students. Anyways, come back and see if we have another poll next year!