Course on Band Orchestration – Update

As I get closer to completion on the text, I will be taking various chapters off line.  I’ve already begun to do this.  This is in preparation for the upcoming book version that I hope to have finished by the end of the year.  If you want to help support the project, go to and consider donating.  Every donation gets me a step closer to making volume 1 of the textbook a reality.


A History of Band Orchestration

The wind band has had a long history.  In some regards, it’s history is longer than that of the orchestra.

Medieval and Renaissance

The earliest music for band probably dates to sometime in the Medieval period.  Wind instruments were used for outdoor music as they were louder than strings and more portable than the organ.

This scenario stood throughout the Renaissance era.  Instrument development slowly became more advanced and new instruments were developed.  Many of the instruments developed in the Renaissance are the fore bearers of the instruments in the modern wind band (such as trombones, bassoons, and oboes). Continue reading “A History of Band Orchestration”