by Robert E. Foster


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Wind Bands of The World: Chronicle Of A Cherished Tradition by Robert E. Foster. ISBN 978-1-57463-156-2; $24.95. This engaging text presents a comprehensive history of the wind band from its earliest days to today.  The author’s narrative describes the development of instruments, musicians, composers, conductors, and the music itself, tracing in chronological order, virtually every aspect of the growth of bands that has led to today’s outstanding ensembles. A must read for musicians and for those interested in music and history.

“This book about the band world and its history is a defining source and contribution, all in one place, to learn from, study and be entertained.”
Kenneth G. Bloomquist

“…a massive contribution to the band world with his carefully documented ‘epic adventure’ about bands.”
Edward S. Lisk

“…a valuable resource for band directors and lovers of the band medium.”
John R. Bourgeois

“It is informative, educational, and in a departure from normal historical tomes, very entertaining.”
Dr. David R. Holsinger

“His segment on bands from Colonial America through John Philip Sousa is a must read for all students of Wind Band history. Highly entertaining.”
Frank Wickes

“…a great read!…this book provides a much-needed addition to the history of wind instruments, and wind bands.”
Paula A.Crider

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