2009 - "Hometown Fanfare", commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the Medina Community Band, the world premiere will be the concert on July 31, 2009 with composer Tadd Russo conducting
Tadd Russo (b. 1976) serves as an arranger for the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., and teaches music technology at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his master's degree in composition from The Ohio State University, where his principal instructor was Thomas Wells. He has studied film and Broadway orchestration with Steven Scott Smalley and Joe Gianono. Tadd's music has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), the OCEAn festival (Oberlin Conservatory), the Electrolune Festival (Lunel, France), the Society of Composers 2006 National Convention (San Antonio, Texas) and by the Dallas Wind Symphony (Dallas, Texas). As an arranger/orchestrator, he has worked with Ben Vereen, Ronan Tynan, Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony, Empire Brass, and Kool and the Gang, among others. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Erica and daughter Rachel.
Tadd was born in Parma, Ohio and raised in Medina and as you can see from the picture at right, his mother brought him to the Medina Community Band concerts on the square in Medina early. The picture was probably taken at the July 4th, 1976 concert of Medina Community Band.
When asked about his inspiration for the commission by Medina Community Band, Tadd made the following comments in an email to conductor Marcus Neiman (June 25th, 2009):
Harmonically, I chose to use sus2 and sus4 chords throughout the fanfare—partially as an homage to the guitar (tuned in fourths) and partially because they grew organically out of the opening theme (Bb F C). The harmonic progressions, especially the sharp turns in the opening and closing sections, are influenced by film music and are often mediant relations (or, by extension, tritone relations—the tritone is also a conspicuous interval in the Lydian scale). These are meant to surprise the listener and demand attention. Music from films was one of the ways that I was drawn to symphonic music as a teenager.
1991 - "Medina March", concert march, composer Corwin Taylor
1996 - "Rhapsody for Trumpet and Band", trumpet concerto, composer Douglas Court, Curnow Music Press, in memory of Eugene Wind
The second composition, one more contemporary in nature, was deemed to be a trumpet concerto in Gene’s honor. Douglas Court (pictured at right), from the James Curnow Publishing Company, composed Rhapsody for Trumpet and Band, which was premiered in 1997 with Marcia Nelson Kline as soloist. Douglas Court has written exclusively for Curnow Music since 1994. Doug is a native of Toronto, Canada and received his early musical training in The Salvation Army. His formal training was received at the University of Toronto where he studied trumpet and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Doug has also studied composition at the University of South Florida. While living in Toronto, Doug worked as a freelance trumpet player performing with groups such as the Canadian Opera Company orchestra.
1995 - "Windward Passage", concert march, composer David Shaffer, Barnhouse Publication, in memory of Eugene Wind
1986 - "Gazebo March", concert march, composer Robert Feldbush
1984 - "Patty-Cake for Band", composer Edmund J. Siennicki, Shawnee Press
The MCB has had a special relationship with nationally known composer Edmund J. Siennicki (pictured at right), of Sharon Center. Not only has Siennicki played bassoon in the Band for the better part of the last 17 years, but over time the Band has played some of his music dedicated to the MCB, the Medina County Schools Fair Honors Bands, or to Medina County citizens. Specifically for MCB, Siennicki wrote or arranged the following: Patty-Cake for Band (1984) played in manuscript and later published with Shawnee Press, commissioned by Medina Community Band; Reflections(1994) in memory of Gene Wind Sr, and played first by MCB in February of 1994. In addition, the band has done numerous arrangements by Siennicki including the Pavane for a Dead Princess by Maurice Ravel, which Siennicki arranged for solo horn and band. Siennicki has also used MCB to record numerous of his pieces for submission to his publishers and has been a long-time financial sponsor of MCB.
1982 - "Man of Medina", composer Robert Feldbush