Featuring works written from Grades 1-4 for wind band

"The thing is that whenever these kinds of (important) discussions take place, there's often some people who go "but it should be only about the music and nothing else. Just play great music!"

​Well, sure, but there are people who aren't white men composing great music... are you playing it? No! And why? Because you don't know about it.


My band is too diverse, both in terms of ethnicity and male/female ratio. It's no longer good enough to not be actively looking for and programming music by women and non-whites."

Rob Perkins, Director of Bands, Wausau East High School, WI

Composer Spotlight:

Katherine Bergman

Katherine Bergman (b. 1985) is a Minnesota-based composer who draws on literature, environmentalism, and found materials to create music that has been described as hypnotic and visceral. She has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles throughout the United States, including the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Encore Wind Ensemble, Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Zeitgeist, Seen/Heard Trio, the Minnesota Percussion Trio, The Dream Songs Project, and many others. Her works have been presented at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Conference, and The Upper Midwest Chamber Winds Symposium, and her compositions have received support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the Metro Regional Arts Council. 

Listen to "Dream Machine", Grade 4
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ColourFULL Music !

Wind Band Concert Programs designed by conductors we know and trust that incorporate works by composers of colour and the full gender colourFULL spectrum. 

Our esteemed ColourFULL team includes Jerry Junkin, Cynthia Johnson Turner, Timothy Reynish, John Lynch and more... CHECK IT OUT!

Currently, there is a focus on works from Grades 1-4. For more resources relating to works by women please consult the comprehensive list of useful links on the ColourFULL Music webpage!
GET ON THE LIST! Entries will be updated periodically. To have your works considered, please fill out the box at the bottom of the page and submit!

THE LIST (sorted by level of difficulty)

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