"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

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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. 

Middle School, High School and pro-level programs are all available including audio and score links. 

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 add your works, or make suggestions, please fill out the box at the bottom of the page and submit!
Enjoy exploring these AMAZING works for school band by women.

Composer Spotlight:

Diane Whitacre

Diane has written for both instrumental and vocal mediums throughout her life, either for her own students and ensembles, for others, or at church, when needed.  As a high school junior her piece, A Reflection won the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Student Composer's Competition and was performed by their chamber orchestra in April 1978.  At the request of her high school band director, Thomas Snider, Diane composed and directed her work for band , Equestrienne.   

She has written numerous vocal songs, often when asked to write for a special celebration. One such event was the dedication of their home church's building in 1995, for which she wrote a brass introit, and she and her husband Chris collaborated to write May We Always Be Faithful.

After a move to Huntington County in 2002, she began composing and arranging full time.  In 2006, Diane was commissioned by Kathy and Martin Blocki to write two works for flute and guitar with narration.  The resulting works were Casey At The Bat and The Shoemaker's Dream. 

Listen to "Rumor Mill", Grade 4

THE LIST (sorted by level of difficulty)


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