Kallman Creates Publications
Wind ensemble, narrator. Duration: 28’45”
The opening three minutes of music (see Track 2 below) may be played by itself as an overture.
(Note on audio tracks below: Yankee Doodling is a continuous piece, but was recorded on separate tracks.)
This work was commissioned by the Minnesota Symphonic Winds and premiered on a children’s concert in April 1997 under the baton of the late Miles Johnson with Christine Sweet narrating. It is modeled after Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra in that the purpose of the composition is to introduce the instruments of the concert band to the audience. College, community and professional wind ensembles have programmed the work on family concerts. The Minnesota Symphonic Winds have recorded the composition on their CD “Celebrating Twenty Years.” The work has also been recorded by the Chamber Concert Band at Valparaiso University and by the United States Air Force Academy Band (formerly the USAF Band of the Rockies). I am also interested in finding an ensemble to film a video version of the work. I think there would be a wide market for such a product in elementary schools throughout the country.