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Tulane Concert Band

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The Tulane Concert Band (TCB) operates every spring semester, performing music from a wide range of sources, including contemporary composers, significant 20th century works, and orchestral transcriptions for symphonic winds. The TCB performs on campus in Dixon Hall and for special occasions across New Orleans at venues such as the National World War II Museum, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and The New Orleans Centre.

The ensemble rehearses on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, and presents a spring concert in late April. Membership is open to all students, through registration to course APMS-2182. Prospective musicians may contact Barry Spanier, director of bands, regarding auditions and details, at

The upcoming spring 2017 season will feature repertoire from a range of Latin cultures:

2017 - Latin Reflections

  • Malagueña (Ernesto Lecuona)
  • Amparito Roca (Jaime Teixidor)
  • Granada (Agustin Lara)
  • La Virgen de la Macarena (traditional)
  • Libertango (Astor Piazzola)
  • Latin percussion feature (Andrew Szypula)
  • Mambo from West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein)
  • Pueblo de Los Angeles (John Morrissey)
  • Danzon No. 2 (Arturo Marquez)
  • El Camino Real (Alfred Reed)
  • Bolero (Maurice Ravel)

Recent previous seasons featured the following programs:

2016 - Remembrance, Resilience, Rebirth

  • Victory at Sea (Richard Rogers)
  • Band of Brothers (Michael Kamen)
  • Promising Skies (Robert W. Smith)
  • Amazing Grace (arr. Frank Ticheli)
  • Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
  • Berceuse and Finale from Firebird Suite (Igor Stravinsky)

2015 - Composers of the British Empire

  • Prelude, Siciliano & Rondo (Malcom Arnold)
  • English Folk Song Suite (Ralph Vaughan-Williams)
  • Variation on a theme by Thomas Tallis (Ralph Vaughan-Williams)
  • Percy Grainger Suite: Shepherd’s Hey/Londonderry Air/The Lost Lady Found
  • Mars (Gustav Holst)

2014 - By Special Request & Eastern European Composers

  • March Grandioso (Roland Seitz)
  • Patrick Gilmore suite:
    • Hail Columbia (Philip Phile)
    • Famous 22nd Regiment March (Patrick Gilmore)
    • Anvil Chorus (Guiseppe Verde)
  • Tabasco suite:
    • Pasha’s Guard March from Tobasco Opera (G.W. Chadwick)
    • Saucy Tabasco March Two-Step (Fred Jackson)
  • Sinfonietta (Leos Janacek)
  • Largo from New World Symphony (Anton Dvorak)
  • Ben Hur (Miklos Rosza)
  • Night on Bald Mountain (Modeste Mussorgsky)

2013 - Themes of Liberty & Contemporary

  • American Overture (Joseph Wilcox Jenkins)
  • Liberty Fanfare (John Williams)
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song (John Barnes Chance)
  • American Salute (Morton Gould)
  • Kanhadiskan 1 (Lona Kozik)
  • Chorale and Toccata (Jack Stamp)
  • Ride (Samuel Hazo)

2012 - Louisiana Bicentennial

  • You are My Sunshine (Gov. Jimmie Davis)
  • Cathedral Echoes (John Morrissey)
  • Bamboula (Louis Gottschalk)
  • Louisiana Parish Sketches (Julie Geroux)
  • Great Steamboat Race (Robert W. Smith)
  • Cajun Folk Songs II (Frank Ticheli)

The Tulane Concert Band is led by Director of Bands, Barry Spanier. Mr. Spanier arrived at Tulane University in 2004, following his post as Director of the Center for Music Performance at New York University. He has produced music for two Olympic Ceremonies (1984 and 2000), World Expo 88, and numerous live and recorded performances in commercial and educational settings, including classical orchestral, musical theatre and jazz. Mr. Spanier earned his music education degree from the University of Southern California, and his masters degree from NYU.

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