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Wind Ensemble CD named semi-finalist for a Grammy

By Jason Caesar Consolacion
Entertainment Co-Editor

The Moores School Wind Ensemble recently found its name among the most talented performers in the world when it became a semi-finalist for four 1999 Grammy awards.

Last spring, the group recorded a compact disc of Gustav Holstās work The Planets in the Moores Opera House under the Mark Records label. In December, Wind Ensemble Director Eddie Green received the news that the CD was a semifinalist in four different Grammy categories.

"I was stunned," Green said. "I just couldn't believe the announcement. It's great to be recognized, but it's even more gratifying to be recognized on the same list as internationally-renowned professional groups."

The CD, which featured the music of Holst and American composer Aaron Copland transcribed by Moores School of Music staff member Merlin Patterson, was nominated for Best Classical Performance, Best Classical CD and Best Classical Production by David Burks and Joe Dixon.

The big surprise for Green was the fourth nomination the CD received for Best Orchestral Performance alongside such names as the New York Symphony.

The Moores School Wind Ensemble was the only nonprofessional collegiate group to be nominated in the classical categories.

"That's what surprised me the most," Green explained, "because we're not an orchestra, much less a professional group. We're a collegiate wind ensemble. Also, the other names on the list included some of the best symphony orchestras in the world. The recognition is greatly appreciated."

A few years ago, the Moores School Wind Ensemble was selected by the International Percy Grainger Society to make the official recordings of the Grainger Wind Ensemble pieces. Volume I of those recordings was selected CD of the Year by Stereophile Magazine.

Prior to that, the wind ensemble has not been recognized with an honor as highly touted as a Grammy.

"I'm just proud of the hard work and attention that our students put into getting the best performance result on that CD," Green said. "Once again, the recognition is quite an honor, and I can't explain how happy I am for our group."

The wind ensemble will record another CD, scheduled to be released in July.
 

Reach Consolacion at
mecougar@mail.uh.edu
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