Yale Bands Virtual Sessions 2020-2021

Interested in what the Yale Concert Band and Yale Jazz Ensemble have been during during this unprecedented year of COVID-19? We invite you to watch our virtual meetings (mostly in lieu of live rehearsals). We hope you learn from and enjoy them!


Yale Concert Band

Spring 2021

Meeting 2 — February 23, 2021
The Importance of Music’s Programmatic Info/Preview of Two Yale Band Commissions
Presenter: Thomas. C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 1 — February 18, 2021
James Reese Europe and His Society Orchestra
Presenter: Thomas. C. Duffy, Music Director

Fall 2020

Meeting 12 — December 8, 2020
The Nutcracker Swings: The Yale Concert Band and Yale Jazz Ensemble
Presenter: Thomas. C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 11 — December 3, 2020
History of the Wind Band  Transcriptions  “The Rite of Spring” (Igor Stravinsky)
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 10 — November 19, 2020
Music of Frank Ticheli (link to come)
Guest presenter: Frank Ticheli, composer and Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California

Meeting 9 — November 10, 2020
Music of John Mackey (link to come)
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 8 — November 5, 2020
Band Music of Black Composers: Valerie Coleman (link to come)
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 7 — October 27, 2020
Band Music of Black Composers: Julian Work (link to come)
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 6 — October 13, 2020
Music and the Brain
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 5 — October 8, 2020
“Ask the Sky and the Earth: A Cantata for the Sent-down  Youth”
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 4 — September 29, 2020
A Dissonant History: The French Horn in the Lives of American Musicians of African and Creole Descent from 1700-2000
Guest presenter:  Professor Katy Ambrose, University of Virginia faculty, and alumna of the Yale School of Music (2007)

Meeting 3 — September 24, 2020
Band Music of Black Composers: Wiilliam Grant Still
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 2 — September 15, 2020
History of the Yale Band. Chapter 2. Intrada 1631 . Stephen Montague
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 1 — September 10, 2020
History of the Yale Band. Chapter 1. Yale Concert Band in Ghana
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director


Yale Jazz Ensemble

Fall 2020

Meeting 8 — December 6, 2020
The Emergence of Bebop (link to come)
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 7 — November 22, 2020
“The Girls in the Band.” Part 2. (link to come)
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 6 — November 15, 2020
“The Girls in the Band.” Part 1. 
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 5 — November 8, 2020
Special Presentation by Jon Faddis  Jazz Trumpeter, Conductor, Composer, and Educator 
(Note: The guest artist granted permission for this presentation to be posted for a period of 2 weeks. It was removed on November 22, 2020.)

Meeting 4 November 1, 2020
The Rise of the Big Bands(s), Part 2.
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 3 — October 25, 2020 
The Rise of the Big Band(s). Part 1. (link to come)
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 2 — October 18, 2020 
The Beginnings of Instrumental Jazz
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director

Meeting 1 — October 4, 2020
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Presenter: Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director