Maslanka Experiences: Sam Ormson

Playing Symphony No. 9 with a high school band
was supposed to be impossible.


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Midwest 2015

Maslanka Press exhibited at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago this past December for the first time. We were excited to welcome so many enthusiastic friends to the back corner of the McCormick Center. We expect this to be […]

8 Questions for David Maslanka

The following is from an email exchange with Natasha Rotondaro, a grade 12 student from Emily Carr Secondary School in Vaughn, Ontario
Natasha Rotondaro: What is your musical background?

David Maslanka: I began clarinet studies at age nine. As a high […]

Maslanka Experiences: Sam Ormson

This is a guest post from Sam Ormson, director of bands at Mountain View High School, Vancouver, Washington. We asked him to talk about his experiences with David’s music. He shared this remarkable essay.
June 2015: 1st movement, Symphony 9. […]

Accessible Works, Updated Music, and WASBE 2015 Wrap-up

Works for Younger Wind Ensembles
We’ve just posted a two-part series going over David’s more accessible works for wind ensemble. Read part 1, talking about how directors might think about selecting new music and part 2, a listing (in order of difficulty) of […]

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David Maslanka shared Maslanka Press's post. ... See MoreSee Less

We love it when directors and ensembles take the emotional and technical risks to play musically fulfilling works. Paul Bain and the South Sound Symphonic Band just performed SAINT FRANCIS. The SSSB is a community band in Puyallup, WA. David's response to Paul about their performance: "You did a heck of a job! This was real bravery on your part to step into this unknown territory, and to ask your players to come along. Everybody gave everything and the music came fully to life. You can always worry about details, things that were never clean, or didn't happen in performance, but what came out of your band was the music in its full power. For which I say bravo and a profound thank you." Learn more about SSSB here: southsoundsymphonicband.org

2 months ago

David Maslanka shared Spiritus Winds's post. ... See MoreSee Less

Here's composer David Maslanka discussing the importance of tempo and dynamics in his music. We'll be performing Maslanka's Quintet for Winds No. 4 this Saturday, April 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood. The concert is free -- hope to see you there! www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDkwao9hF8Y

2 months ago

Calliope Brass will be performing LETTER TO MARTIN with a wonderfully-produced video accompaniment. Please consider coming out if you're in the NYC area. ... See MoreSee Less

Calliope Brass' debut show combines an exclusive interview with David Sampson, footage of David Maslanka narrating his own piece, a storytelling mashup with tenor David Hughey, and a newly-commissioned suite from Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights to bring the B-side stories of familiar narratives to life. Yes, we know there are three Davids... and the venue is called Holy Trinity. It's a Holy Trinity of Davids, don't miss it!

Portraits of the Underdog: Calliope's Debut Show!

April 25, 2016, 7:00pm

Holy Trinity Church Inwood

Calliope Brass' debut show combines an exclusive interview with David Sampson, footage of David Maslanka narrating his own piece, a storytelling mashup with tenor David Hughey, and a newly-commissioned suite from Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights to bring the B-side stories of familiar narratives to life. Yes, we know there are three Davids... and the venue is called Holy Trinity. It's a Holy Trinity of Davids, don't miss it!

3 months ago


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