David Maslanka shakes Li Fangfang's hand after a performance of Symphony No. 4 by the Beijing Wind Orchestra at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

David Maslanka shakes the hand of Li Fangfang after a powerful performance of Symphony No. 4 by the Beijing Wind Orchestra at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Li invited David to participate in the 2016 Asia Pacific Band Directors Association Conference.


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Maslanka in China

On July 13, I traveled to Beijing as the guest of the 19th Asia Pacific Band Directors Association (APBDA) Conference. My host was Li Fangfang, founder and conductor of the Beijing Wind Orchestra, the first independent professional wind ensemble […]

Honorary Doctorate from St. Olaf College

David Maslanka was honored with an honorary doctorate by St. Olaf College. Here’s the entire ceremony:

The following is the full text of Dr. Timothy Mahr’s and David Maslanka’s remarks.

Dr. Timothy Mahr’s remarks [starts at 11:50]

On the nomination of the […]

January Update

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 […]

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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

6 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

6 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!

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