Musicologist Michael O'Connor joins me for a fascinating discussion about the American concert band tradition in the 19th Century. The discussion touches upon the development of the modern band, music education, and the American Civil War.
Dr. Michael O'Connor is a native of central New York but now makes his home in Jupiter, Florida. He is an Associate Professor of Music History at Palm Beach Atlantic University, but in his first career, he was the euphonium player for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus Band. After a short taste of public-school band directing, he turned to musicology, finishing a PhD at Florida State University. He combined his interest in historical music with a love of performing by founding two period-instrument bands. His Civil-War-era band is The Coates Brass Band, and his post-war band is Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band. Both groups have CDs released on the MSR Classics label. He also performs modern British brass band music as baritonist in the Orchid City Brass Band.
Intro Music: "Cottage by the Sea Quickstep" by Thomas Coates after a tune by John Rogers Thomas (1850's). Outro Music: "Wilking Quickstep" by Thomas Coates (1880's)
Recordings courtesy of Michael O'Connor and the Newberry Victorian Cornet Band