Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Music has been a part of military functions for thousands of years. From the time that it was used to incite or distract the enemy to the concert halls and ceremonies of today, the primary role of ceremonial music has not changed: to promote pride, devotion to duty, and esprit de corps. This album, performed by The United States Air Force Concert Band, Ceremonial Brass and Singing Sergeants is comprised of a collection of fanfares, honors, marches, hymns, military songs and bugle calls. Each track was recorded with the intention of providing appropriate, dignified music for military ceremonies when a band is otherwise unavailable. Specific selections are included for a retirement ceremony, parade, retreat ceremony and a military funeral. Led by Colonel Lowell E. Graham, the United states Air Force Concert Band plays with distinction on each selection, making Esprit de Corps a memorable, distinguished album.
Personnel: Carole Hawkins, Janice Carl, Patricia Wolfe, Jennifer Lyons Henley, Angela Burns (alto); Russell Colleran, Alexis Defranchi, Richard Pearson, Kevin Sapp, Geoffrey Parish (tenor); Lawrence Ink, Sharon B. Weinberg, Lucille Johnson Snell (flute); Ardyth Scott (piccolo); Jeffrey I. Snavely (bass clarinet); Robin L. Forrester Meadows, Ronald B. Erler (oboe); Danny K. Phipps, Gregory Brown (bassoon); Keith Young, John Thomas (alto saxophone); William Marr (tenor saxophone); Mary Beth George (baritone saxophone); Clarence T. Mitchell, William C. Adcock (trumpet); Andrew Wilson , Curt C. Christensen, Robert K. McConnell, James E. Bittner, Michael F. Bosch, David Golden (cornet); Leslie Mincer Robillard, Deborah L. Stephenson, Philip E. Krzywicki, Kent A. Wyatt (French horn); Jeffrey J. Gaylord, James T. VanZandt, Mark Williams, Lindsey Smith (trombone); Chris A. Matten (bass trombone); Lance Laduke, Ann Baldwin, Jennifer Dayton (euphonium); Jan Z. Duga, Christopher T. Quade, Edward R. McKee, David Porter (tuba); Marek Vastek (piano); Patrick J. Shrieves (timpani); Erica M. Kadison, Aubrey V. Adams, Chris Martin, Mark Carson, Ed Teleky, Tom Rarick, Thomas Maloy Jr., Scott Hinds (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Anthony B. Kirkland.
Recording information: The United States Air Force Band Studio, Washington DC (11/05/1997-11/10/1997).
Director: Major Daniel L. Price.
Editors: James E. Bittner; Sharon B. Weinberg.