Brass, Reeds, and Percussion

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion airs every Saturday at noon. Follow Brass, Reeds and Percussion on Facebook.

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (BRP)—as the name suggests—is a program about music for the wind band (as opposed to the orchestra).  The program features music composed for the instruments of the typical American high school band or the typical American military band. Brass, Reeds and Percussion also provides information about local wind band performances, players and history.

Local Wind Bands

Huntsville and north Alabama is lucky to have a professional wind band in residence at Redstone Arsenal: the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band:

We have a number of bands which require more-than-amateur status for membership and provide truly high-quality live performances:

Twickenham Winds:

Brass Band of Huntsville:

Rocket City Jazz Orchestra:

Old Towne Brass (a Civil War reenactment group):

North Alabama is also lucky to have a large number musical groups which welcome the musical amateur:

Huntsville Concert Band:

Madison Community Band:

Shoals Community Concert Band:

The Rocketeers Drum and Bugle Corps:

Local College Bands:

Alabama A&M University Band:

University of Alabama in Huntsville Wind Ensemble:

University of North Alabama Bands:

Local School Bands

Needless to say, almost every north Alabama middle or high school has a wind band.  Here is a partial list of those organizations (the ones with known web sites):

Bob Jones High School Band:

Grissom High School Band:

Huntsville High School Band:

Meridianville Middle School Band:!/groups/347030794233/

Hazel Green High School Band:

Johnson High School High School Band:

James Clemons High School Band:

Austin High School Band:!/austinhigh.marchingband?fref=ts

Sparkman High School Band:

Lee High School Band:

Buckhorn High School Band:

Madison County High School Band:

New Hope High School Band:

Promotion of Concerts and Other Events

If your musical organization is not listed on our page, please send contact information to John Hightower at

BRP and WLRH are pleased to promote the concerts and other events of these organizations.  To arrange to have your event announced on BRP, e-mail John Hightower at  To arrange for a public service announcement to run throughout WLRH’s broadcast day, e-mail PSA Requests at Please allow AT LEAST five weeks advance notice for all PSA requests.

Major Military Bands

U.S. Marine Band:

U.S. Army Bands:

U.S. Navy Bands:

U.S. Air Force Bands:

About the Host

John Hightower is a “recovering” high school band member, as well as a “recovering” top-40 disc jockey.  From 1969 to 1975, while in college, he worked for the following commercial radio stations:  WSSO and WSMU-FM in Starkville, Mississippi, and WSUH and WOOR-FM in Oxford, Mississippi.  Born and reared in Natchez, Mississippi, John has a degree in communications from Mississippi State University (1972) and law degree from the University of Mississippi (1975).  From 1997 to 2011, John served as the regular substitute host for Darryl Adams.  When he is not volunteering for WLRH, he works as a law librarian for Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C.

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion is WLRH’s longest running program, started in 1976 by musician Darryl Adams, who used this hourly program to share a love of John Phillips Sousa marches, wind band peformances and seasonal celebrations ... his St. Patrick's Day episode was always a hit. WLRH earliest roots thrives thanks to Darryl sharing his energy and talents with our Tennessee Valley listening community. Darryl was a rare champion for music who helped start one of WLRH's greatest traditions. We'll always be proud to have his association.

Darryl G. Adams, March 30,1939 - October 18, 2011

More information about the history of the wind band:


Brass, Reeds and Percussion (April 5, 2014)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (March 29, 2014)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (March 22, 2014)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion 'Nigel Hess' (March 15, 2014)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion features music by British composer Nigel Hess, known for his music for television, movies and theatre. Also, we'll have a visit from the Huntsville Concert Band, which celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert this Sunday at 3pm at Lee High School.

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (March 8, 2014)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (March 1, 2014)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (Feb. 22, 2014)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Brass Reeds & Percussion (Feb. 15, 2014)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (Feb. 8, 2014)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (Feb. 1, 2014)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (Jan. 25, 2014)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This episdoe of Brass, Reeds and Percussion aired January 25, 2014.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Gabriel Fauré" (Jan. 18, 2014)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Perhaps most famous as an organist, Gabriel Fauré lived from 1845 to 1924. He was a student of Camille Saint Saens and a teacher of Maurice Ravel, Florent Schmitt, George Enescu, and Nadia Boulanger. Richard Strauss sought his advice. His music bridges the romantic period and the modern period. In 1871, he was appointed choirmaster at the Saint-Sulpice church under the composer and organist Charles-Marie Widor. During some services at the church, Widor and Fauré improvised simultaneously at the church's two organs, trying to catch each with sudden changes of key.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Wind Band Variety" (Jan. 11, 2014)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The January 11 edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion demonstrates the variety of wind-band music. It’s not just march music, but includes opera overtures, jazz, dixieland, modern art music.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Christmas Show" Dec. 21, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "??" (Dec. 14, 2013)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Coventry Carol" (Dec. 7, 2013)

Friday, December 6, 2013

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion explores the Picardy Third and The History of Coventry Carol. Aired Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion "Paisiello and The Barber of Seville" (Nov. 30, 2013)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion explores the history of The Barber of Seville, featuring wind band selections of Giovanni Paisiello's rendition. Aired Nov. 30, 2013.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion 'Thanksgiving Music' Nov. 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

This week's Brass, Reeds and Percussion is features Thanksgiving music, including music from William Billings.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion 'Opera Music' Nov. 16, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion features wind band transcriptions of 'opera music', including Wagner's "The Valkyrie". Aired Saturday, November 16th, 2013.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion - Veteran's Day Salute, Nov. 9th. 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013




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