Brass, Reeds, and Percussion

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (BRP) airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. 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.

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 at 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).

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's 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

Local Wind Bands

Twickenham Winds

Brass Band of Huntsville

Rocket City Jazz Orchestra

Old Towne Brass

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



High School Bands and Orchestras ... 

Bob Jones High School Band

Grissom High School Band

Huntsville High School Band

Meridianville Middle School Band

Hazel Green High School Band

Johnson High School Band

James Clemons High School Band

Austin High School Band

Sparkman High School Band

Lee High School Band

Buckhorn High School Band

Madison County High School Band

New Hope High School Band

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

To arrange to have your event announced on BRP, e-mail John Hightower at or you can submit your non-profit event to our website. 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.


Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (June 14, 2014)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion features a cornucopia of musical styles with some 20th century music, some blues and some light opera, including the overture to "La Bella Helene" by Jacques Offenbach. (audio pending)

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (June 7, 2014)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion features a bacchanal of wind band music from Russian operas and ballets.

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (May 31, 2014)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion features the "Repasz Band March" written in honor of the oldest continuously operating band in the United States: the Repasz Elks Band (founded in 1831 as the Williamsport Band of Williamsport, Pennsylvania). Several circus marches are also played.

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion 'Music For Memorial Day' (May 24, 2014)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This episode of Brass, Reeds and Percussion features music for Memorial Day, including works from John Philip Sousa, Felix Vinatieri, Robert Jager, and Anton Dvorak.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (May 17th, 2014)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (May 10, 2014)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (May 3rd, 2014)

Monday, May 5, 2014

This episode featured the trifecta of the Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble, the composer Nigel Clark, and the composer Frank Ticheli. Born in 1960, Nigel Clarke is a former British bandsman and adjunct professor of music at MTSU. His "Angels in the Architecture" is one of the modern band-music hits, having its U.S. premier by the MTSU wind ensemble in 2012. Frank Ticheli was born in Monroe, Louisiana, and is professor of composition at the University of Southern California. His "Earthrise" is another of the modern band-music hits.

Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (April 26, 2014)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sometimes referred to as the London Bach or the English Bach, Johann Christian Bach was the the11th child of Johann Sebastian Bach and was born in 1735. In fact, he spent so much time in London that he eventually became known as John Bach. When Johann Christian was born, his father was 50 years old. He received his earliest musical instruction from his father and then from his second-oldest half brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Then he traveled to Italy to study with Padre Martini, where he was a reasonably successful as an opera composer.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (April 19, 2014)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (April 5, 2014)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

In expectation of the concert by the Center City Brass Quintet on April 11, this episode featured performances by the quintet and an interview with former member Bibi Pride, formerly Bibi Black. This episode featured the Center City Brass Quintet’s record of music by Ludwig Maurer, who lived from 1789 to 1878. Maurer was born in Potsdam, Germany, but immigrated to Russia at age 17, where he remained for much of his life. For that reason, he’s considered both a German and Russian composer.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (March 29, 2014)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Music from Academy Award winning composer Anthony DiLorenzo was featured for this episode. In 1967, Anthony DiLorenzo was born in Stoughton, Massachusettes. He received his bachelor ‘s degree in music from the Curtis Institute of Music. While a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he worked with Leonard Bernstein, who nominated him for an Avery Fisher Career Grant. DiLorenzo is also an Emmy Award-winning composer of music for Benji: Off the Leash. He is a member of Proteus 7, a small wind band.

Brass, Reeds and Percussion (March 22, 2014)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This episode featured music recorded by the Center City Brass Quintet, comprised of five of the most talented American brass players of their generation. Its players hold positions with America’s most esteemed orchestras and have performed as solists around the world. The quintet is known for performances of the "classical" brass quintet repertoire, but also plays original arrangements of popular favorites by Bernstein, Ellington, Gershwin, Kurt Weill, and others.

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.




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