Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Air Force Strings Perform Works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor & William Grant Still at Maryland Music Educators Association Convention in Baltimore February 20, 2015

is profiled at AfriClassical.comwhich 
features a comprehensive Works List and a 
Bibliography by Dr. Dominique- René de Lerma, 

Air Force Strings
The United States Air Force Band
Washington, D.C.
Colonel Larry H. Lang, Commander
Total Time (58:56)

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,

On February 14, 2015 AfriClassical posted:

Dominique-René de Lerma: Air Force Strings And "An American Dream" Includes "Four Novelettes, Op. 52" of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Senior Master Sergeant William T. Tortolano writes:

Thank you for your kind note and all your help in getting the word out!
Mr. de Lerma's review was spot-on. I wish we had the money to have printed liner notes, but the Air Force is so tight on money these days. I've put in a request to my commander to let me write them and post them online. I'll let you know if I'm successful.
The Strings have played the Coleridge-Taylor on a couple of Black History Month concerts, including one at the recent Maryland Music Educators conference in Baltimore. Both students and educators were thrilled to get to know the Coleridge-Taylor. We also gave out CDs.
This summer we're giving a couple of concerts in Maine and New Hampshire, so I'm pressing to perform the Foote in his native New England.
Here is a program announcement by The United States Air Force Band:
Air Force Strings take AIM to Maryland Music Educators Posted 1/28/2015   Updated 1/28/2015
by Master Sgt. William Hurd 1/28/2015 - Washington, D.C. -- On Feb. 20, the Air Force Strings will take the Band's Advancing Innovation through Music (AIM) program to the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Convention, held this year at the Baltimore Convention Center. Designed to build positive relationships with local educational communities, the AIM program gives Band members the opportunity to work side by side with students of all ages, in small environments such as clinics and master classes, as well as in large scale assemblies. The Band also hosts field trips to historic Hangar 2, our home on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, where students experience a little Air Force history and get a chance to sit-in on rehearsals.  In 2014 alone, the AIM program reached more than 15,000 school students in over 70 events across seven states and the District of Columbia. The Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) is the professional association for the school music teachers of Maryland. MMEA's mission is to provide professional development for music teachers, opportunities for excellence for music students and teachers, and to serve as an advocate for music education in schools. The more than 1,100 teacher members are from every geographic jurisdiction of the state as well as from every level of teaching--early childhood through colleges and secondary schools, educating in public, private and parochial schools. MMEA is a state affiliate of the Music Educators National Conference and the National Association for Music Education, the largest arts advocacy organization in the world. At the MMEA convention, the Air Force Strings will present an AIM program to music teachers from across the state of Maryland by performing a concert in honor of Black History Month. The event will showcase works by notable African-American composers William Grant Still and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and also include music by Morton Gould. The Strings are excited to be able to participate in this important gathering of educators and musicians. We look forward to meeting and working with the people who enrich tens of thousands of students' lives with the power of music.

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