Congratulations to both Panhandle and Forsan high school bands on their advancement to state in San Antonio in December!￼ Also, congrats to Wheeler on their first finalist ranking! ... See MoreSee Less
I have recently been informed that my composition “Legacy Fanfare” has been selected, along with 8 other worthy selections in the Dallas Winds 2020-21 Fanfare Competition.
Also, congratulations to Randy Stagich, a recent graduate from my studio in his selection as well!
More information on the upcoming release on YouTube and social media will follow.
Legacy Fanfare by B.J. Brooks Awake! by Kyle E. Henkel Fanfare for the New Son by Aaron Houston To Usher in a New Era by Shawn Gurk Silver Fanfare by JaRod Hall So We Meet Again by Andrew E. Lawson Proudly We Hailed by Dustin J. Goes From the Ashes by Randy Stagich I Saw Three Ships—A Christmas Fanfare, by John K. Evans. ... See MoreSee Less
Band Director’s Talk Shop has commissioned West Texas A&M University’s Dr. BJ Brooks to write a grade-2 piece in honor of Marcia Zoffuto. Zoffuto was a West Texas State University graduate and an exemplary band director in several schools. Her Bandmaster Hall of Fame entry can be read below.
This is a virtual band project that needs your performance to be great! To be included in the premiere, visit Dr. Brooks’ website and follow the simple instructions. www.bj-brooks.com
We will be collecting videos throughout August, but to be early is to be on time. Thank you for your help in making this group effort a successful musical endeavor!
Come see the premiere of my 3rd Symphony by the wonderful WTAMU Symphonic Band in Canyon, Odessa, Floresville, San Antonio, or TMEA!The WTAMU Symphonic Band will be embarking on tour February 9 - 13 for performances in Canyon, Odessa, San Antonio, and Floresville, culminating in the ensemble's 15th performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention! • The program consists of music by Mikhail Glinka, Walter Piston, Jimmy Dorsey, David Maslanka, Giacomo Puccini, and BJ Brooks and will feature saxophonist James Barger. • We look forward to seeing many of our friends, family, and alumni at these concerts! ... See MoreSee Less
The WTAMU Symphonic Band will be embarking on tour February 9 - 13 for performances in Canyon, Odessa, San Antonio, and Floresville, culminating in the ensemble's 15th performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention! • The program consists of music by Mikhail Glinka, Walter Piston, Jimmy Dorsey, David Maslanka, Giacomo Puccini, and BJ Brooks and will feature saxophonist James Barger. • We look forward to seeing many of our friends, family, and alumni at these concerts! ... See MoreSee Less
The WTAMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mark Bartley, is showcased in this high plains extravaganza featuring the music of Dr. BJ Brooks. On life's journey, we find True North when we join in something larger than ourselves... the Pathway to Polaris. ... See MoreSee Less
Concept: Book I of J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC), BWV 846–893, and the first prelude (p1) in particular serves as the foundation of the third movement. Harmonies from p1 and melodies from throughout WTC are quoted throughout the movement.
Process: The collection of notes in each measure of p1 are used in order throughout the duration of the movement. This slow harmonic development is juxtaposed with alterations of the consistent rhythmic texture from p1 realized as an energetic bass line, and as the first melodic motive. As the harmony emerges, other melodic motives from WTC are layered throughout. After the harmonic process completes, the end of the piece concludes with a measure by measure restatement of p1. The order of the melodic motives is derived by serializing p1’s introduction of all twelve chromatic pitch classes (C, E, G, D, A, F, B, F-sharp, B-flat, C-sharp, G-sharp, E-flat). The movement uses 48 melodic quotes in serial order from WTC. The order from WTC is therefore Prelude 1 in C-major, Fugue 1 in C-major, Prelude 2 in C-minor, Fugue 2 in C-minor, Prelude 9 in E-major, Fugue 9 in E-major, Prelude 10 in E-minor, Fugue 10 in E-minor, etc. ... See MoreSee Less
Concept: The M.C. Escher lithograph “Drawing Hands”.
Process: “Drawing Hands” serves as a visual metaphor for the structure of Movement 2- Escher. The right hand reaches left bringing references from movement 3 to the beginning of the work as the left hand reaches right and brings references from movement 1, though apparently inverted. ... See MoreSee Less
Symphony #3: Gödel, Escher, Bach is a meditation on human cognition. It was written in the spirit of Douglas Hofstadter’s seminal book of the same name that details, abstracts, and illuminates the mystery of cognition.
In 1979 Dr. Douglas Hofstadter, Indiana University Professor of Cognitive Science and Comparative Literature, published his Pulitzer Prize winning Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, know colloquially as G.E.B. The incompleteness theorems of Kurt Gödel, proven with an ingenious use of recursion and self-reference, are illuminated by analogy in prose, the art of M.C. Escher, and in the music of J.S. Bach.
At the beginning of the 20th century the world of mathematics was in crisis. The 19th century had seen an increasing momentum towards mathematical abstraction. Mathematician’s formalization of foundational logical structures were constantly undermined by paradoxes within their constructed rigorous systems. An attempt to avoid the paradoxes and to streamline the logical process through the use of a relatively small number of symbols was written by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell and published in 1910. The Principia Mathematica used a specialized grammar that avoided certain paradoxes. It is a work of such logical complexity that it takes the book 362 pages to suggest ⊢:.⍺,𝛽∊1.⊃:⍺∩𝛽=ʌ.≡.⍺∪𝛽∊2 after which the authors note, “From this proposition it will follow, when arithmetical addition has been defined, that 1+1=2.”
The consistency and completeness of Principia Mathematica were all but settled until Logician Kurt Gödel published his incompleteness theorems in 1931. The theorems cleverly use a type of recursion and self reference in metamathematical logic to demonstrate that Principia Mathematica can indeed contain paradoxes. Thus Gödel proved that 1) for any substantive formal system there are unprovable truths, and 2) a system cannot on its own demonstrate its own consistency. Sufficiently complex formalized systems such as mathematics may either be consistent or complete, but not both.
Movement 1- Gödel
Concept: The exquisiteness, complexity, and logical journey of Gödel’s proof is represented throughout movement 1. A chaconne of 6 chords starting with the outline of E-minor, arpeggiated as the pitches G, E, and B in the high winds, begins a series of twenty continuous variations. Self reference, recursion, and sonification are used throughout the movement.
Process: Self reference appears in numerous ways including the arpeggiated GEB, groupings of notes on staves clustered to appear as the letters “GEB” on the score, harmony created by the untransposed pitches GEB played in unison, serialized melodies using the first movement’s introduction of all twelve chromatic pitches (G, E, B, E-flat, B-flat, D, A, F-sharp, C-sharp, F, C, A-flat), sonification (of a type similar to Gödel’s arithmetization) of the logical expression in Principia Mathematica that yields 1+1=2, aural and visual representations of Zeno’s paradox, and the use of the chaconne form itself as it insistently reuses the same 6 chords throughout. ... See MoreSee Less
Things are still great in Region 7! I just returned from Stephenville directing the Region 7 ATSSB HS Symphonic Band. The musicians well executed a challenging program and great memories were made! Thank you to the great organizers Brian Beeson, Michael Copeland, and Teresa Archambo for putting the right things in the right places at the right time for a terrific concert. ... See MoreSee Less
I had a great time conducting the Region I ATSSB HS Concert Band! Thank you to the great organizers Will Brewer and John Bratton for putting the right things in the right places at the right time for a terrific concert. ... See MoreSee Less