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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.
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Don't miss your shot to be in the virtual premiere of "Persist", a Band Director’s Talk Shop commission in honor of Marcia Zoffuto.

To be included in the premiere follow the simple instructions here: www.bj-brooks.com
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Here is the video from the 2018 Blue Knights Alumni Corps performance that features my arrangements for the event! If you look closely you might spot me somewhere in there. ... See MoreSee Less

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I’m getting faster at this. Not quite as fast as my video shows, however. ... See MoreSee Less

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TMEA performances, come listen to one! ... See MoreSee Less

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The WTAMU Symphonic Band leaves in one week for a performance tour leading up to their 15th appearance at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference! ... See MoreSee Less

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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!
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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!
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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

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Movement 3- Bach

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.
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Movement 2- Escher

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.
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Preamble

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.

Programme

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.
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From the premiere, Movement II. ... See MoreSee Less

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From the premiere. Mvt. 1. ... See MoreSee Less

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As we get closer to you UIL, good luck and and congratulations to the following marching bands that I have written for this year:

Burkburnett HS
Caprock HS
Dumas HS
Memphis HS
Midland HS
Pampa HS
Permian HS
Portales HS
Randall HS
Tascosa HS
Thurgood Marshal
Vega HS
West Texas HS
Wheeler HS
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Great job tonight, Permian! ... See MoreSee Less

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Day 10 of writing Symphony No. 3 using Dorico. ... See MoreSee Less

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I received this beautiful score from Grand Mesa Music today. ... See MoreSee Less

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2019 is looking strong, Permian. ... See MoreSee Less

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WT Band Camp Director’s band. Great job on “Isabella Air”! ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done Mike Sheffield & Canyon HS. Paean is sounding great! ... See MoreSee Less

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We Choose to Go to the Moon ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations Permian High School on your premiere of “We Choose to Go to the Moon” at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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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

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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

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They don’t even need hands waving in front to make this go! ... See MoreSee Less

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Two days to the premiere! Way to go Clovis! ... See MoreSee Less

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Good afternoon Permian HS! Well done! ... See MoreSee Less

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Good morning Clovis HS! ... See MoreSee Less

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Great clinic, Clovis HS! Can’t wait for your NM honor band performance!! ... See MoreSee Less

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RE: My most often stolen music.

I see that your association is using the tryout material that I created . While I applaud your good taste in music selection, I would like to ensure that this material is properly distributed with copyright permission and without omission of authorship.

To whom may I direct this request?

Sincerely,

BJ Brooks
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Congratulations Amarillo district honor band! It was a privilege to direct you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Good luck today to all of the bands at UIL, those in particular for which I either wrote music or drill or both:
Boys Ranch HS
Bushland HS
Burkburnett HS
Caprock HS
Dumas HS
Gruver HS
Permian HS
Memphis HS
Midland HS
Randall HS
Tascosa HS
Vega HS
Wheeler HS

And a belated congratulations to Portales HS on their NM division 1 last week!
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Path to Polaris
  1. Path to Polaris
  2. Symphony No. 3, Gödel, Escher, Bach
  3. Isabella Air
  4. Dreams in the Dusk – Band
  5. Dreams in the Dusk – TTB
  6. Caprice
  7. El Symbola Zia