Fervent Reverberations
Group Name Mansfield University Concert Wind Ensemble
Conductor Adam F. Brennan
Event Mansfield
Album ID - 50836-MCD

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Track TITLE Composer/Arranger
1 Symphonic Overture Barnes, James
2 O Magnum Mysterium Lauridsen, Morton / Reynolds, H. Robert
3 Children’s March Grainger, Percy
4 Symphony for Band: I. Allegro moderato Green, Edward
5 Symphony for Band: II. Adagio dolente Green, Edward
6 Symphony for Band: III. Intermezzo-giovale e scherzando Green, Edward
7 Symphony for Band: IV. Allegro deciso Green, Edward
8 Valdres March Hanssen, Johannes
9 The Sinfonians Williams, Clifton
10 Rest Ticheli, Frank
11 Requiem and Celebration Brennan, Adam
12 Nobles of the Mystic Shrine Sousa, John Philip

Dr. Adam F. Brennan has been Director of Bands and a Professor in the music department at Mansfield University since 1995. Dr. Brennan served as Chair of the Music Department for six years and has held administrative responsibilities while at Mansfield University involving assessment, strategic planning and leadership education. He created and coordinated the Master of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Instrumental Conducting. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree in theory and composition, with an emphasis in composition, from Western Illinois University. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Dr. William K. Wakefield.

Dr. Brennan has recorded numerous compact discs with the Mansfield University Bands including Strike Up the Bands!, This Could Be the Start of Something Big, Music From the Endless Mountains, Tenebrae, which features the world premiere of Dr. Brennan’s composition for band entitled Tenebrae (Dark Hours), American Portraits, North Central Winds, Concord!, Resonance, Sun and Shade, Ecstatic Vision, Critical Speed: the Music of Greg Danner, Vol. II and Malachi: A Celebration of a Special Life. Dr. Brennan can also be heard as a percussionist on Twilight Offering Music released by the University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensembles, and as a conductor on Western Illinois University’s Fantasy Variations. His compositions and recordings can be found on www.allthingsbands.com.

Dr. Brennan’s responsibilities include administrating the band program, coordinating the instrumental conducting graduate and undergraduate programs and conducting the Concert Wind Ensemble, the school’s top wind and percussion ensemble. Dr. Brennan also directs the Marching Band, The Spirit and The Pride of Pennsylvania! where he writes all musical arrangements and coordinates the staff. In addition to these ensembles, he teaches courses in percussion techniques and instrumental conducting to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Brennan has also served as the percussion ensemble arranger and pit ensemble consultant for the World Champion Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He was caption head of the DCI Class-A 60 Champion Northmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and was the artistic director and arranger of the International Marine Tattoo of Rochester, New York. He is twice a past president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmaster’s Association, has been involved in twelve world premieres at Mansfield University, has received numerous invitations to state conventions to present papers, clinics and conduct performing ensembles, is actively involved in commissioning projects both locally and regionally, and has been commissioned numerous times to create original works for wind ensemble and symphonic bands.

From 1989-1995, Dr. Brennan was Associate Director of Bands and Percussion at Western Illinois University. Prior to this, he served as Director of Bands at Kankakee Valley High School in Wheatfield, IN. An active composer and clinician with over 150 arrangements and compositions and over 200 guest conducting and clinical engagements, Dr. Brennan travels extensively serving as guest conductor and clinician at festivals and conventions. In November of 2005 Dr. Brennan was awarded The Silver Baton from Kappa Kappa Psi for having maintained a record of excellence and continuous quality of service to bands, band members, and instrumental music education. In April of 2003, Dr. Brennan received Mansfield University’s Bertram Francis Award from Kappa Kappa Psi for outstanding contributions to the MU Band program. In October of 2002 he was honored by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia with the Orpheus Award for significant and lasting contributions to the cause of music in America and in 2007 he was elected for membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association. He was elected as Employee of the Year at Mansfield University in 2010 and in February of 2011 he was honored as the Outstanding Fine Arts Alumnus of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Il. Most recently, Dr. Brennan has had two of his recording projects deemed Grammy Eligible for the 2013-14 Grammy Awards consideration. These include Critical Speed: the Music of Greg Danner, Vol. II, in the categories of Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album, Producer of the Year, and Best Orchestra Performance and; Malachi: A Celebration of a Special Life, in the categories of Album of the Year, Best Orchestral Performance, and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his own title track work.