Garrett Releases Symphonic Winds Retrospective CD Set
Nov. 1, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Roger Garrett, longtime clarinet professor and director of the
Illinois Wesleyan University Symphonic Winds, has selected 158 minutes of music, pulled from Symphonic Winds performances over
the past 30 years, for a double CD set to celebrate his upcoming retirement.
“The recordings on this collection represent some of my favorite performances from
my time here at IWU, and, of course, some of my favorite compositions for band are
represented as well,” said Garrett. “Some pieces didn’t make the collection because
we were limited to 158 minutes of space.”
Garrett quickly found that highlighting 30 years of performances in just two CDs would
be a massive undertaking. Although many performances from the earlier years were outstanding,
performances from the past 17 years were recorded with advanced digital equipment
and high-quality microphones, and Roger thusly limited his selections for the CD set
to that timeframe.
Even so, nearly 70 concerts had to be collected, transferred to digital formats, equalized
and reverb adjusted, with elimination of applause, and with volumes matched for each
performance. Because the concerts took place in three different venues, further adjustments
were made to create a similar sound.
The recordings feature only Illinois Wesleyan students, many of whom are named in
a 24-page color booklet accompanying the CD set.
“My biggest thank you goes to the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds students for enriching
my life as they have,” Garrett said. “I’m very proud of their work, and, frankly,
I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to stand in front of such good people who
were there to have fun making music.”
Garrett’s double CD set is available for purchase at the Illinois Wesleyan Bookstore, located inside of the Hansen Student Center (300 E Beecher St.).