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By Carl Schroeder

Commissioned by the
for the SOUTHWEST WIND ENSEMBLE, Reid Wixson, conductor,
in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Southwest High School



about the composition

Southwest Memories (2016) was commissioned by the Southwest Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the Southwest Wind Ensemble, Reid Wixson, conductor, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Southwest High School. It was adapted for wind ensemble in 2016 from the original version for solo piano composed in 2001.

Southwest Memories, composed by Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has an approximate performance time of 8 minutes.

listen to Southwest Memories
follow the video link below

YouTube video of the premiere of Southwest Memories (2016)


Generously recorded by the
Southwest Wind Ensemble
Reid Wixson, conductor

about the composer

Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, composes music for concert band, orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles and solo piano that often draws inspiration from American history, current events, natural surroundings and memories. His large ensemble music has been performed by more than 40 concert bands, orchestras and choirs, including the Air Force Band of Mid-America and Ukraine's Chamber Choir Kyiv. He has written commissioned works for the Cornell University Symphonic Band, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Southwest Wind Ensemble, Calhoun-Isles Community Band, Wells Fargo Chorus and other ensembles and individuals, and four CDs of his music have been released. His choral work Two December Carols has been published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Schroeder is a a 2001 graduate of Southwest High School and a 2005 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he studied composition primarily with Timothy Mahr and Peter Hamlin. In 2001, he was named "Composer with Most Potential" by the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and in 2004 he was one of three under-25 American composers chosen to participate in the National Band Associationís Young Composer Mentor Project, where he took lessons with composers Mark Camphouse, Donald Grantham and Dana Wilson. He composed Southwest Memories in the summer of 2016, based on a piano score composed in 2001.

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more on Southwest Memories

Dec. 12, 2016: Southwest Wind Ensemble; Reid Wixson, conductor - Minneapolis, MN premiere
VIDEO LINK Watch this performance on YouTube

Details & Ordering Information

Instrumentation: pic, 2 fl, ob, bsn, 3 cl, b cl, 2 a sax, t sax, b sax, 3 tpt, 4 hn, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 4 perc, piano (opt.)
Difficulty Level: Grade 3 (Ideal for college, high school and community bands)

View the Complete Score (PDF) | Order a Score/Parts Set ($50)

Watch Recording (YouTube) | Premiere recording by the Southwest Wind Ensemble (Reid Wixson, conductor)