Program Notes for Holiday for Horns

Composer: John Howell
Arranger: John Howell

In all the literature for concert bands, there are very few pieces that feature the entire Horn section.

John Howell, an associate professor of music at Virginia Tech University, wanted to do something about that.

John wrote Holiday for Horns in the early 1960s, for the Fairmont High School West band in Kettering, Ohio. That band enjoyed the tune, but the music then sat in a drawer for over 40 years, until John revived it – mostly from memory – in 2006.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are delighted to feature the [name of band] Horn Section playing John Howell’s Holiday for Horns.