Howard Dunn

Rarely, in any profession, is a person truly loved by all and able to brighten every life he touched. Howard Dunn was a man with these qualities. An endless reservoir of teaching techniques, Howard provided the state of Texas, the nation, and the world with love, emotion, desire, and commitment. His knowledge of wind band literature was legendary. The Dallas Wind Symphony, heard in concert just before this ceremony, performed a continuing tribute to his life.… Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame

Howard Dunn Reviews:

“This recording was made in Dallas’s showcase Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in June 1990. The repertory is a mix of standards— Holst’s two suites—and the mildly esoteric A Moorside Suite and Hammersmith. Of these, Hammersmith will appeal to those who like the composer’s Planets, particularly Uranus. The selections are played in Holst’s original instrumentation, and sound much the better and cleaner for it. The ensemble is crisp, and the solo and sectional playing measures up to a truly ‘symphonic’ standard. …the Texans seem to have a secure grasp of Holst’s idiom. The hall provides something very close to an ideal sound envelope, and the recording presents a well- focused image with lots of depth, good presence, and, except for some brightness in the high brass, natural tonal balance.” —Ted Libbey