Wind ensemble compositions of James Syler

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)


Music Conducting

First Committee Member

Gary Green, Committee Chair


The purpose of this study is to examine James Syler's contributions to the wind ensemble repertory. The music of James Syler has been performed throughout the world and has received high critical acclaim from periodical and newspaper reviews. In 1993, he was the winner of the 17th annual National Band Association Composition Contest and winner of the first annual Amald D. Gabriel Composition Award sponsored by the United States Air Force Band for his composition The Hound of Heaven. He was also selected as a finalist for the 1995 Sudler International Wind Band Composition Contest sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and the 1998 American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Band Composition Contest for his compositions Minton's Playhouse and Symphony No. 1 " Blue" respectively. James Syler has written five pieces for wind ensemble, all of which vary in terms of style, structure, and composer inspiration.



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