David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1943. He attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied composition with Joseph Wood. He spent a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did graduate work in composition at Michigan State University with H. Owen Reed.
Maslanka's works for winds and percussion have become especially well known. They include among others, "A Child's Garden of Dreams" for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, "Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion," the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th symphonies, "Mass" for soloists, chorus, boys chorus, wind orchestra and organ, and the two Wind Quintets. Percussion works include, "Variations of 'Lost Love'" and "My Lady White: for solo marimba, and three ensemble works: "Arcadia II: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble," "Crown of Thorns," and "Montana Music: Three Dances for Percussion." In addition, he has written a wide variety of chamber, orchestral, and choral pieces.
David Maslanka's compositions are published by Carl Fischer, Inc., Kjos Music Company, Marimba Productions, Inc., the North American Saxophone Alliance, and OU Percussion Press, and have been recorded on Albany, Cambria, CRI, Mark, Novisse, and Klavier labels. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough College of the City University of New York. He now lives in Missoula, Montana. David Maslanka is a member of ASCAP.
The Wind Symphony is the select wind ensemble consisting of approximately 45 instrumentalists. They perform a wide range of music for winds, from small chamber ensembles to full band literature. Works are generally quite difficult and include both classics and contemporary music in the repertory. Wind Ensemble rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Andrew Boysen, conductor.
The UNH Wind Symphony have added more prestigious appearances to their portfolio. They were featured at The College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Convention held in Baltimore, MD. and at the New York State Band Directors Association Convention held in Syracuse, NY.
Andrew Boysen, conductor, was joined by guest conductors Mark DeTurk and Erika Svanoe. Jenni Cook was the guest soloist for one of Ms. Svanoe's selections, Four Grainger Songs, by Percy Grainger, arranged by Erika Svanoe. Mark DeTurk led the Wind Symphony in Santa Fe Saga by Morton Gould. Andrew Boysen conducted Messagio, by Zdenek Lukas, Rondino in E Flat by Ludwig van Beethoven, Relentless, by Andrew Boysen, and the world premiere of 'S'aint Funk (patron saint of da groove) written by Michael Annicchiarico, one of the department's composers.