One of the composers Denver Municipal Band loves is known for his Western sound. He dialed into the pioneering voice of America, propelling it on a global stage. But this composer wasn't from Denver or Seattle or anywhere in the West ... he was from Brooklyn, New York. Aaron Copland.
Aaron was born the youngest of five into a Lithuanian Jewish family in November 1900. His beginnings weren't auspicious. Unlike Mozart, he wasn't a musical prodigy. He took piano lessons from his older sister and didn't receive formal piano lessons until age 14. He didn't even hear his first symphony concert until age 15.
But soon after, it seemed music had taken hold of him. He performed his first major piano performance at age 27. At 42, he wrote Rodeo and at 45, Appalachian Spring.
Today, he's one of the most celebrated American composers.