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Symphony No. 3 premiered in Japan

Jan 24, 2021


  The Hiroshima Wind Orchestra premiered Jager's Symphony No. 3 (The Grandeur of God) on October 24, 2020, in an All-Jager concert in Hiroshima's Aster Plaza Main Hall.  Tatsuya Shimono, music director was the conductor.  It was subsequently lived streamed as part of the 2020 Midwest Instrumental Clinic, held annually in Chicago, Illinois.  Based upon poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, the four-movement work for symphonic band is dedicated to the memory of Jager's beloved wife, Sally Crain-Jager who succumbed to Leukemia in 2014.  For further information on acquiring performance materials contact Robert Jager at


TTU Archives

Oct 1, 2019

The Tennessee Tech University is now holding scores, papers, recordings, etc., of Robert Jager in the University Library Archives. These can be accessed using the following address:


Robert Jager Music Education Endowment

Apr 14, 2019




The Robert Jager Music Education Endowment at Tennessee Tech University is being created by the TTU Foundation.  The scholarship is designed to be awarded to an incoming freshman or current student pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Fine Art with a Major in Music Education.  Emeritus Professor Robert Jager taught music theory and composition at Tennessee Tech University for 30 years, retiring in 2001.  It is Professor Jager's desire to encourage and support students who major in Music Education thereby strengthening this most important discipline.  Contributions to the Robert Jager Music Education Endowment may be sent to the Tennessee Technological University Foundation,  University Advancement, 705 N. Dixie Avenue, Campus Box 5111, Alumni Building 203, Cookeville,TN, 38505.  For more information contact Lesley M. Loftis, Director of Development at TTU - 931-372-3997, or Dr. Wendy Mullin, Director, School of Music - 931-372-3161.



Symphony No. 3 for Band Premiered

Jun 21, 2018

The premiere of Robert Jager's SYMPHONY NO. 3 FOR BAND took place on May 1, 2018, by the Troy University Symphonic Winds under the direction of Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Band at Troy University (Alabama).  The SYMPHONY, subtitled "The Grandeur of God" is in four movements and is inspired by writings of the Jesuit author and priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins.  In this sense it is rather a "tone poem/symphony".  The work is a grade six and the performance time is approximately 25 minutes long. 

Premiere of "Festival of Winds & Percussion"

Jun 7, 2015

Robert Jager's "Festival of Winds & Percussion"  was premiered on May 29, 2015 by the Clarence (NY) Wind Ensemble under the direction of William Eicher.  The "Festival" was commissioned by the Clarence Band Boosters in celebration of the band's 50th Annual Concert in Kleinhans Music Hall, the home of the Buffalo Philharmonic.  The "Festival of Winds & Percussion is a five-movement suite with the following titles: 1. Prologue-Carillon, 2. A Jolly Circus March, 3. Valse Sentimentale, 4. Jabberwocky Scherzo, and 5. Ruckus.

Premiere of "The War Prayer"

Jun 7, 2015

 Robert Jager's setting of Mark Twain's "The War Prayer" took place on May 31, 2015 by the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Carl J. Bianchi.  The premiere took place at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia.  The narrator for the premiere was Colonel John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret), a former conductor of the U. S. Marine Band in Washington, DC. "The War Prayer" by Mark Twain is a scathing indictment of war, particularly of blind patriotic and religious fervor as motivations for war.

Jager Volume 2 CD Released

Nov 1, 2014

Mark Custom Recordings has released volume two of the music of Robert Jager.  Entitled "Lest We Forget", this CD features music commissioned by the military bands of the United States Armed Forces in performances by those groups.  Included on the CD are: LORD, GUARD AND GUIDE by the Military Airlift Command Band, Scott AFB, Illinois, Col. H. Bruce Gilkes - conducting; MYSTIC CHORDS OF MEMORY by the U. S. Navy Band of Washington, DC, CDR Ralph Gambone - conducting; VARIANTS ON THE AIR FORCE HYMN by the Air Force Band of Flight, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, Capt. Kelly Bledsoe - conducting; THE WALL by the U. S. Air Force Band of Washington, DC, LtCol Alan Bonner - conducting; ESPRIT DE CORPS by the U. S. Marine Band of Washington, DC, Col. John Bourgeois - conducting; LEST WE FORGET by the U. S. Army Field Band of Fort Meade, MD, Col. Finley Hamilton - conducting; ETERNAL VIGILANCE, a collaborative commission from the four military academies and performed here by the U. S. Coast Guard Academy Band, CDR Kenneth Megan, conducting.  As with volume one, the cover art is by Sally Jager, a renowned artist and wife of the composer.   

Like A Sea of Glass - Premieres

Sep 2, 2014

"Like A Sea of Glass Mingled With Fire", originally commissioned by the Tacoma (WA) Concert Band, was premiered on March 1, 2014, in a new revised version by Robert Musser and the Tacoma Concert Band.  A second premiere, the East Coast premiere, took place on May 26, 2014, by the Clarence (NY) High School Wind Ensemble in Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall under the direction of William Eicher.  "Like A Sea of Glass" is a three-movement musical portrait of renowned glass artist, Dale Chilhuly.  It is scheduled to be published in the Winter of 2015 by Piedmont Music (Edward B. Marks Publishing) of New York. 

Recording Session at U of Texas - El Paso

Dec 23, 2013

 In November, the University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Ron Hufstader, recorded a CD for Marks Custom Recordings of music by Robert Jager.  A wie variety of Jager's works were recorded:  HIGHLAND FLING, HEBRAIC RHAPSODY, THIRD SUITE, CHORALE AND TOCCATA, COLONIAL AIRS AND DANCE, TESTAMENT, and CONCERTO FOR BAND.  This is an outstanding group of musicians and Dr. Hufstader was extremely sensitive to the scores.  "Testament: The Music of Robert Jager" is available at, as well as on iTunes, Amazon and other online sites.

Jager & the Cookeville Community Band

Dec 23, 2013

 The Cookeville (TN) Community Band has invited Robert Jager to be it's conductor and he has accepted.  The first concert took place on December 9, bringing in the holiday season.  The regular series takes place in Dogwood Park and will begin on Memorial Day, 2014, and continue every other Monday until August.  Jager says, "This is a great opportunity for me to give back to Cookeville for what they have given me."

Bryan Symphony performs "Of Things Remembered"

Oct 11, 2013

 On Sunday, October 6, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee performed "Of Things Remembered", a work written for string orchestra.  Maestro Dan Allcott conducted the performance.  The work, originally written for two pianos for Catherine and Hermann Godes, was transcribed in 2007 for string orchestra.  It is in three movements, each reflecting aspects of the lives of the Godes' who originally commissioned it.  "Of Things Remembered" is available from Edward B. Marks/Carlin-America.

"Esprit de Corps" for Orchestra Released

May 8, 2013

 ESPRIT DE CORPS, originally commissioned for band by the United States Marine Band in Washington, DC, has now been released in a transcription for symphony orchestra.  The publisher is Hal Leonard/Edward B. Marks, and is available for purchase from them or any music distributor.  This is a perfect addition for holiday or pops concerts.  Playing time is 4:30.

Pied Piper of Hamelin Performed

Feb 17, 2013

 As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Tennessee Tech University's Festival of Winds and Percussion, on February 15, 2013, THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN was performed with the composer, Robert Jager, narrating the text written by Robert Browning.  The TTU Symphonic Band was under the direction of Joseph Hermann, Director of Bands at Tech.  The work was originally written in 1988 for the Indiana All-State Band.  Jager was in charge of the Festival at TTU for 18 years, and Prof. Hermann honored him with this outstanding performance.

Chorale & Toccata Reissued

Nov 15, 2012

 Originally published by Elkan-Vogel in 1965, Chorale & Toccata has been revised and reissued by Theodore Presser Company, and is now available.

Jager is now an author, too!

Aug 22, 2012

Robert Jager has written a children's Christmas fable and it is now available in publication by Trafford Publishers.  "ESAU, A Christmas Fable" is the story of a young burro who happens to be at the manger when Jesus is born.  He becomes a witness to the events that surround this story: the visit of the Shepherds, the adoration of the Wisemen, but he finds something special in his interaction with the baby Jesus.  "ESAU" can be purchased online through Amazon and the Barnes & Nobel sites.  The ISBN number is: 9781466950399. 

Of Things Remembered is published

Aug 6, 2012

 OF THINGS REMEMBERED is now published by Piedmont Music of EB Marks Music Corporation.  The three-movement work is scored for string orchestra and was premiered in March, 2012, by the Adrian (MI) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Thomas Dodson.


May 17, 2012

SINFONIETTA, the 1972 American Bandmasters Association "Ostwald Award" winner, has been reissued by Alfred Music Publishers and is available from their Rental Library.  SINFONIETTA was commissioned by the Butler University Wind Ensemble and was the third "Ostwald Award" winner that Jager won. 

ABA Performance

Apr 28, 2012

Jager's 1971 composition for symphonic band, SINFONIETTA, was performed on March 3, at the 2012 convention of the American Bandmasters Association by the Butler University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Rodney Winther - Director of Wind Studies (Ret) at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  SINFONIETTA was commissioned by Butler University in 1971, and in 1972 was the recipient of the ABA's "Ostwald Award", which marked the third time Jager had received the award, and making him the only three-time winner of this prestigious award.

String Orchestra Work Premiered

Mar 16, 2012

OF THINGS REMEMBERED, a three-movement composition for string orchestra was premiered on March 10, 2012 by the Adrian (MI) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Thomas Dodson.  See the "Reviews" section of this site for more details.

Three Scenes from Penn's Woods

Mar 7, 2012

THREE SCENES FROM PENN'S WOODS, a new grade 3-4 composition for concert band has just been released by Edward B. Marks/Hal Leonard.  Commissioned by the junior high and middle school band directors of Pennsylvania's North Penn, Pennridge, Quakertown Community and Souderton Area school districts for the 2011 Bux-Mont Honors Band, the work was premiered in January, 2010 with the composer conducting.

The work is a three-movement suite which takes its name from the English translation of "Pennsylvania".  The three movements are titled: Punxsutawny Phil, Moravian Hymn Variants, and Independence Hall.

New CD of Concerto for Tuba

Mar 1, 2012

Oystein Baadsvik, internationally known tuba soloist from Norway, has recorded Jager's CONCERTO FOR BASS TUBA on the BIS Records label with the Fanfare Band of the Royal Netherlands Army, Tijmen Botma, conductor.  The album (BIS-SACD-1965) is on the album titled "Chameleon" and is currently available through LOWBRASSMUSIC.COM.  Baadsvik is the only tuba player in the world to have made a career as a full-time soloist and has appeared with the Oslo, Bergen and Warsaw philharmonic orchestras, as well as the National Taiwan and Singapore symphony orchestras.

Concerto For Band Chosen

Mar 1, 2012

CONCERTO FOR BAND has been chosen to be the compulsory composition in the "excellence" category of the Flicorno d'Oro International Band Competition in Riva, Italy.  The competition, to be held in July, 2012 will feature 52 participating symphonic bands from around the world. 

Symphony Performance in Japan

Oct 13, 2011

Symphony No. One for Band  was performed on September 25, 2011, in Tokyo JAPAN by the Green Heart Wind Orchestra under the direction of Toshiro Yamamoto.

Portuguese Magazine Feature

Jul 14, 2011

EURIDICE, the monthly magazine of the Portuguese Army Band, has a featured article on Robert Jager.  The article is a result of an interview with SAj MUS Luis Cascao, and it discusses Jager's career, influences, experiences and specific compositions.  In June, 2011, the Portuguese Army Band performed Jager's SHIVAREE in concert.

Orchestral ESPRIT DE CORPS Premiered

Jun 6, 2011

On Memorial Day, 2011, the Dayton Philharmonic under the direction of Neal Gittleman premiered the orchestra version of  ESPRIT DE CORPS.  Originally written for the U. S. Marine Band in Washington, DC, ESPRIT DE CORPS was transcribed for orchestra by the composer during the Winter of 2011.  The work, based upon THE MARINES HYMN is available from Hal Leonard Publications.

Orchestral Music on MP3

Jun 5, 2011

Five orchestral compositions by Jager are now available on Naxos MP3.  Suite from "Edvard Munch", Like a White Daisy Looks, Kokopelli Dances for flute & orchestra, The Pied Piper of Hamelin for narrator & orchestra, I Dream of Peace for children's chorus & orchestra are included on the recording.  John Thomas Dodson conducted the Omsk Philharmonic of Russia with flute soloist Stephanie Winker of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the St. Louis (MO) Children's Choir.  The recording is available on by searching for "Robert Jager" or by  using the direct link:

New Choral Work Premiered

Jun 5, 2011

LITTLE LAMB based on the poem by William Blake was premiered by the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir under the direction of Linda Raney in Santa Fe, NM on Sunday, May 15, 2011.  The work is dedicated to the Rev. Brooke Pickerell, her husband Anthony, and their new baby, Mather.

Esprit at ABA Convention

Mar 10, 2011

ESPRIT DE CORPS was performed at the 2011 American Bandmasters Association Convention in Norfolk, VA by the U. S. Marine Band of Washington, DC.  Col. Thomas Palmatier of the United States Army Field Band conducted.

"Antigone" Incidental Music

Mar 4, 2011

"Antigone", Jean Anouilh's version of the Socrates play will be performed by Santa Fe Theaterwork beginning on April 8, and running through to April 17, 2011.  Robert Jager has composed incidental music for the play to be performed during the performance.

2011 Spring Performances

Mar 1, 2011

April - CONCERTO FOR BASS TUBA AND WIND ENSEMBLE - State University of New York at Fredonia Wind Ensemble, Daniel Perantoni, soloist. Paula Holcomb, conducting.

April 10 - I DREAM OF PEACE for children's chorus & orchestra - the Vocal Arts Academy of Milwaukee and the Bel Canto Boys Choir, Emily Crocker, conducting. Christ the King Church, Milwaukee, WI.

May 19 - CONCERTO NO. TWO for alto saxophone - Grossmont College Concert Band, Mitch Way, soloist, Russ Sperling, conductor.  El Cajon, CA.

June 4 - FIRST SUITE FOR BAND - Festival Wind Orchestra, Keith Reid, conductor. Lawrence Park Church, Toronto, CAN

Premiere in Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2011

THREE SCENES FROM "PENN'S WOODS"  was premiered on January 29, 2011 by the Bux-Mont Intermediate Honor Band with the composer conducting.  The three-movement work (Punxsutawny Phil, Moravian Hymn Variants, Independence Hall) was commissioned by the band to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.

Symphony for Band (No. One) Reissued

Sep 17, 2010

SYMPHONY NO. ONE FOR BAND has been re-edited and re-issued by Alfred Music Publishers.  This is the work that won Jager the first of his three "Ostwald Awards" in 1964.  It was originally published in three sections but is now available on rental as one complete unit.  A recording of the complete symphony is available from Alfred Music Publishers at or at 1-818-891-5999.

Esprit de Corps in "Teachers Resource Guide"

Jul 2, 2010

An analysis and discussion of ESPRIT DE CORPS will appear in Volume 8 of the "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" series published by GIA.  Mark Whitlock of Ball State University wrote the analysis, and Richard Miles is the compiler and editor.

U.S. Army Orchestra performs Tuba Concerto

May 19, 2010

Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra was performed by the United States Army Orchestra under the direction of Maj. Paul Bamonte on January 28, 2010, as part of the T.U.B.A. Conference in DC.  Zach Collins was the soloist.

Tuba Concerto in Colorado

May 19, 2010

Concerto for Bass Tuba and Band is to be performed by the Colorado Wind Ensemble in Boulder, CO, on May 24, 2010, under the direction of Matthew Roader, University of Colorado Director of Bands.  The soloist will be Michael Dunn, also a professor at the University of Colorado, and a former theory student of the composer.  Also on the program will be Jager's Esprit de Corps.

New Composition for Clarinet & Piano

Aug 6, 2009

Aphorisms for solo clarinet & piano has been released in publication (August, 2009) by Edward B. Marks Corporation/Hal Leonard Publications.  The work was commissioned by Garry Evans, clarinet instructor at Texas Women's University, and premiered by him in 2007.  He also performed the work at the International Clarinet Symposium at the University of Missouri in Kansas City during the Summer of 2008.  Aphorisms is a five-movement suite of approximately 9 minutes length.

"The Wall" to be performed at Kerkrade

Jul 11, 2009

On July 18, 2009, THE WALL will be performed at the World Music Concours in Kerkrade, the Netherlands.  The performing ensemble will be the Associazione Musicale Stanislao Silesu from Samassi Sardinie Italy, and the conductor will be Maestro Francesco Pittau.  The World Music Concours is the most prestigious gathering of wind bands in the world and it meets every four years in Kerkrade.  Ensembles from throughout the world gather to perform and to compete for honors.

The New Grove Dictionary of American Music

May 6, 2009

Robert Jager has been selected to be included in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music.  The listing in this prestigious volume will include his biography, performance credits, list of compositions, commissions, publications, awards and honors.

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