Last week the Washington Winds completed a new CD album entitled “R-Rocks” for Rundel Music Publications at Omega Recording Studios. Located in Rot an der Rot (Baden-Wuerttemberg), Rundel is one the largest publishers in Germany, specializing in band music that encompasses all styles from classical transcriptions to traditional band music and modern popular styles. R-Rocks used a fifty-piece European style concert band that included a rock rhythm section.
“The Washington Winds is one of the finest wind orchestras in the world,” said Manfred Honetschläger, who traveled to Washington DC from Frankfurt to supervise the recording sessions. “Rundel Music Publications has worked with them since 2005, and this is the third recording project we have had with them this year. The musicians are incredible, and Omega Recording Studios is the perfect facility for recording this kind of large ensemble.” Manfred is a noted composer and arranger, in addition to being a trombonist in the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra.
According to conductor Edward Petersen, the success of the Washington Winds is due to the very fine musicians, who are comfortable recording on a non-union basis. “The Washington DC area is home to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Naval Academy and Army Field Bands, as well as the National Symphony, Kennedy Center, Baltimore Opera and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.” he said. “We have a great number of superb musicians who are either active or retired from these groups who enjoy playing these sessions, and we are able to choose the best of them to play in the Washington Winds and the Washington Pops.”
Omega Recording Studios is also home to the Washington Pops orchestra, which records regularly for music industry clients from around the world.