So, I mentioned that I would write a quick blog where you can find more information with composer diversity.
Composing is always more fun when you have a variety of unique timbres and voices with which to write. Programming a concert with a similar mindset can be just as fun. Of course, I appreciate your consideration of my music as you are programming for your ensembles. Besides, I believe we have a responsibility to the students in our groups to take a serious approach to select a program of music that reflects the diversity of the world around us. After all, perspective is one of the greatest gifts a teacher/conductor can provide to those sitting in their ensemble. Consider the diversity of views you can afford to your students through the diverse compositional voices you select, particularly from people who may not traditionally have had the opportunity to contribute within the mainstream wind band "scene." One of the most amazing things happening in the band world right now is the ease of access to diverse voices. There are many resources for finding these voices and their contributions to consider.
This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in promoting diversity in programming. I would recommend that this be your first stop on the journey to seeking out diverse programming.
If you are looking for a quick catalog to comb through, you can try a few of these options for diverse literature:
I am also really proud to be associated with Murphy Music Press. That catalogue has a great cross section of representation. You should check it out!
More composers than ever are indeed self-publishing. There are some great discussions to be had about why this is. However, this blog is going to be focused strictly on how to broaden literature choice. Sometimes, you may have to do a little digging to find the programming you were looking for. It exists. It may take a little extra effort. But, nothing worthwhile was ever easy right? We have to look for it or even communicate with the composers themselves. I have not met a composer that does not appreciate a politely worded email inquiry about what music they might have available. Social media can be a big help with this also. Sometimes the composer will have music available that may not be in a publisher's catalog. Find a composer you are interested in representing and just ask them to point you in the right direction if all else fails. Composers are some of my favorite people! They want to interact with you and your program and have their music performed.
Again, I would encourage you to dive deeper into the composition and the voice that created it. After all, that is what is most enjoyable about making music!