Jim Beckel

Recordings Information

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Symphony for Band

The DePauw University Band recorded Symphony for Band with Craig Pare conducting.

Glass Bead 

The Alabama Wind Ensemble, conducted by Kenneth Ozzello & Randall Coleman, recorded The Glass Bead Game, with Charles Snead on solo horn.  It may be purchased at the following link:


The Spirit of Ellis Island

The United States Air Force Band of Liberty recorded Gardens of Stone This CD may not be purchased, but may be borrowed from your public library. 

“The USAF Band of Liberty brought home two awards from the 55th Annual Air Force Media Contest. The work Gardens of Stone by James Beckel took home first prize for Outstanding Recording of a Single Work.”

“Lest We Forget . .”

Ronald Demke and the Allentown Band recorded Liberty for All on their “Lest We Forget . . . ” patriotic album.  More information about this and other recordings may be found by visiting this website.

Allentown Band

Texas Horns

The combined horn sections of the Dallas and Houston symphony orchestras recorded Portraits of the American West on this CD with Crystal Records.  It was released in 2008 on CD774.


The DePauw University Band conducted by Craig Pare recorded Music for Winds, Piano, and Percussion

Holiday Traditions

The USAF Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Colonel Dennis M. Layendecker, Commander and Music Director, recorded A Christmas Fanfare on their 2007 holiday CD.

With every leaf a miracle

Kent Leslie recorded Primitive Modern for horn and recorded sounds.   The work was commissioned by Kent.

This album can be downloaded from the Spotify website.

Americana . . .
The Dream Comes Alive

The Virginia Symphony recorded Liberty for All in 2006 under the direction of JoAnn Falletta, Music Director.

Perspectives: Sound & Rhythm

Velvet Brown recorded Concerto for Tuba and Percussion in 2003 with Crystal Records, CD 694.

Call to Duty

The United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC recorded Liberty for All with Colonel Finley Hamilton conducting and Brigadier General Vincent K. Brooks narrating.

Gregory Hustis, Horn

Greg Hustis recorded The Glass Bead Game with the Dallas Philharmonia conducted by Paul Clifford Phillips on Crystal Records CD773.

Houston Symphony – Glad Tidings

A Christmas Fanfare for orchestra, performed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra and recorded in 2004, Michael Krajewski, conductor.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra – Yuletide Celebration

A Christmas Fanfare for orchestra, performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and recorded in 2004, conducted by Jack Everly.

Holiday Fanfare

Lieutenant Kenneth W. Megan directed the Coast Guard Band in A Christmas Fanfare.

Liberty for All

The United States Coast Guard recorded Liberty for All with Lewis J. Buckley, Director and special guest Merlin Olson narrating.

Always Ready

Altissimo included the United States Coast Guard Band recording of The American Dream on this CD.

Toccata Festiva

Make a Joyful Noise for band and Toccata Festiva, an arrangement for band and organ of a Samuel Barber piece.   This CD was recorded in 2004 by the DePauw University Band and was conducted by Craig Pare.


© 1966 A Keynote Brass Production.

Freedom’s Hope for Brass Quintet 

Americana – United States Coast Guard Band

This CD was directed by Commander Lewis J. Buckley  and features Walter Cronkite narrating Lincoln Portrait.

American Dream for band.

Christmas Joy – Chamber Brass Choir

This CD features Christmas music performed by brass instruments.  It was released in 1994 under the direction of Thomas Akins.  It is available from contacting James Beckel on this website.

A Christmas Fanfare for Brass Choir.
Christmas Medley for Brass Septet.

The Glass Bead Game –
Kent L. Leslie, Horn

This CD was released by Hard Cor Music, Inc. ® in 1998 ©.  Performers on Jim’s piece, in addition to Kent Leslie, are Thomas Harvey, percussion; Sheryll McManus, piano; and Wendy Muston, harp.

The Glass Bead Game for Horn, Piano, Percussion, and Harp

Airs and Dances

This CD was produced by the DePauw University Band department under the direction of Craig Pare.

The Glass Bead Game for horn and band, performed by the DePauw Band and Richard Graef.

Shadows of Eternity

This CD was recorded at Kresge Auditorium on the DePauw University campus by Bruce Leek.

The American Dream for band, performed by the Depauw University Band, with Craig Pare, director.


Blue Horizons and Beyond –
USAF Band of Mid-America,
William Shatner narrating

From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond is a work written to honor the Appollo landing on the moon.


The United States Coast Guard Band
56th Annual Midwest Clinic 2002

A Christmas Fanfare for band.

Tales of Imagination
J.D. Shaw, Horn

The Glass Bead Game for band

University of New Mexico Wind Symphony


Shelly Martinson, Flute and Philip Martinson, Trombone

Four Vignettes for Flute and Trombone


Jeff Nelsen and Adam Frey

The Glass Bead Game for band, Jeff Nelsen, horn soloist.

University or Utah Wind Ensemble

Musica Mobilis
Music for Brass 

Featuring the DePauw University School of Music Brass Faculty and Friends.

Pieces by Jim include:

            Musica Mobilis, brass choir
            The Glass Bead Game, chamber version
            Freedom’s Hope, brass quintet
            A Christmas Fanfare, brass choir
            Father Jacobus from The Glass Bead Game, orchestra
            A Christmas Medley, chamber brass
            The American Dream, Coast Guard Band
            Inaugural Fanfare and March, Coast Guard Band

Available from Jim.  Contact via this website.  Limited supply.