“September” by “Earth Wind & Fire” arr. Paul Murtha, performed by the Wind Ensemble led by Tim Ferrier, at the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra NSYO concert December 5, 2010.
“September” is a song by Earth, Wind & Fire which was written by Maurice White, Al McKay and Allee Willis. It was recorded during the “I Am” sessions and released as a single in 1978. Featured on the band’s album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, September reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the UK singles chart.
“September” sold over a million copies and it has been certified gold as up until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, a Gold single equaled 1 million units sold. “September” was later certified Gold for digital sales by the RIAA
Earth, Wind & Fire is an American R&B and funk band formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 by Verdine White and Maurice White. Also known as EWF, the band has won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. They have been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone has described them as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and has also declared that the band “changed the sound of black pop”. In 1998, they were ranked at number 60 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock N’ Roll.
The band’s music contains elements of African, Latin American, funk, soul, pop and rock music, jazz and other genres.
The NSYO Wind Ensemble, formed in 2001, provides ensemble training and performance opportunities for brass and woodwind players. Most of the players in this video are 12-22 years old.
Wind Ensemble’s website is