Edward J. Madden was born in Derry, NH, after attending public
schools there, Portland, Maine, and Manchester, NH, received
advanced degrees in Music Education from the University of NH and
Boston University. He studied composition with Robert Manton (a
pupil of D’Indy), Dr. Hugo Norden, and Gardner Read (a student of
Sibelius), trombone with John Coffey and conducting with Richard
Burgin both of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
“His virtuosity is in his versatility” once remarked famous violist
Raphael Hillyer (Julliard String Quartet) of Madden’s eclectic
career as a performer, composer/arranger, conductor, and educator.
In education, while residing in the Boston area, he was director of
bands and orchestra at Brookline MA High School, held visiting
professorships at the U of Alaska, Boston U. and the U of NH. Later
with Alaska resident Jo Scott, co-founded the nationally known
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival where for 10 years he was artistic
director, symphony orchestra conductor, instructor, and jazz
A legendary Boston free lance trombone and piano artist he has
performed with the orchestras of the Shubert, Colonial, and Wang
Center theatres, the Ice Capades, Ice Follies, and even the Ringling
Bros. Circus Band! Later formed “Music by Eddie Madden” a “Big Band”
society dance orchestra for which he wrote all the arrangements,
playing in the New England area, other parts of the country, and
also playing with many famous show business personalities. In
addition, he has been music director/arranger for 45 original Boston
area musicals including those of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology “Tech Show” and Boston’s famous Vincent Club Show.
In 1957 A COLONIAL RHAPSODY, his initial work for concert band was
published by Edward B. Marks Music Corporation. It soon became a
classic in the band world and still appears on school, community,
and All State band programs. Other works for band soon followed
published by Marks and several other music houses. His prolific pen
has also created original commissioned arrangements and compositions
for “Big Bands”, acts, choral groups, orchestras and over 400 titles
for the marching bands of Arizona State, Clemson, Brigham Young,
Stephen F. Austin, Harvard and other universities. These latter have
been heard in the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and New York’s Saint
Patrick’s Day Parade.
Ed Madden’s name is associated with music of high quality in all his
chosen idioms. The remarkable characteristic of his writing is his
concern for the dominance of melody and/or countermelody along with
a penchant for a rich harmonic texture consistent with the classic
or contemporary stylistic period in which the work is created. It is
these qualities along with an uncommon freshness and orchestration
that makes his music so appealing.
His passionate many faceted career has for many years left him
little time to “market” his concert band works. Many were
commissioned and performed in significant venues including Boston’s
Symphony Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall and while successful had
remained unpublished. In 2006 COACH LANE MUSIC PUBLISHING CO. was
established and has made available his complete catalog of works for
concert band including those previously published by others for
which he has retrieved all rights. He is an annual award winning
member of ASCAP.
In 2005 Ed Madden and his wife Kathy have made their home in
Fountain Hills, Arizona enjoying in passions such as playing in
local music groups, and landscaping and gardening.
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