New Star-Spangled Titles for Young Band Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Randall Standridge, Grade 2.5
Using the familiar folk songs Brighton Camp, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and The Cruel War as a basis, Randall Standridge has created a unique concert march with a built in American history lesson. Perfect to pay tribute to the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this arrangement works as a patriotic concert selection, march, and as an interesting choice for contest. Its light style, legato vs. staccato rhythms, and section independence will advance your band’s musicianship, and the layering of the various melodies puts this arrangement over the top!
Call to Valor
Scott Watson, Grade 1.5
Valor is defined as “boldness or determination in facing great danger; heroic courage.” “Call to Valor” musically evokes both the resolute strength and quiet courage required to face difficulties and the unknown. The piece begins with a brief, animated introduction followed by a bold fanfare theme. A quieter, contrasting section alternates bugle calls with field drum solos, but then builds to the return of the opening material. “Call to Valor” is the perfect fanfare opener or exciting closer for your next concert.
Fanfare for the Unsung Hero
Matt Conaway, Grade 2
Stirring and dignified, this original patriotic fanfare is perfect for Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day, or any patriotic celebration, and is an ideal opener. Majestic percussion, stately (and basic) 16th note patterns, and bold brass statements set the stage for a rousing, mature-sounding salute.
To the Colors
Ronald C. Knoener, Grade 2.5
Written in the style of a U.S. Civil War marching song, this enjoyable patriotic march features the historic flag-raising bugle call To the Colors. The lightness of style and battery percussion enhances the character and reverence of this march. Open a concert or patriotic program by processing the colors in to this fantastic, respectful work followed by the Star-Spangled Banner!