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Christmas Parade Suggestions Thursday, November 07, 2013

Now that Halloween has passed and both football and marching band contest season are over, planning and attention moves to concert band – the all-too-short rehearsal time for your Christmas concert, and if you’re lucky, some advance reading and rehearsal of the year’s concert literature and adjudication pieces.  Tucked into the schedule, waiting to ambush you, somewhere between Thanksgiving and your holiday break, is the annual holiday parade.  It is usually forgotten about until the last minute, resulting in the usual harried stress. “What should we play?” “I’m/the students are tired of the same old tune/medley?”  “We’re missing how many parts?”  Ease your stress (and head off the annual ambush) by planning ahead, and picking up something new!  Your students and audience will appreciate it…and all the parts will be there!

The first 6 are New for 2013!  Our band staff suggests checking out 3 Christmas Parades for Developing Bands if your group is particularly young.  We’ve thrown in a few other favorites, as well – we’re especially fond of the user-friendly Christmas Parade Sequence from Hal Leonard.  Visit the Christmas section of our marching band page for more holiday parade sheet music options.

New for 2013
Auld Lang Syne
Arr. Michael Ruiz
Medium-Easy

Christmas Angels on the March
Arr. Tim Waters
Easy

Joy to the World
Arr. Dallas Burke
Medium-Easy

Nutcracker Christmas Parade
Arr. Allen Gray
Medium-Easy

Santa Baby
Arr. Mike Story
Big & Easy Series – Grade 2

3 Christmas Parades for Developing Bands
Arr. Tim Fisher
Very Easy

Other Christmas Favorites
Christmas Parade Sequence
Arr. Paul Lavender & Will Rapp
Series One – Grade 2

Christmas is Coming/Deck the Halls
Arr. Larry Kerchner & Jim Reed
Arrangers’ Marching Band – Grade 3

We Need a Little Christmas
Arr. Jay Bocook & Omar Cermenates
Contemporary Marching Band – Grade 3.5

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