News & Views Sunday, May 20, 2018

SAVE THE DATE – Sacred Choral Reading Session 2014 30 April, 2014

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Larry Shackley as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Larry is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC. From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and Shackley, Larryproducing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Larry’s published music includes over 200 choral pieces, seven cantatas, and 400 keyboard arrangements, as well as vocal and instrumental collections and numerous orchestrations. He has received writing awards from ASCAP every year since 1998, and has fulfilled commissions from schools, churches, and community choirs across America.

Your registration includes a packet of over 40 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/9/2014, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30.)
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Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Larry Shackley
Saturday 8/9/2014, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music,
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
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Fun New Disney Titles for Band 29 April, 2014

In addition to arrangements from Frozen, there are a few other new Disney arrangements for band this year.  From the popular animated movie Planes is an arrangement by Michael Brown highlighting the orchestral score, and two new arrangements for young bands featuring music from Disney park attractions – Grim Grinning Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion (this arrangement is spot-on), and One Little Spark from Journey into Imagination at EPCOT.  These will be fun additions to your spring concert, especially for any students that have been to the Disney parks!

Grim Grinning Ghosts
arr. Douglas E. Wagner
Grade 2
Featuring graveyard wailings and clattering bones, this spooky musical adventure is a delight to play and frightful to listen to. This theme from the The Haunted Mansion attraction at both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World will chill the spines of all within earshot.

One Little Spark
arr. Douglas E. Wagner
Grade 1
Journey into Imagination with Figment, the adorable and oftentimes mischievous purple dragon, is a ride exploring the 5 senses in the Imagination! pavilion at Disney’s EPCOT theme park in Orlando, Florida. Riders are accompanied by the verses of One Little Spark, one of the many amazing musical collaborations of the Sherman brothers.

Highlights from Planes
arr. Michael Brown
Grade 3
For the Disney animated film Planes, composer Mark Mancina created an outstanding orchestral score filled with power and depth. Michael Brown’s skillful adaptation for young band brings all the majestic qualities of the original to the concert stage.

Joni Mitchell Guitar Songbook 28 April, 2014

This collection of guitar sheet music by Joni Mitchell includes the songs from eighteen albums of her works.  “Joni Mitchell Complete So Far” includes words, chords and tablature for her songs.  Joni Mitchell is forever experimenting with various tunings, so the tuning for each song is given, along with directions for use of a capo when called for.  At the beginning of the book there is a biography by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. One of the interesting stories about Joni Mitchell is about how she traveled Europe for about a year with a dulcimer and a flute.  Most of the album “Blue” was written on that dulcimer.  It has been a long time since a Joni Mitchell songbook has been published, so this collection is a welcome release!  For more information about this collection or other personality collections, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Frozen” Popularity Continues! 26 April, 2014

Now available!  Disney’s “Frozen” is now available in vocal selections.  This means that there is a piano accompaniment for the vocal line that is fancier than the Piano/Vocal/Guitar version.  Nine songs are in this collection, including the all-time favorite “Let It Go”.  Fresh off the press as of April!   For more information about this collection of sheet music or others you may be interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at Call Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Organ Music for Weddings 25 April, 2014

Wedding organists, are you looking for a good collection of standard wedding music for preludes and recessionals?  Standard Wedding Music for Organ, compiled and edited by David Sarandon, is a great collection of standard classics.  There are twenty-one favorites in this collection.  Another collection,  The Oxford Book of Wedding Music for Manuals, includes twenty-seven classics arranged for manuals only.   Also,  the “Wedding Processional”  from The Sound of Music  in single sheet music form is available in two settings.  One is set for all organs (#00312925), and one is set for full organ (#00199005).  The all organs version includes a bit of “What Shall we Do With a Problem Like Maria”,  (also called “Maria”  in the sheet music.)  There is a cut to the coda if the organist does not want to play “Maria”.  For more information about the music in this blog, or other wedding music, please call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, .  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Register NOW – Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic 2014! 24 April, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 21st annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 23, 2014! This session was designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends! For more information, please check out our video below, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Register online NOW!

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New Star-Spangled Titles for Band 23 April, 2014

Finding unique patriotic selections can be a challenge, but there is a wealth of new pieces for both young band and high school this year.  Ranging from typical fare (America, the Beautiful & The Star-Spangled Banner), to salutes to history (The Gettysburg Address; A House Divided; Last Full Measure); honoring the fallen (A Celebration of Taps; Ask Not; Arlington), and salutes to everyday heroes (Call to the Heroes); patriotic flag-wavers (Banners on Parade), and wonderful originals (Always United, Forever Strong & Legacy of Honor), there is something new to fill every patriotic programming slot.  All of these selections come highly recommended by our band staff, are great choices for patriotic concerts and civic events, and will make great additions to your library.

New Patriotic Titles for Young Band

America, the Beautiful 
arr. Dragon/Wagner
Grade 2
Long-established as THE setting of America, the Beautiful, the majestic beauty and awesome grandeur of Carmen Dragon’s arrangement has been preserved in this gorgeous edition with accommodations made for younger, less experienced groups. This edition is a must-have addition to your library that your students and audience deserve to experience!

Call to the Heroes
Chris M. Bernotas
Grade 1.5
This piece was inspired by the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the heroic acts of the first responders. Heroes surround us in life; this piece pays tribute to our everyday heroes, such as our parents, teachers, and peers.

A Celebration of Taps 
arr. Jerry Brubaker
Grade 2
Intertwining a harmonic component and featuring contrapuntal textures, this moving and mysterious work was inspired by a performance of Taps witnessed by the arranger in Arlington National Cemetery celebration the 150th anniversary of the hallowed melody with 150 buglers positioned throughout the twelve acre grounds.

The Gettysburg Address
Michael Story
Grade 1
To be performed with or without a narrator, this work contains musical fragments from three civil war songs, including the Battle Cry of Freedom, Dixie, and Battle Hymn of the Republic. Scored for beginners, the use of the narration will certainly enhance this patriotic setting.

A House Divided        
Brian Balmages
Grade 2.5
Based on Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech in 1858 about slavery, this contemplative work weaves original material with America to depict the tension in the House of Representatives. Often, the melody to America is altered melodically and harmonically as moments of anger, rage and fear dissolve into quirky moments of patriotism. The end of the work is magical, as the words let freedom ring are sung by the ensemble to leave the audience speechless.

Last Full Measure
Michael Sweeney
Grade 2.5
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Michael Sweeney has created an imaginative medley of Civil War tunes well-suited for young bands. The Girl I Left Behind Me (with optional tin whistles), When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier express longing and hope for loved ones away, while Battle Cry of Freedom and Battle Hymn of the Republic inspire feelings of patriotic resolve and courage.

Yankee Fanfare
Travis J. Weller
Grade 2.5
Imaginative, crisp scoring and a constant rhythmic drive energetically propel this fresh new take on Yankee Doodle from start to finish. Originally used by British Soldiers to mock the American Colonists during the Revolutionary War, the Colonists used Yankee Doodle as a rallying song when the tide of war turned in their direction. Your students should rally around this stirring, very fun setting featuring mixed meters and engaging parts for all instruments, which could be used as an attention-getting opener or bring down the house closer!


New Patriotic Titles for Concert Band

Always United, Forever Strong
Brian Balmages
Grade 4
This dynamic concert opener reflects on the power of a community coming together to be greater than the sum of its individual members. A single note fanfare progressively builds and blossoms into a massive declaration of power and might. Glorious and resolute, this is a perfect programming alternative to the standard patriotic fare.

America, the Beautiful 
arr. Erik Morales
Grade 3
This thoughtful, yet powerful arrangement brings a distinct patriotic element to your program with a focus on harmonic beauty and ensemble sound. Melodies linger at times, then push forward as the music reaches a stunning climax full of polychords and a breathtaking ending.

Arlington (Where Giants Lie Sleeping) 
Paul Murtha
Grade 4
Composed as a tribute to generations of American servicemen and women buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., this powerful and emotional work is a fitting addition to any memorial occasion or concert. Offstage trumpets announce the opening theme following by reverent strains and a solemn statement of My Country, ‘Tis of Thee. The piece develops and builds gradually, reaching a heroic climax with the familiar hymn God of Our Fathers before returning to a quiet and reflective mood as the offstage trumpets return.

Ask Not: A Musical Tribute to JFK
James Swearingen
Grade 3
A glimpse of American history is unveiled in this stunning work that musically reflects the life and times of our 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Through the use of a narrator, a wealth of information is provided that the audience will find fascinating and informative, bringing music and history together to create an educational and inspirational event.

Banners on Parade
arr. Stephen Bulla
Grade 3
Perfect for any patriotic event or showing pride in the national colors at any time, here is a rousing and creative arrangement of familiar flag-wavers! Stephen Bulla opens with You’re a Grand Old Flag, followed by the “hurrah for the flag of the free” trio section of Stars and Stripes Forever, and finishes with a toe-tapping rendition of Yankee Doodle Boy.

Legacy of Honor
Jay Bocook
Grade 4
This impressive work from Jay Bocook opens with a reverent and lush chorale segment interspersed with brief solos for oboe, flute, trumpet, and bassoon. The pace quickens with a grand heroic theme which evolves and intensifies into a majestic climax. The mood calms as this beautifully orchestrated and rewarding piece closes in a quiet and delicate manner.

The Star-Spangled Banner
arr. Damrosch/Sousa
Grade 4
This is the first concert-sized publication of the superb Sousa-Damrosch Star Spangled Banner. Their Ab version remains one of the most standard and sing-able arrangements of our National Anthem. It was richly harmonized in 1917 by Walter Damrosch and skillfully arranged by John Philip Sousa. This arrangement has been carefully editied by Keith Brion, and includes fascinating historical background.

I’ll Be Seeing You : 51 Songs of World War Two 22 April, 2014

This collection of sheet music, mostly from the 1940′s, reflects the time and attitudes of World War Two.  “What Do You Do in the Infantry?” by Frank Loesser,  “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” by Frank Loesser, and “(There’ll  Be a) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin” by Joe Bushkin and John DeVries  reflect the pugnacious spirit of war time.   “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)” by Brown, Stept and Tobias and “Do Nothin’ Til You Hear From Me”  by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell both speak to the sorrow of separation.  Longing for the end of the war is reflected in “When the Lights Go On Again(All Over the World)”  by Seiler, Marcus and Benjamin and  “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” by Burton and Kent .  These songs and many more are included in this collection.  Many have become standards, performed by many bands over the years.  For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Ballet & Other Dances 21 April, 2014

This collection of piano sheet music from the dance repertoire covers music from around the world. There are Russian dances:  “Jazz Suite #2” by Shostakovich  and “Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofieff; America is represented by Copland-”Hoedown“, and Richard Rogers- “The Carousel Waltz”.  Europe is represented by many composers: Bartok’s “Round Dance”,  Strauss’ “The Blue Danube“, and Delibes‘ “Coppelia Waltz” among them.  South American dances include Ginastera’s “Danza del Trigo” and Piazzolla‘s “Vuelvo al Sur“.  In all, there are thirty pieces arranged for intermediate piano.  It’s not easy to find a collection like this one!  For more information about this collection of piano sheet music or others like it, contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Register NOW – Elementary General Music Clinic 2014! 18 April, 2014

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 7/30/2014, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Sharon Burch as our clinician for the 32nd edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

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Vintage Vinyl – Classic Hits for Band 17 April, 2014

Pop titles are perfect spring concert fare, and once you’ve selected a contemporary Top 40 hit or two for your students, it’s nice to treat your audience of 30-something parents (and yourself) with music familiar to their generation.  From the funk of Tower of Power and The Commodores to the rock n’ roll and heavy metal of The Eagles, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, there is a host of new arrangements of hits from the 70’s and 80’s that will go over well with your audience.  Besides, there’s no such thing as hipping your students to too much music!

Brick House – The Commodores
arr. Paul Murtha
Grade 3
This funky hit recorded by the Commodores in 1977 has proven its staying power over the years.   Paul Murtha’s lively arrangement featuring the signature horn riffs is sure to become an audience favorite.

The Eagles on Tour – The Eagles
arr. Patrick Roszell
Grade 3
Iconic 70′s rock band, The Eagles, are highlighted in this arrangement featuring three of their biggest hits—the bluesy Heartache Tonight, the beautiful Desperado, and the haunting Hotel California.

Lennon – John Lennon
arr. Roland Barrett
Grade 3
John Lennon is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the U.S. Hot 100 chart, and in 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Included in this lush arrangement are Jealous Guy, Instant Karma, and Imagine.

Metal! – Various Artists
arr. Sean O’Loughlin
Grade 3
Who knew that vintage metal tunes would adapt so well for the concert stage! Sean O’Loughlin’s experience working directly some of the nation’s top recording artists gives him a decided edge when it comes to making these timeless heavy metal hits sound great for band. Includes: The Trooper (Iron Maiden), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), Rock You Like a Hurricane (Scorpions), and Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne).

Pinball Wizard - The Who
arr. Patrick Roszell
Grade 3
From The Who’s rock opera, Tommy, this high-energy, driving classic has been recognized in Billboard’s Top 10.  Who but Patrick Roszell could bring Pete Townshend’s power chords come alive for concert band!

Tower of Power Greatest Hits – Tower of Power
arr. Victor Lopez
Grade 3.5
A mainstay of funk music since the 70′s, this arrangement features three of the best-known hits by Oakland, CA based Tower of Power.  Perfect for addressing articulation and tight playing, the tunes include What Is Hip?, the lyrical ballad, You’re Still a Young Man, and Down to the Nightclub.

Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N’ Roses
arr. Paul Murtha
Grade 3
Named the greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1, Guns N’ Roses’ signature hit was introduced back in 1987 and remains as popular and recognizable today as ever. Featuring plenty of musical variety and excitement, this version will challenge young players but is guaranteed to inspire them to practice!

Register NOW – Stanton’s Super Session 2014! 16 April, 2014

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/2/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press and many other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

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The Decade Series-Songs of the 30′s 15 April, 2014

In the 1930′s Wall Street crashed and so did the Hindenburg.  Hitler and Mussolini allied their countries and began ramping across Europe and North Africa.  Japan attacked China.  On the positive side, Prohibition in the USA was over.   Germany’s loss was America’s gain when Kurt Weill , (he wrote “September Song“), came to the US and joined the ranks of the Broadway masters.  Times were, as always, changing. Talking movies were displacing vaudeville.  The Thirties was the decade of the big bands.  Benny Goodman‘s band had a theme song, “Let’s Dance“.  Glenn Miller‘s orchestra had its first hit, “In the Mood“.  Bing Crosby,(he sang “Pennies From  Heaven“), was young.  A young Walt Disney produced his first full length animated cartoon, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” , from whence came “Someday My Prince Will Come“.  This collection of 1930′s sheet music, “Songs of the 30′s” , is full of about sixty songs including the songs already mentioned.  Sing through the thirties!  For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

100 Authentic Blues Harmonica Licks 14 April, 2014

This collection, 100 Authentic Blues Harmonica Licks, is just the thing to advance your playing skills on harmonica.  It includes a CD of audio tracks for the examples given in  the book.  There is an explanation of the 12-bar blues, the way progressions work, and why they work that way. There are play-along tracks along with the demonstration tracks. The author, Steve Cohen, includes riffs in the styles of Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, and more.  All you need is a 10 hole harmonica in C  and some time! For more information about this book of harmonica sheet music or others, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Music of James Reese Europe 11 April, 2014

James Reese Europe 00110581was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1880. Although he only lived to age 39, he became an accomplished orchestra conductor, band leader, and a successful composer of popular songs, marches, and dance music. He was a key figure in the evolution of orchestral ragtime into jazz. Some of Europe’s works are still performed today by ragtime pianists and military bands. Following a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 1914, the New York “Evening Post” described Europe as “one of the most remarkable of men, not only of his race, but in the music world of this country.”

James Reese Europe was an effective champion of African-American musicians and performers in all idioms, and helped to gain acceptance for them in the USA and abroad. This collection of sheet music, “The Music of James Reese Europe“, is important because the works within it show Europe’s skill, imagination and versatility in his composing. It is a valuable resource for early pop, ragtime and dance music. For more information about this or other collections of music, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Folk/Pop Music for Ukulele 10 April, 2014

Folk *  Pop Songs for Ukulele”  is a collection of twenty-five folk/rock  songs from mostly the 60′s and 70′s.  Each song has the words, melody and ukulele chords included.  Each song is a classic!  Titles include “Puff the Magic Dragon” (Peter, Paul and Mary),  “Blackbird”  (The Beatles),  “The Unicorn” (Irish Rovers), “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”  (Gale Garnett),  and  “The M. T. A.” (The Kingston Trio).  This collection of sheet music is great for a singalong or a jam session.  For more information about this collection or others you may be interested in, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Decade Series: Songs of the 20′s 09 April, 2014

Songs of the 20′s” is the next collection of popular sheet music in The  Decade  Series.  More hit songs were coming from the Broadway musicals;  “ Ol’ Man River” from Showboat  and   “You’re the Cream in My Coffee”  from Follow Thru are two examples.  Vaudeville was still big.  “Paddelin’ Madeline Home” and “Let a Smile be Your Umbrella” came from vaudeville.  It was The Jazz Age , and there were the songs   “Ain’t Misbehavin’  ”  and ” ‘Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” and other songs like them.  Dance bands were big.  They played Ted Lewis‘ “Me and My  Shadow”, Isham Jones’ “Star Dust”, and more songs like those.  This collection includes over fifty popular songs from the 1920′s.  At the beginning of the book there is a summary and a pictorial review of the events and special people of the 20′s.   For more information about this collection or other music from the 1920′s call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Top 40 Hits for Concert Band 08 April, 2014

Students always want to play something familiar and fun on the spring concert, and it’s nice to reward them for their hard work during the school year.  It also helps with enthusiasm and retention, and besides, most of us start playing music because of our exposure to and interest in pop music.  There are several solid new arrangements of Top 40 hits at the grade 3 level from some of today’s most popular artists including Lady Gaga, fun., Coldplay, and hit maker Bruno Mars that your students will love.

Applause – Lady Gaga
arr. Michael Brown
Grade 3
Lady Gaga has struck gold again with this driving and catchy blockbuster hit. This up-tempo rock arrangement is characterized by a syncopated and rhythmic pulse and tuneful melody.

Atlas – Coldplay
(from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
arr. Michael Brown
Grade 3
Recorded by Coldplay, this beautiful and emotive ballad from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire notably marks the first time that the band has ever written and recorded an original song specifically for a motion picture.

Carry On – fun.
arr. Jerry Davis
Grade 3
A fun and infectious way to introduce your students to 12/8 meter, this uplifting, mid-tempo anthem, recorded by indie band fun., encourages you to push through and, indeed, carry on.

Treasure – Bruno Mars
arr. Victor Lopez
Grade 3
Bruno Mars’ latest upbeat Top 10 hit is incredibly playable and arranged with a contemporary disco soul beat.  Your band will dig the groove and zesty Latin ornaments.

“Joy of Singing” and “John Jacobson Workshop” 2014! 07 April, 2014

logo JJWStanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to invite you to our 2013 “John Jacobson Workshop” on July 31st and “Joy of Singing” on August 1st – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

John Jacobson Workshop
Thursday 7/31/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $60.00 teacher/$40.00 student, Both fees include lunch

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Friday 8/1/2014, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50.00 (includes lunch)

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Choral Collections for Church Choirs 04 April, 2014

church_choirIf you’re facing the challenge of a smaller choir and trying to make the most of your church’s music budget, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you explore some of these exciting new choral collections:

In Christ Alone (Acoustic Praise for the Growing Choir)
The increasing treasury of modern hymns and sacred songs by Keith and Kristyn Getty and collaborator Stuart Townend are explored in this new resource designed for choirs of any level. Many of this writing team’s biggest successes are included, all lovingly adapted by some of our most gifted arrangers. Music for the entire church year is contained in this collection. Transcending stylistic boundaries, this music and message are home in both contemporary-styled worship venues and traditional programs. Creative instrumental adornments offer additional options for performance while sensitive arranging make this compilation accessible to choirs of any size.

10 More Anthems for About 10 Singers
Continuing the acclaimed series of choral collections for smaller choirs, this invaluable and economical compilation is a perfect solution no matter how few in number or vocally unbalanced your faithful choir may be.  More collections in this series include 10 Anthems for About 10 Singers, 12 Anthems for About 12 Singers, 12 Carols for About 12 Singers, 8 Anthems for About 12 Singers, Raise the Praise for About 10 Singers, and 10½ Anthems for About 10 Singers.

Women in Song IV
Here is the 4th volume in Hope Publishing’s successful series of settings for women’s choirs. Included are ten top-sellers composed and arranged by Lloyd Larson for SSA voices. A CD of Orchestral Accompaniment tracks is available for rehearsal and performance.  Check out Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 as well!

For more valuable suggestions for your church choir, please contact us!

The Decade Series, Songs of the 1910′s 03 April, 2014

The time from 1910 to 1919 was a time of upheaval and change.  Of course the conflict and change were reflected in the songs of the time.    Ragtime was sweeping the country. Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911) was a great success.  The changes had some people longing for the less complicated past, and there were popular ballads reflecting that sentiment; “I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)” (1911);  “My Melancholy Baby” (1912), and others.  The music industry was growing fast, and most of it was located along New York City’s 28th Street.  In 1903, a journalist coined the term “Tin Pan Alley” for that area , a term still used today.  NYC’s Broadway District, not far from Tin Pan Alley, was changing.  Vaudeville was at its height, revues began to be produced, and the “extravaganza” became popular.  The Broadway Musical was developing.  There was war in Europe, and the USA became involved in 1917.  “Over There” and “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight” are two of the songs written during that wartime.  By 1920, the carefree innocence of the 1910′s was over.  A rich legacy of song was left, and this collection of sheet music from the 1910′s contains over fifty songs from that time.  For more collections of this type or other decades, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Top 40 Hits for Young Band 02 April, 2014

One Direction

Spring concerts usually feature lighter concert pieces, music from movies and shows, and students always want to play something they know from the radio.  Teachers often like to reward students for working on the year’s concert music, and it also helps with enthusiasm and retention, so there is nothing wrong with choosing 1 or 2 Top 40 titles for your program.  At the grade 1-2 difficulty level there are new arrangements of hits from One Direction, Anna Kendrick from the movie Pitch Perfect, Pink, fun., and the ever popular (and really solid), Katy Perry.

Best Song Ever  – One Direction
arr. Michael Story
Belwin Beginning Band – Grade 1
This catchy hit from popular band One Direction features an upbeat rock groove, and is written for students in their first or second year of band.

Cups (When I’m Gone) – Anna Kendrick
arr. Johnnie Vinson
Discovery Plus – Grade 2
The critically acclaimed movie Pitch Perfect about a college a capella group featured this upbeat hit recorded by Anna Kendrick. The clever “cups” routine performed with a cup and table tapping has inspired numerous versions on social media. This arrangement for young players allows you to feature the percussion section, or be adventurous and have someone actually doing the “cups” routine out in front of the band!

Just Give Me a Reason – Pink
arr. Patrick Roszell
Belwin Young Band – Grade 2
The mega pop hit by Pink and Nate Ruess, lead singer of fun., comes to your developing concert band with every section getting a chance to shine on the melody.

Roar – Katy Perry
arr. Michael Story
Belwin Young Band – Grade 2
This mid-tempo “power-pop” chart is the first single released on Katy Perry’s 2013 studio album, Prism, and is set in a pop-rock style. Acclaimed as her most successful single to date, even beyond her chart-topping single “Firework,” the uplifting lyrics are certain to bring that same high energy to your developing band performance.

Roar – Katy Perry
arr. Michael Brown
Discovery Plus – Grade 2
With a moderate yet powerful rock pulse and signature strong melodies, this Katy Perry hit adapts easily to a setting for young bands.

Some Nights – fun.
arr. Patrick Roszell
Belwin Beginning Band – Grade 1
The infectious title track by fun. features basic, teachable syncopations, and is sure to be a hit with your students!

No Foolin’! 365 songs for ukulele! 01 April, 2014

This book of sheet music for ukulele contains 365 songs, one for each day of the year.  There is a chord chart at the front of the book, instructions on how to tune, strumming, and how to finger the chords.  The songs include the chord grids for all the chords used in that song.  You can play country songs (“Hey, Good Lookin’” by Hank Williams),  Beatles songs, (“Hey, Jude”), Broadway songs, (“Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady), and folk songs, ( “Hush, Little Baby”).  Heck, if you really like some songs, you can play them more than once a year!  “The Daily Ukulele” book provides a bit of fun for every day.  For more information about this song book or similar books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at Shop Stanton’s  for all your sheet music needs.