News & Views Saturday, April 19, 2014

Category: Marching Band

Christmas Parade Suggestions 07 November, 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

Across the Field! 05 October, 2013

Across the Field” is Ohio State University’s football fight song.  It was composed by William Doughtery, a student at OSU, in 1915.  The words to “Carmen Ohio” were  written by Fred Cornell, a cheerleader at OSU, in 1902.  The tune is a hymn tune called “Madrid”. “Come Christians, Join to Sing” is the hymn most often sung to that tune.  Both tunes are in the condensed score for “College Songs for School Bands“, (catalog #03750096) from Hal Leonard.   The condensed score can be used for piano. Words are not included.  Songs from other colleges are included in this book of sheet music. too.   For more information about this collection of college fight songs, or other collections of sheet music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com .  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

New Music for Homecoming 16 September, 2013

Are you tired of using the same old arrangements from your library for homecoming?  Are you running short on options because so many arrangements are missing parts?  If so, 2013 is a perfect year to get some fresh, new titles!  Our band staff is excited to share this mix of ballads and fun pop tunes that are a perfect fit for your homecoming show and ceremony.  Since it’s feast or famine from year to year for new homecoming options, why not add a couple of these titles to your library for future use?

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen      
arr. Michael Brown
With a catchy melody and irresistible upbeat feel, Carly Rae Jepsen’s megahit has instant appeal, and is fun for your students and audience alike!

Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen       
arr. Paul Murtha & Will Rapp
Recorded by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, this catchy pop hit is perfect for the stands and a great way to start a halftime show.

Home – Phillip Phillips              
arr. Michael Brown
Recorded by Phillip Phillips, this inspirational tune is heard in films and television and is the perfect title for your Homecoming show.

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson                       
arr. Dave Henning
Make everyone feel good with this upbeat Michael Jackson hit in triple feel.

Your Song – Elton John            
arr. Tom Wallace
Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s beautiful ballad is a unique programming choice that is just right for homecoming.  Tom Wallace’s arrangement produces a positive uplift with gentle melodies building to an emotional peak before fading away to end as quietly as it began.

When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge   
arr. Tim Waters
A perfect change-of-pace ballad for marching band, what could be more ideal for a homecoming show than this solid arrangement of Percy Sledge’s tender R&B ballad?

Want more great homecoming ideas?  Check out the Homecoming category on our Marching Band page!

Still Need Some New Stands Cheers? 05 September, 2013

Are you still looking for some new stands cheers for football and basketball season?  The band staff at Stanton’s is happy to suggest these two relatively new collections that are in-stock and ready to ship!

Stadium Jams, Volume 8 – Michael Jackson
arr. Jay Bocook             $55.00
This latest addition to the Stadium Jams series features four HUGE hits by Michael JacksonThriller, Billie Jean, Beat It, and Bad.

30 Second Blasters
arr. Jay Dawson & Jim Reed     $60.00
Perfect for the stands, this collection features recent R&B hits in time-out length arrangements.  Includes:  Turn Me On (David Guetta), Super Bass (Nicki Minaj), Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (Beyonce) and More (Usher).

For more great stands collections, check out the Cheers/Fight Songs/Time Outs and Pep Band Books categories on our Marching Band webpage.

Top Pop Hits for Marching Band: Alfred 23 July, 2013

This is the final post in our series highlighting the top new pop hits by publisher for marching band for 2013!  These charts are some of today’s biggest pop hits.  They’re catchy, full of hooks, and your students are sure to love them!  If you haven’t picked up at least one of these titles, what are you waiting for?  Don’t miss out!!

Our final group showcases arrangements of new pop hits from Alfred Publishing.  They include hits from some of the hottest current pop artists including Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Bruno Mars, and Ke$ha.  If you missed our earlier posts in this series, be sure to check out this year’s Top Pop Hits from Hal Leonard and Arrangers’ Publishing, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Die Young – Ke$ha
With its catchy beat and infectious groove, this hot tune by singer and songwriter Ke$ha was a big hit at the end of 2012.  Nick Baratta has created a fun arrangement full of great sounds.

Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
With their infectious mix of driving rock rhythms and great melodies, the Neon Trees are becoming one of today’s most popular bands. Here is their 2012 hit in a stellar arrangement that is sure to rock the stands!

Good Time – Owl City with Carly Rae Jepsen
Here is the infectious dance-pop hit from 2012 by Owl City with Carly Rae Jepsen in a solidly scored chart with lots of rhythmic drive, and every section gets a shot at the melody.  Sure to be a good time in the stands!

Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars had a huge #1 hit with this one, and now it is already on its way to being a hit for marching band 2013!

The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
This hard-driving rocker from the band Jimmy Eat World really shines in the capable hands of veteran arranger Doug Adams. Lots of unison writing and a short drum break make this a perfect tune for the stands and pep band!

Some Nights – fun.
The popular alternative rock band fun. had a big hit with this gospel-rock influenced song in 2012. Brian Scott’s powerful arrangement starts out big with lots of block scoring and builds up to a spectacular finish.

Top Pop Hits for Marching Band: Arrangers’ Publishing 17 July, 2013

Through next week, we’re highlighting the top new pop hits by publisher for marching band for 2013!  These charts are some of today’s biggest pop hits.  They’re catchy, full of hooks, and your students are sure to love them!  If you haven’t picked up at least one of these titles, what are you waiting for?  Don’t miss out!!

Our second batch features 5 fantastic numbers from Arrangers’ Publishing.  They feature some of the biggest, most driving arrangements available with artists ranging from will.i.am with Britney Spears, to Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, and fun..  If you missed it, check out this year’s Top Pop Hits from Hal Leonard, keep reading next week for the top pops from Alfred, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Beauty and a Beat – Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj
Performed by pop sensations, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj, the rhythmic energy and contrasting melodies of this hit song provide the right mix for a sensational Tom Wallace chart.

Feel This Moment – Pitbull with Christina Aguilera
Feel This Moment features an interpolated melody from the 80s hit Take On Me by the group A-ha.  This combination of rhythmic power and soaring lyrical melodies offers production variety easily coupled with music that translates naturally for marching bands.

Scream & Shout – will.i.am featuring Britney Spears
Having topped the charts in 18 countries worldwide, this upbeat, electro-pop mega-hit by will.i.am is perfectly titled to be performed in the stands… and you can rest assured that Tom Wallace’s arrangement lives up to the title!

Starships – Nicki Minaj
Tom Wallace captures the feel-good vibe of this mega-hit by Nicki Minaj.  Pulsating rhythmic sections coupled with one of the more popular hooks in recent memory make this a natural choice for the stands.

We Are Young – fun.
Topping the Billboard charts for six weeks, this is arguably the biggest hit of 2012.  This power ballad by the American group fun. combines indie pop and alternative rock to create a blend that pleases everybody from baby boomers to teenagers.  With deliberate beats and soaring melodies, this life-affirming anthem is a fist-pumping stadium rocker.

Top Pop Hits for Marching Band: Hal Leonard 09 July, 2013

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting the top new pop hits by publisher for marching band for 2013!  These charts are some of today’s biggest pop hits.  They’re catchy, full of hooks, and your students are sure to love them!  If you haven’t picked up at least one of these titles, what are you waiting for?  Don’t miss out!!

We start with 5 fantastic numbers from Hal Leonard.  They feature 2 energizing tunes from hit-maker Bruno Mars, the newest hit from fun., Adele’s fantastic theme to the latest James Bond film, and, what we consider to be a marching band sleeper hit from Taylor Swift in a great arrangement.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs, and stay tuned for Top Pop Hits from Arrangers’ Publishing and Alfred.

I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift continues to dominate the airwaves with her appealing style of country and rock.  Here is one of her biggest hits in a gritty, hard-hitting arrangement for marching band.

Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Locked Out of Heaven is an energetic and rhythmic tune from hit-maker Bruno Mars. The low brass are featured on the melody with syncopated answers by the entire band. The perfect style and tempo for dance routines, and just plain fun!

Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
Here’s the hot dance groove from Bruno Mars, made even more popular thanks to his stunning live performance at the Grammy Awards.  With its catchy melody and driving tempo, this one is perfect for dance groups or just energizing the crowd.

Skyfall – Adele
Adele continues her amazing string of hits with this distinctive and evocative theme for the James Bond movie, Skyfall.

Some Nights – fun.
Recorded by the group fun., this contemporary hit features a hard-hitting rock style, strong melodies, and a driving percussion pulse. Impressive in the stands or as a dance feature.

More Modern Rock Hits for Marching Band 01 July, 2013

If you’re looking for more modern rock arrangements as stands tunes or another marching band show planning option try these.  Featuring big-name bands of the past 2 decades, these tunes have solid hooks and riffs, but with a little more modern edge – quite a contrast to the popularity of 80’s & modern pop arrangements, and re-arrangements of the same old rock songs from the 60’s and 70’s.  For more great show planning ideas, keep reading our blog, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Basket Case – Green Day
This 1994 classic from the group Green Day makes an opener that your students will love.

Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Composed by Stevie Wonder, Jay Dawson’s arrangement is based on the version popularized in the 80′s by the Red hot Chili Peppers.  Aggressive stylization and propelling tempo make this arrangement solid opener or production number.  Scored for small bands with reduced instrumentation.

Howlin’ for You – The Black Keys
Recorded by The Black Keys, this tune is already established as a sports anthem, in addition to being heard in films and TV.  This distictive arrangement is sure to become a favorite for rockin’ the stands.

Unbelievable – EMF
Rock the stands with this catchy hit from EMF. Lots of block scoring and an infectious groove make this a must-have chart!

Modern Rock Hits for Marching Band 28 June, 2013

If you’re looking for another marching band show planning option or some great stands tunes, try some modern rock arrangements.  Featuring big-name bands of the past 2 decades, these tunes have solid hooks and riffs, but with a little more modern edge – quite a contrast to the popularity of 80’s & modern pop arrangements, and re-arrangements of the same old rock songs from the 60’s and 70’s.  For more great show planning ideas, keep reading our blog, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Creep – Radiohead
Creep, by the English alternative rock group Radiohead, gained worldwide attention when first released in 1993.  In recent years it has become relevant as an anti-bullying theme song.  Its reflective melody and tempo emote to make for a moving change of pace within the production of Jay Dawson’s redHOTradioCITY show. Scored for small bands with reduced instrumentation.

50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train
Recorded by Train, this hit is upbeat party rock with a little mariachi mixed in.  The melody is passed around to different sections for variety with a solid, hard-hitting chorus.

Gold on the Ceiling – The Black Keys
The Black Keys are storming the rock scene. This is one of their signature tunes in a driving rock shuffle style. With a very catchy riff and memorable chorus, it will quickly become a stands favorite.

The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
This hard-driving rocker from the band Jimmy Eat World really shines in the hands of veteran arranger Doug Adams.  Lots of unison writing and a short drum break make this a perfect tune for the stands and pep band!

80′s Rock Hits for Marching Band 24 June, 2013

It is only within the last couple of years that publishers have begun mining the wealth of pop and rock hits from the 1980s for marching band, and to great ends.  The 1980s had plenty of catchy pop hits whose characteristics have combined with modern dance beats and technology for many of today’s hits.  In addition, there were a lot of great bands including Journey and Bon Jovi, and huge solo artists like Michael Jackson. These tunes are also a perfect fit for this generation of parents who grew up in the 80s and 90s.  With the success of arrangements like The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats and A-ha’s Take On Me, it is only fitting that new titles be added to the growing 80s catalog for marching band.  Check these new charts out, and be sure to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
arr. Doug Adams
Inspire your team and fans with this timeless rock anthem from the group Journey. Doug Adams’ easy, effective arrangement contains an optional trumpet solo before building to a stirring finish.

Master of Puppets – Metallica
arr. Jay Bocook & Omar Cermenates
From Metallica’s classic 1984 album of the same name, this monster song has been hailed as one of the greatest heavy metal tunes of all time. Unmatched for excitement and energy, this driving arrangement is sure to draw attention!

Right Round – Flo Rida; Dead or Alive
arr. Ralph Ford
One of hip-hop artist Flo Rida’s biggest hits was this catchy offering based on Dead or Alive’s 80′s pop hit.

Rock You Like a Hurricane – The Scorpions
arr. Michael Brown & Will Rapp
This driving rock tune recorded by the Scorpions in 1984 has taken on a life of its own in American pop culture and sporting events. Frequently used in TV, films and video games, the song features the familiar chorus and a relentless rock groove.

Uncontrollable Urge – Devo
arr. Michael Brown
Recorded by Devo, this frantic punk rock hit is perfect for adding excitement and energy to any sporting event. The catchy riffs and solid scoring ensure instant success!

Marching Band At The Movies 19 June, 2013

If you or your band members are looking to perform a movie themed marching band show this year, there are a number of new arrangements to consider including the newest James Bond theme, Skyfall, Pixar Favorites, a complete How to Train Your Dragon show, and the theme from Marvel’s The Avengers.  For more fantastic movie themed ideas, check out the Movies category of the Show Planning section of our website, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Avengers
From the blockbuster hit movie, here is a solid and energized arrangement of the powerful main theme. This bold composition will inspire courage and makes a great show opener or closer.

Pixar Favorites
With music composed by Randy Newman and Michael Giacchino, Pixar’s fantastic movies have given us some of the best themes in modern film. This fast-paced mini medley includes familiar melodies from Cars; Toy Story; Monsters, Inc.; Ratatouille; Up; and A Bug’s Life.

Twilight Overture
Opening with the distinctive haunting melody, here is the beautiful introductory music to the hit film Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This very effective arrangement builds quickly to a dramatic peak and powerful finish.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me
Based on the hard-hitting big band version in Toy Story 2 as performed by Wheezy (voice of Robert Goulet), here is a swingin’ arrangement for the field or stands. Effectively paced throughout, Paul Murtha’s chart includes a brief trumpet solo and concludes with a dynamic shout chorus.

How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon, Part 1  (This is Berk)
How to Train Your Dragon, Part 2  (Dragon Battle/This is Berk)
How to Train Your Dragon, Part 3  (Test Drive/Coming Back Around)

James Bond
Die Another Day/Live & Let Die
For Your Eyes Only/Goldfinger
James Bond Theme
Skyfall

Complete Marching Band Shows 2013 12 June, 2013

While most band directors enjoy the creativity of planning marching band shows with specific themes, music styles, or by specific artists, and our marching band webpage and Listening Library are designed to help with this, publishers usually release 1-2 complete shows each year.  Aside from taking some of the thought out of mixing and matching tunes, and deciding what should be an opener, production number, closer, etc., these shows usually consist of program material that isn’t available any other way, are arranged with a program order in mind, and often include introductions, transitions, and reprises that just aren’t done in “stand-alone” arrangements, giving the show a musical beginning, middle, and ending.  There are three unique complete shows available this year, and each one is worth a listen!  Visit our marching band webpage and Listening Library for more show planning ideas, and shop Stanton’s for all your marching band sheet music needs.

How to Train Your Dragon
From Hal Leonard we have a complete show featuring John Powell’s popular score from DreamWorks Animation studio’s How to Train Your Dragon.  The concert band arrangements from this film have been particularly popular, and the film-score quality translates well to the marching band field for directors looking to balance a popular theme with a more “symphonic” sounding show.

How to Train Your Dragon, Part 1 (This is Berk)

How to Train Your Dragon, Part 2 (Dragon Battle/This is Berk)

How to Train Your Dragon, Part 3 (Test Drive/Coming Back Around)

redHOTradioCITY
Arrangers’ Publishing is offering a creative take on some alternative rock tunes from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and Owl City, hence the show title.  By taking one of the best tunes from each of these bands, creating show-style arrangements of them, and putting them in Arrangers’ Reduced Instrumentation series (fewer parts and range demands than typical Arrangers’ arrangements), Tom Wallace has produced one of the most creative complete shows in recent memory that is sure to hit home with your 30-something parents!

Higher Ground

Creep

Umbrella Beach

Sir Elton John
The other Arrangers’ Publishing complete show features 4 of the most well-known songs by Elton John focusing on his classic Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album.  The show opens with sound effects and the orchestral quality of Funeral for a Friend and Love Lies Bleeding, moves to the driving rock in a hard-hitting arrangement of Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting), and closes with the touching Your Song, which is a perfect Homecoming selection, as well.

Funeral for a Friend

Love Lies Bleeding

Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting)

Your Song

Rock the Stands with These Pop Hits! 06 June, 2013

2013 is a great year for pop marching band arrangements.  Thanks to the resurgence of strong choruses and the addition of infectious dance grooves to today’s pop hits, there are plenty of charts that will be a blast for your band, and be a hit with the stadium crowd.  From current pop song master Bruno Mars to hits by Adele, fun., and many more you can’t go wrong!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Beauty and a Beat – Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj, arr. Tom Wallace

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen, arr. Michael Brown

Die Young – Ke$ha, arr. Jay Bocook or Nick Barratta

Everybody Talks – The Neon Trees, arr. Mike Story

Feel This Moment – Pitbull & Christina Aguilera, arr. Tom Wallace

Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, arr. Doug Adams

Home – Phillip Phillips, arr. Michael Brown

I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift, arr. Tim Waters

Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars, arr. Paul Murtha/Will Rapp or Victor Lopez

Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars, arr. Paul Murtha

Scream & Shout – Will I. Am, arr. Tom Wallace

Skyfall – Adele, arr. Jay Bocook/Omar Carmenates

Some Nights – fun., arr. Michael Brown or Brian Scott

Starships – Nicki Minaj, arr. Tom Wallace

The Middle – Jimmy Eat World, arr. Doug Adams

We Are Young – fun., arr. Tom Wallace or Jerry Burns

Salute America: New Patriotic Titles for July 4th Parades 31 May, 2013

Although Memorial Day has come and gone, Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means 4th of July parades!  If you’re tired of the same old patriotic arrangements in your library, Stanton’s band staff is happy to present a number of unique, new arrangements that are perfect if you’re looking for something different for this 4th.  Shop Stanton’s for all your patriotic sheet music needs!

America: The Beautiful Stars & Stripes
arranged by Tim Waters
In this stunning treatment of two of America’s most beloved patriotic songs, the theme from Stars and Stripes ripples through the woodwinds as the brass plays the majestic theme of America en route to a dynamic finish.

Fanfare on Battle Hymn of the Republic
arranged by Tim Waters
Tim Waters’ eloquent and powerful treatment of the Battle Hymn of the Republic is a perfect selection for any halftime show or patriotic parade.

A Patriotic Salute
arranged by Ralph Ford
A Patriotic Salute combines five well-known American melodies into a stirring arrangement that is perfect for your next parade, community event, or patriotic halftime show.  Includes The Battle Cry of Freedom; Columbia, Gem of the Ocean; America, the Beautiful; The Stars and Stripes Forever; and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

A Sousa Spectacular
arranged by Dallas Burke
This parade medley by Dallas Burke features some of John Philip Sousa’s most beloved themes including El Capitan, The Fairest of the Fair, The Thunderer, and The Stars and Stripes Forever.  His playable arrangement is perfect for introducing Sousa’s music to younger groups.

Stars and Stripes 1812 Overture
arranged by Shane Porter & Jeff Grant
Two of the ultimate patriotic finales are combined in this high-energy chart by Shane Porter and Jeff Grant.  Features, of course, The Stars and Stripes Forever and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Three Patriotic Parades for Developing Bands
arranged by Allen Gray
Allen Gray’s set of patriotic tunes is designed especially for young band students marching in their first parade with the low brass in unison and limited range (trumpets never go above a D).  Choose your favorite, or roll off and alternate all three.  Includes Battle Hymn of the Republic; America, the Beautiful; and America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee).

Our band staff also recommends adding these practical, perennial patriotic favorites to your library:

God Bless America, Irving Berlin/arr. Jay Bocook
Patriotic Parade Sequence, arr. Paul Lavender & Will Rapp
Patriotic Spectacular, arr. Steve Barnett
A Star-Spangled March, arr. Mike Story
Stars and Stripes Forever, John Philip Sousa/arr. Mike Story

“The Educator’s Guide to Grants” 16 May, 2013

Would you like funding to update your music technology resources? Do you need uniforms or instruments for the marching band? Are you searching for funding for professional development or travel to study abroad? The Educator’s Guide to Grants is designed to help schools and non-profits find funding and create proposals to access funds successfully. Novices just learning to negotiate grant writing and more experienced writers seeking million-dollar awards will find insight and assistance with this guide. A CD-ROM included with the book features a screened list of hundreds of funding sources matched to each grant area.

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Preview New Music from Home! 27 February, 2013

As you begin looking planning you Spring concert program, remember that you can preview music from Stanton’s before you decide to buy! We know that it’s difficult to tell if a particular piece of music will fit your needs without actually reading it through, so similar to checking things out from a library, you can “borrow” resources from our store using the “21 Day Trial” program!

piano musicEach of Stanton’s departments has slightly different guidelines about what/how many items can be sent on “21 Day Trial,” but in general we can send printed sheet music that is currently in stock. You can request items for trial by phone, email, fax, online or in person—any of the ways that you can place a regular order—but make sure that you specify “21 Day Trial.” You can list the music you’d like to peruse, or you can give us some specifications (like “Patriotic easy piano solos,” “SSA choral music on the theme of friendship,” or “new publications for 8th grade jazz band”) and Stanton’s knowledgeable staff will find some suggestions for you!

We require account or credit card information so that if you choose to keep the music we can charge you accordingly, or return the music within 21 days of your invoice date and you’ll never be charged! (You’ll just have to pay return shipping to get the music back to us.)

Contact us now to request your trial, and then you won’t have to rush around once you’re done with Contest or back from Spring break!

OSU Fight Song! 16 August, 2012

“Across the Field” is OSU’s football fight song (Sometimes people call it “Fight the Team”.) It was composed by William Doughtery–a student–who wrote it as a pep song for a pep rally for the 1915 Illinois game.

The sheet for “Across the Field” was in print through Morris Music for many years, but has not been printed as a sheet for a long time. It is now available in print and included in a collection of college fight songs called “34 Hit Parade Extras, College Songs on Parade“. It is also in a book of college fight songs called “College Songs for School Bands” in condensed score form, so it can be played on the piano.

As a curiosity, an image of another Dougherty football song, from 1929, has been included. It was published by The Ohio State University Association. The song never caught on; it is not as melodic as “Across the Field”, and the words are not as appealing.

Who You Gonna Call? 09 August, 2012

We’re always talking about our knowledgeable staff—you’ll find that very phrase on much of our printed advertising, as well as on our website. Stanton’s sales staff is separated into departments to ensure that each staff member is well informed about a specific area of the wide variety of music that we carry. So when you call and ask about music for trumpet, you’ll be speaking with someone who has first-hand knowledge of repertoire, not just a phone operator with no musical experience. Here’s what you’ll find in each department:

CHORAL DEPARTMENT (ex. 1)
Choral Music for School & Church
Elementary General Music
Classical Solo Vocal
Handbell

phone musicBAND DEPARTMENT (ex. 2)
Concert Band
Marching Band
Jazz Ensemble
Orchestra
Solos for all concert instruments
Instrumental Method Books
Music Software/Technology

POP/KEYBOARD (ex. 3)
Sacred & Secular Piano
Organ
Piano Method Books
Popular/Broadway Solo Vocal
Contemporary Christian Vocal
Guitar Solos and Methods
Music for Folk Instruments

You can direct emails to the exact department you need by clicking the links above, or press the appropriate extension when you call 1-800-42-MUSIC. If you’re unsure of which department to choose, we’re always happy to direct you to whoever can best address your needs. At Stanton’s, it is important to us that you receive the most educated answers to your questions and the finest music recommendations.

Did you know?… 27 July, 2012

At Stanton’s Sheet Music, we vicariously help teach your students with you! It’s true…We look through hundreds of new titles every summer and choose the select few that we would use if we were teaching.  These are the titles we share with you in our promotions on-line and in the mail.

So if you are thinking:
“Why should I spend my time looking at Stanton’s promotions?”
It’s because:
• Stanton’s Staff has already spent hours looking at and listening to hundreds of new titles.
• They have picked pieces at all levels that they would use if they were teaching.
• Their aim is to make your life easier and to help you succeed.

And if you are thinking:
“Why is Stanton’s Staff qualified to make these recommendations?”
It’s because:
• Stanton’s Staff is made up of college-trained musicians.
• Some of them have taught in the public schools and many teach privately.
• They know what has proven to be successful for Stanton’s customers over the years.

And if you are thinking:
“Why did Stanton’s Staff pick these particular pieces to recommend to me?”
It’s because:
Stanton’s only selects pieces that they believe are
• The most educationally valid
• The best sounding
• The most highly programmable

So if you are thinking:
“I can’t go wrong with Stanton’s Choices!”
It’s because:
• You’re right!

New Stands Collections for Marching Band 24 July, 2012

So band camp is just around the corner, and your shows are already planned (wait…they are planned, right?  If not, check out our show planning categories for more ideas!), but what about some new stands tunes?  Short, time-out length tunes can be a challenge to come by – parts have been lost, tunes become dated, you and your band are bored…  If any of these scenarios sounds a little too familiar here are several new stands collections of current pop tunes released this year.

Hal Leonard has added two new volumes to the Stadium Jams series: Stadium Jams Volume 6 features both recently revived and current hits Final Countdown, Don’t Stop Believin’, All I Do is Win, and Party Rock Anthem; Stadium Jams Volume 7 is a pop divas collection including Bad Romance (Lady Gaga), Crazy in Love (Beyonce), Firework (Katy Perry), and We Found Love (Rihanna).

Arrangers’ Publishing has released30 -Second Blasters, a collection of four current pop hits: Turn Me On (David Guetta), Super Bass (Nicki Minaj), Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (Beyonce), and More (Usher).

Alfred’s newest addition to the Shorties series, Shorties #18, includes Don’t Stop Believin’, Dynamite, The Time Warp, and 25 or 6 to 4.

All of these arrangements are available via Stantons.com, and for more great stands ideas, check out the Cheers/Fight Songs/Time Outs category on our marching band webpage.