News & Views Friday, December 19, 2014

Category: Marching Band

Live from The Midwest Clinic – Day 2 19 December, 2014

exhibit hall entranceby Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Day 2 of the 2014 Midwest Clinic has come and gone, and it was quite an active day. The Stanton’s booth was busy, especially around mid-day with plenty of educators and students loading up on method books, solo and ensemble repertoire, and new concert pieces. One of my favorite aspects of working our booth is meeting directors that we don’t know, passing along our new band music promotions, and explaining our selection process.

Visitors to the Stanton’s booth included our good friend James Swearingen, FJH orchestra composer Lauren Bernofsky, and Hal Leonard arranger Johnnie Vinson. In addition, I had an engaging and enthusiastic conversation with Alfred composers Chris Bernotas and Vince Gassi. Band Education Specialist Kent White attended the session on Scale & Rhythm Chunks by Ohio’s own Richard Canter. It was standing room only with over 500 people attending his session, and we have all but sold out of the copies we had at the booth!

One of the other unique elements of The Midwest Clinic is the number of composers and arrangers on-hand. As mentioned above, I spent quite a bit of time today speaking with Chris Bernotas and Vince Gassi, as well as Randall Standridge, Grand Mesa president Walter Cummings, and FJH composers Travis Weller and Brian Balmages.

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The “Barnhouse Party Bus,” on the way to dinner

maggianoAgain our day was capped off witbarney awardh a fantastic meal, this time at Maggiano’s Little Italy courtesy of C.L. Barnhouse. It’s in a great historic building that probably dates to the 20’s. To our surprise Stanton’s along with RBC Music of Texas were honored with the presentation of the “Barney” Award in recognition of our long relationship in selling and promoting Barnhouse titles. A much appreciated and heartfelt presentation was given by James Swearingen. I also got to hear a number of fantastic (and hilarious) stories about Chuck Barnhouse since I was seated between Barnhouse president Andy Clark and Ed Peterson of Omega Recordings, the company that records the Washington Winds.

That’s all for today from The Windy City (or Gotham if you’re a fan of the Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy).

About the Author
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. He is thrilled to have had gelato and fantastic cheesecake for dessert over the past two nights! Seriously, Cheesecake Factory – meh.


Live from The Midwest Clinic – Day 1 18 December, 2014

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Ryan Nowlin & Stanton’s band guru Kent White

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Ryan Nowlin & Stanton’s band guru Kent White

20141217_095909by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Sweet Home Chicago

Greetings from the exhibit hall at the 2014 Midwest Clinic! After a full day of set up on Tuesday (check out our time lapse video here), I am excited to share Stanton’s Midwest debut.

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Ryan Nowlin & Stanton’s band guru Kent White

While exhibit hall traffic was light on our first day, things began to pick up after 1:00 pm as more band and orchestra directors, students and parents began to arrive. As always, it is fun to see some of our Ohio and Kentucky friends and educators at national (and international) conferences. Band directors from Westerville, New Bremen, Lexington (OH), and Louisville, KY were among some of the familiar faces on the first day, along with Ohio State, Capital, and Baldwin Wallace having booths here as well. In addition, we were thrilled to be visited by composer and Columbus native Roger Cichy, educator and 2014 Capital Reading Clinic guest Paula Crider, and Ohio native and staff arranger for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Ryan Nowlin. Stay tuned for a Q&A post with First Lieutenant Nowlin in the near future!

Of course, professional conferences are about making new friends and bringing sheet music to the masses, but they are also great opportunities to speak with our publisher representatives (and sometimes CEOs!) face-to-face about new music, textbooks, and other products, talk about specific ways to improve service, and catch some music industry scoop.

The day was capped off with excellent food. The Stanton’s staff is happy to recommend RBC Steakhouse, and Café Bionda where I had fantastic southern Italian cuisine (and gelato!).

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for our Day 2 recap tomorrow!

About the Author
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. He is excited to introduce his son to some favorite Christmas specials this year including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. Vintage!


The Stanton’s Difference: For New Teachers 30 June, 2014

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  Over the next few weeks, we want to take the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

The staff at Stanton’s understands the stresses and pressures of the first year of teaching.  Getting to know your building or district, discipline, lesson plans, common core, evaluations, booster groups, budgets/purchasing, scheduling….oh, yeah, and actually teaching!  We’d like to make your life just a little bit easier, and here’s what we can do to help:

Money Matters-Requisitions, purchase orders, board accounts, booster accounts; it can all seem “Greek to you” if you’re not familiar with school purchasing.  Visit or call us as soon as you are hired to determine what kind of account(s) your school has and what you have to do to get music.  Don’t be shy, ask lots of questions now!

We’re Happy To Meet You-Come on down and visit us in person.  Introduce yourself to the staff, let us know what and where you’re teaching.  We can give you a short tour of the store and let you know what kinds of products we have that fit your needs.  We’ll also be happy to send you home with any current promotional materials or a 21 Day Trial so you can choose literature at your leisure.

So Much Music, So Little Time-The tens of thousands titles that we have in stock can be a bit overwhelming for anyone.  The music educators on our staff can steer you in the right direction, offering suggestions for all types of classes and ensembles at all levels. We spend hundreds of hours each year reviewing new publications, so we show you only the best of what’s out there.

E-Tools-Stanton’s website has several different e-tools to assist you in choosing, purchasing and teaching your music.  There’s our Virtual Workshops, Jukebox, Listening Library, Digital Delivery and, of course, there’s an app for us too-we’re on The App Store and Google Plus.

For more details, questions or to introduce yourself, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

Previous posts in this series:  10% Educational Discount; Knowledgeable Staff; 21 Day Trial

The Stanton’s Difference: Knowledgeable Staff 16 June, 2014

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  Over the next few weeks, we want to take the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Every teacher has experienced the frustration of trying to explain something musical to a non-musician.  Rest assured, that will never happen when you call Stanton’s!  All of our sales staff are college graduates with music degrees, many of whom have years of teaching experience in the classroom and/or private studio.

Want to know what key a piece is in?  The range of a trumpet part?  How difficult a piano solo is?  We will be happy to pull in-stock products for you or research to find an answer.

Our staff also spends hundreds of hours each year listening to all the new releases from countless different publishers.  We select the best of each catalog to become Stanton’s “Top Choices.”  Different from publishers interested in promoting certain products or composers, we make our selections with YOU in mind.  Our staff chooses quality literature to help you make the most of your teaching time and your budget dollars.

Like you, we enjoy flexing our “musical muscles.”  If you have a tricky question, call or email us with your specific needs.  Because we see so many products each year, we are able to suggest resources for almost any teacher, no matter how unusual the request.

To talk with one of the friendly members of our staff, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

Previous posts in this series:  10% Educational Discount

The Stanton’s Difference: 10% Educational Discount 09 June, 2014

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  Over the next few weeks, we want to take the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Did you know that Stanton’s offers a 10% discount on most printed sheet music products to teachers, church musicians and college music majors?  You can use your discount when shopping online, over the phone, or in the store.  Your discount is automatically applied when you use your church or school account ( We’ll tell you more about accounts in a few weeks,) or just mention that you are a teacher when you call to place an order!

10% doesn’t sound like very much?  Think of it this way:  For choral directors, it’s the same as buying 9 copies of an octavo and getting the 10th copy FREE! Or let’s say that you’re an instrumental teacher with 3 groups.  If you buy 3 pieces for each group over the course of the year, that “fun” pop number for the spring concert is like a freebie!  And who doesn’t love FREE?

For more information about the educational discount, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

 

Need To Organize Your Music Library? 22 May, 2014

disorganizedIs your music library a mess? Are your arrangements getting tattered, torn, dog-eared, etc.? Let Stanton’s Sheet Music help you get your music library organized with File Finder music file boxes and Musi-Dex Filing System filing envelopes.

 

       
Concert Size                9 1/2″ x 12 5/8”
Available in 5/8” (#60-1), 1” (#60-2), and 1 1/2″ (#60-3) depths.

Marching Band            5 3/4″ x 7 1/4″
Available in 1” (#40-2) and 1 1/2″ (#40-3) depths.

Octavo Size                 8 1/2″ x 11″
Available in 1″ (#80-1), 2″ (#80-2), and 3″ (80-3) depths.

 

 

Musi-Dex Filing System Envelopes                .35 each
Concert Size (F11)       11” x 14 1/2″               03770989
Marching Band (F9)     6 1/2” x 9”                    03771063
Octavo Size (F12)        9″ x 12 1/4″                 03770990

Salute Our Armed Services This Memorial Day 09 May, 2014

buglar-tapsMemorial Day is just around the corner, and the band staff at Stanton’s Sheet Music is honored to help you pay tribute to our service men and women. Alfred’s Service Songs Set 1 and Set 2 are perfect for recognizing 4 of the 5 branches of our armed forces*. If you haven’t already added a copy to your library, Patriotic Parade Sequence from Hal Leonard is perfect for any patriotic parade or civic event. It features 3 familiar patriotic standards separated by drum cadences allowing you to program them individually or rotate them throughout a parade route. Lastly, Mike Story’s A Star-Spangled March adds a bit of patriotic show and flair by arranging the Star-Spangled Banner into a cut-time march.

For other all-American marching band titles, visit the Parade/Marches link on our marching band page, or browse the Patriotic Show Ideas category under the Show Planning area.

Patriotic Parade Sequence
arr. Paul Lavender/Will Rapp
Grade 2                        $45.00
Includes three patriotic favorites (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee; America, the Beautiful; Battle Hymn of the Republic) with easy drum cadences in between.

Service Songs Set 1
arr. Jerry Burns
Grade 2                        $40.00
Includes Anchors Aweigh (Navy) and The Caissons Go Rolling Along (Army).


Service Songs Set 2
arr. Jerry Burns
Grade 2                        $45.00
Includes the Marine’s Hymn and U.S. Air Force Song.


A Star-Spangled March
arr. Mike Story
Grade 2                        $45.00
Perfect for any patriotic parade, Mike Story has taken the “Star-Spangled Banner” and arranged it in a cut-time march style.

 

*We love the U.S. Coast Guard, unfortunately there are no marching band arrangements of Semper Paratus available at this time.

Preview the 2014 Marching Band Titles at Stantons.com! 05 May, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music is your source for all of the New 2014 Marching Band titles! Click on each publisher below to hear and preview their complete list of new titles, and visit our marching band page for great show planning ideas for the upcoming marching season. While you’re there, be sure to check out our new Marching Band Resources and Music Library Organization categories.

We look forward to helping you get the 2014 marching band season started on the right foot!


alfredMBAlfred Publishing 2014

Including:
Best Song Ever – One Direction
Carry On – fun.
Man of Steel Complete Show
Timber – Pitbull & Kesha
Treasure – Bruno Mars

 


arrangersMBArrangers’ Publishing 2014

Including:
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark – Fall Out Boy
On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
Pompeii – Bastille


halleonardMBHal Leonard 2014

Including:
Applause – Lady Gaga
Happy – Pharrell
Let It Go (from Frozen) – Idina Menzel
Roar – Katy Perry
Treasure – Bruno Mars

jalenMBJalen/Matrix Publishing 2014

Including:
Attitude Dance – Tower of Power
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Poison – Bel Biv DeVoe
Welcome To the Jungle  – Guns ‘n Roses

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