News & Views Friday, April 25, 2014

Category: Popular Music

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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at www.stantons.com. 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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  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.

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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. 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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s  for all your sheet music needs.

Sondheim for Singers, Just Released! 19 March, 2014

For a long time, Stephen Sondheim songbooks have been difficult to get.  Finally, the new series of Sondheim songbooks are off the press!  Sondheim for Singers is a set of song collections arranged by voice range.  The songs are usually in original keys as used in the shows or films.  These collections of Sondheim works cover the time period from 1954 to the present.  Synopses of the different shows are included.  There is one book each of these voice ranges: SopranoBelter/Mezzo Soprano, TenorBaritone/Bass, and Duets.  Now we have access to Sondheim’s wonderful songs  again. The duet collection is particularly nice, including “Agony” from Into the Woods,  “Rain on the Roof” from Follies, “Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd, plus 26 more.  For more information about these or other Broadway collections, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Best Blues Songs Ever 19 February, 2014

It’s not easy to find blues songs.  This book, however, “The Best Blues Songs Ever“, is full of over 70 blues songs that aren’t easy to find otherwise.  It includes “At Last“,  “Stormy Weather“, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out“,  “Ain’t No Sunshine“, “Cow Cow Blues“, and plenty more.  Check out this collection of blues sheet music! A vocalist can sing along with the pianist, or with a guitarist-the chords are printed above the staff.  The melody is carried in the right hand of the piano part, so this collection can be used for piano solo.  For more information about this sheet music collection,  or other categories of sheet music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Hurrah for Saint Patrick’s Day! 18 February, 2014

Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day, the day when we are all Irish!  There are two books of Irish sheet music in particular that are perfect  for Saint Patrick’s Day.  One is “The Great Irish Songbook“, arranged and edited by Dan Fox.  There are 49 songs, reels, and jigs included.  There are songs from old Ireland,(“The Foggy Dew”),   American Irish songs, (“Paddy Works on the Railway”),  and songs from stage and screen that were sung by those of Irish extraction, (“Mary’s a Grand Old Name.”) The second is a book of songs from old Ireland called “The Irish Songbook“, including 75 songs  in all collected and sung by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.  Here is a treasure trove of songs straight from the island of Ireland.  There are drinking songs,(“Johnny is a Roving Blade”), comedy songs, (“The Black Cavalry”), protest songs, (“The Lowlands of Holland”),  funny political songs, (“Mr. Moses Ri-Tooral-i-ay), and anti war songs, (“My Son Ted”).   Brush up on songs you’ve known before, and learn a few new ones for the special occasion!  For more information about these songbooks or other Irish music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

David Lanz, New Age Pianist and Composer 14 February, 2014

David Lanz, of Seattle, Washington, started playing piano gigs in the 1960′s  when he was a teenager.   He began playing his own compositions when he was playing in the night clubs, and his pieces were well received.  Beginning in the 1980′s, he began composing what is regarded as “New Age” music, and he has released albums on a regular basis since then. His most well known piece is “Cristofori’s Dream”, a tribute to the piano’s 17th century inventor,  Italian  Bartolommeo Cristofori.  Stanton’s carries some of David Lanz’ sheet music albums:  “Here Comes the Sun“, “Sacred Road“, and a mix of pieces from different albums, “Solos for New Age Piano“.  If you have wanted to play David Lanz compositions, we probably have what you want!  For this New Age music or other sheet music by other New Age composers, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

New in the Contemporary A Cappella Series 13 February, 2014

swingle2Contemporary a cappella music gets more and more popular every year!  Here are the newest releases in the Contemporary A Cappella series, from master arranger Deke Sharon:

As performed by NBC’s “The Sing Off” Season Two Winners Committed on their eponymous debut album, the uplifting Stevie Wonder classic As combines both rich close harmony and interwoven polyrhythmic counterpoint, making it an impressive showstopper for an advanced group. Vocal percussion optional.

The Beatles greatest modern folk song Blackbird is finally available for SSA groups, with the melody moving between vocal parts and interspersed elements of counterpoint and 3-part harmony.

As performed by Men of Note on The Sing Off Christmas album “Harmonies for the
Holidays,” The First Noel features a soothing tapestry of diatonic arpeggiations and melodic lines, giving the song a smooth contemporary a cappella feel that will sit comfortably alongside more traditional carols in your holiday program.

One of rock’s most iconic women’s songs (from Carole King’s “Tapestry”), this pulsing, rhythmic arrangement of I Feel the Earth Move incorporates elements of doo-wop and contemporary a cappella beneath a barn-burning solo. Vocal or other percussion optional.

In the tradition of the Singers Unlimited, Real Group and Take 6, this dense 6-part arrangement of the George Shearing classic Lullaby of Birdland is a perfect showcase for an experienced vocal jazz ensemble. Starts as a lullaby, then shifts into a deep jazz swing.

Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s anthem to living on the road, Travelin’ Band is a ripping and
rocking 4-part male arrangement in the collegiate a cappella style, without a solo line (melody in different vocal parts for different verses). A perfect high energy show opener, closer or encore for your male group.

John Mayer’s groovy, soulful anthem Waiting on the World to Change is arranged in full, 5-part a cappella harmony with solo (duet on the choruses). The light reggae groove is woven among pop harmonies above a playful bass line. Vocal percussion optional.

And if you’re interested in arranging songs yourself for your a cappella group, check out “A Cappella Arranging” by Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell. This book is the long-awaited definitive work on the subject. The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun!

Check out the Stanton’s Sheet Music website for more titles in the Contemporary A Cappella series, and contact us for further repertoire suggestions!

John Williams, composer 06 February, 2014

John Williams is one of the most prolific writers for film in the U.S.A. In a period of time over 60 years,  he has written for E.T., Home Alone,  the Star Wars  films, Jurassic Park, Superman the Movie, three of the Harry Potter films, Schindler’s List, Jaws, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to name a few.  This collection of sheet music, “John Williams, Greatest Hits from 1969-1999“,  includes twenty-eight pieces written by Williams for the movies, beginning with “The Reivers” Main Theme from 1969.  February 8th is John Williams’ birthday. Happy Birthday, John Williams!  For more information about this collection of movie sheet music or other things you may be interested in, 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!

Pop Music for Spring 2014 for Men’s & Women’s Choirs 29 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for women’s and men’s choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, an inspirational ballad or a fun novelty number, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

Now available for choral groups, here is MTV’s Song of the Year for 2012! Call Me Maybe by singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen is infectious, upbeat and fun.

The gospel-style showstopper Here’s Where I Stand from the movie musical “Camp” builds from a soulful opening to a powerful final chorus. Featuring a strong soloist and a self-affirming message, this arrangement would be stirring as a concert or graduation finale.

The Rodgers and Hart classic My Romance is arranged by Greg Jasperse with a rolling rhythmic feel, creating a contemporary sound for this timeless song. Easy jazz harmonies infuse the vocal lines and the ballad performs well with either piano alone or the full rhythm accompaniment.

First introduced in the Broadway musical “Lady Be Good,” the Gershwin hit Fascinating Rhythm has been covered by Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, The Four Tops, and many more. Mark Hayes’ exciting arrangement effectively includes everything from Latin rhythm to swing!

It Only Takes a Moment is a beautiful song from “Hello Dolly!,” and this lush a cappella ballad setting truly does it justice.  With heartfelt lyrics, rubato phrases, and rich choral harmonies, this will be a wonderful feature for jazz, pop and concert choirs.

From Michael Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad” and featured on almost all of his concert tours, the funk-inspired hit The Way You Make Me Feel will make a great feature for guys’ groups with its steady shuffle and R&B style vocals.

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Be My Valentine 27 January, 2014

Are you playing or singing for a Valentine’s Day party?  This “budgetbook” is just the thing!  There are seventy-four songs in “Love Songs” from Hal Leonard.  In many cases, the melody is in the right hand, so this collection of sheet music can be played for piano solo or to accompany a singer.  There is enough material in this book to keep you going all week long!  For more information about this collection or more collections or sheets of love songs, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Pop Music for Spring 2014 for Middle School Choirs 21 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for middle school choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, an exciting choreography feature or a classic jazz standard, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

Released as the lead single from Katy Perry’s “Prism,” Roar quickly became Katy’s eighth number one Billboard hit.  It’s a super-charged anthem of empowerment, perfect for any group!

Love Will Keep Us Together was one of the top hits of the 1970s for The Captain & Tennille.  The triadic harmonies and pop groove make this tune absolutely adorable and perfect for younger choirs!

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe is one of the great, swingin’ “train songs” of the 1940s.  Jay Althouse’s arrangement features a tight, rhythmic “chug-a, chug-a, oo-woo” section straight from the lyricist Johnny Mercer’s own hit recording with The Pied Pipers.

Was it red? No no no. Was it brown? No no no. The famous Ella Fitzgerald rendition of the classic nursery song A-Tisket A-Tasket is a sassy, jazzy twist on the familiar lyrics. A great Discovery Series choice for developing jazz style in your younger choirs!

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2014, or contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Pop Music for Spring 2014 for High School Choirs 06 January, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you make your students the stars this spring with some of these great popular music choices for high school mixed choirs.  Whether you’re looking for current pop, a Broadway showstopper or an inspirational ballad, we’ll help you find the perfect choice for your ensemble!

The lovely duet Something to Believe In is one of the new songs in the Broadway musical “Newsies,” transformed here into a beautiful choral piece that speaks movingly about finding the courage to seek your dreams. It’s wonderful for graduation or any other concert program!

Who can forget the infectious Doobie Brothers classic Long Train Runnin’, which hit the Billboard Top Ten in 1973? From the familiar opening guitar lick to the final chord, this arrangement really cooks!

With a strong showing on the Hot 100, Rock and AC charts, as well as a high profile cover of the song by the “Glee” cast, It’s Time by Imagine Dragons crosses generations and genres with its unique mandolin sound that builds into an irresistible chorus.

A cappella choral textures perfectly communicate the touching lyric and classic melody of the beloved ballad Somewhere Out There in a setting that is accessible, yet musically satisfying! Opening with a lyric solo line accompanied by the ensemble, the melody then passes between the soprano and tenor before modulating, and moving steadily forward to the expressive final chords.

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Getting Over the Winter Blues 03 January, 2014

It’s cold outside, the holidays are over, and nobody wants to be in school!  Here are some great jump starters that will make your students look forward to coming to music class even on the most dismal winter days!

Jammin’ in the Jungle by Denise Hollingworth and Carole Searle

       Come on a musical safari into a magical jungle where you can drum with the monkeys, sing with the lions, and shake like a rattlesnake! Educationally based, this fun-filled collection of songs is jam-packed with practical ideas for enhancing children’s musical development through singing, movement, playing percussion instruments, and other hands-on activities!  Jammin’ in the Jungle is a fantastic resource for both classroom and home use and is suited to children aged 4-8 years. Come along and join in the fun of making music!

Jazz Mosaic by Louise Rogers and Susan Milligan

Jazz Mosaic brings the joy of jazz music into your classroom every day through a variety of age-appropriate, play-centered lessons that can be easily integrated into your existing curriculum. Students will learn about jazz greats, styles, and history through activities and cross-curricular connections that are creative and engaging.  Easy to teach, the music lessons are appropriate for children in pre-school through third grade. The accompanying CD contains example s and vocals for echoing, learning and fun!  Jazz Mosaic provides a broad range of enjoyable and educational activities from which to choose for both classroom and music teachers.  Your students will discover the exciting world of jazz music and will be beboppin’ and scatting with the cool cats in no time with Jazz Mosaic!

Play Along With the Band by Janet Day and Tom Anderson

          Build your own classroom band with ten play-along jammin’ music styles! From country, bluegrass, jazz and blues to reggae, rock, surf and more, there is something for everyone! A variety of reproducible instrument parts are included for recorder, mallet instruments, unpitched percussion and body percussion, so everyone can join in. This flexible series, with suggestions for lower and upper grades, teaches rhythm reading, music notation reading, steady beat, teamwork and ensemble playing. The enclosed CD offers audio-style tracks, with and without the classroom instrument parts for instruction and performance options. This enhanced CD also offers PDFs of the classroom instrument parts to project or print, and a full teacher score to keep the band together!