News & Views Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Stanton’s Difference: 10% Educator Discount 17 July, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights 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!

10-off-ebay-coupon-codeDid 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, 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 nine copies of an octavo and getting the 10th copy FREE! Or let’s say that you’re an instrumental teacher with three ensembles. If you buy three 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, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Excellence in Choral Literature 2019 15 July, 2019

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 26th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

Saturday 8/24/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, James E. Strouse Workshop Hall, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Heavenly Home” by Shawn Kirchner 12 July, 2019

leon-531992Composer Shawn Kirchner burst onto the scene with three early American songs from his collection “Heavenly Home.” Each of the three songs was first published separately, now available all together as they were originally intended in a real value package. Program as a set or individually.

Also available individually:
Unclouded Day (#1 from “Heavenly Home”)
This enduring gospel favorite is set with a straight-forward first verse and chorus. The next two verses combine traditional bluegrass vocal style with counterpoint and fugue, resulting in a crescendo of excitement. Also available TTBB.

Angel Band (#2 from “Heavenly Home”)
Simple, soaring descants, countermelodies, and rich harmonic textures provide a symphonic breadth to this arrangement that encompasses the full, four-octave range of the choral instrument.

Hallelujah (#3 from “Heavenly Home”)
This amazing work, premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, director, is a contrast of homophonic refrains against polyphonic verses. Beginning with the austere Sacred Harp tune HEAVENLY HOME, California composer Kirchner sets hallelujahs leaping and plunging and circling through the choir to thrilling results.

Winning Guitar Methods for Class Guitar 11 July, 2019

ÊHal Leonard’s Essential Elements For Guitar Book 1 is a great method for teaching class guitar. There are photos to show how to hold the guitar, easy songs for playing the melody, easy chords for beginners, basic rhythms and strums, folk songs, and rock songs. As students advance, there are several types of guitar ensembles to play from.  Keep your students engaged with this method, which introduces different styles of playing!

For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit us online at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Stanton’s Difference: Knowledgeable Staff 10 July, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights 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!

img_0706.jpgEvery 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. Even most members of our non-sales staff are active musicians with a wide range of experiences from rock musician to church pianist!

Need to know what key a piece is in? The range of a trumpet part? How difficult a piano solo is? The tessitura of the tenor part in a choral octavo? 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 “Five Star Features.” 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, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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NEXT MONTH: Sacred Choral Reading Session 09 July, 2019

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Jay Rouse for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 10, 2019.

Jay Rouse is one of the premier choral arrangers in Christian music. He has over 350 compositions and arrangements published, including over 30 major sacred choral works, 50 best‑selling a cappella C018146.jpgarrangements, a highly recognized hymn series for choir or piano and solo instrument entitled Piano Plus, and a number of best‑selling solo piano books and recordings. Mr. Rouse is a Dove Award winning producer and has logged many hours on the road traveling in the music ministry. He spent over ten years as musical director and accompanist for Sandi Patty.

In addition to his work as a keyboard artist, composer, and arranger he has been the primary producer and conductor for all of the choral and instrumental publications from PraiseGathering Music Group and Gaither Music Company over the last two decades. Jay Rouse continues to make a major impact on music for the church musician across the nation. Along with his wife Amy and two children, Londyn and Thatcher, Jay resides in Anderson, Indiana.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Jay Rouse
Saturday 8/10/2019, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $5.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 1:30)
email our keyboard department for more details

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From the Fires by Greta Van Fleet 08 July, 2019

Greta Van Fleet’s second release “From the Fires” shows off a band full of promise, and we look forward to hearing more from them! This collection, published by Hal Leonard, contains all eight songs from the album “From the Fires” in authentic guitar transcriptions with notes and tablature. The transcriptions are for ensembles of two to four guitars. “Flower Power” is a ballad that has that folk-y feel to it, and the band’s cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” is well done, and it’s sad that the song is as apropos as it was in the 1960’s. If you play guitar, this is a great collection to have and enjoy! Trivia: did you know that the band is named after a real person?

For more information about this collection or other music from specific bands, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Patriotic Arrangements for Community Jazz Ensembles 05 July, 2019

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Jazz Superset #5: The Patriotic Collection arr. Mike Lewis, Grade 3.5
Warner Bros Publications selected the six patriotic songs in this Jazz Superset #5 to provide music for the jazz ensemble that is accessible and suitable for a variety of occasions, tempos and styles. They include “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “America (My Country ’tis of Thee),” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “American Patrol” and “God Bless the U.S.A.” Arranger Mike Lewis has paid special attention not only to musical details, but also to the jazz style of each of these patriotic songs. Although jazz harmonies and stylistic considerations are incorporated into these arrangements, each melody maintains its original integrity. Written for standard instrumentation (5/4 4/4), these arrangements are playable with only six brass. Optional parts are included for flute, tuba, French horn, and baritone horn treble clef. This Super Set is designed for the medium level; however, professional ensembles will find this arrangement an invaluable asset to their libraries as well.

leon-07010784-fAmerica the Beautiful arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 4
Mike Tomaro brings us a bluesy and soulful rendition of this patriotic favorite that features either an alto sax soloist or vocal soloist. Great gospel feel for big band!

God Bless America arr. John Berry, Grade 2.5
John Berry has come up with an excellent version of this Irving Berlin favorite that maintains a sense of reverence yet will sound great with a jazz ensemble. Easy to learn, this will make a nice addition to your programming needs.

barn-032-3761-00-fThe Star-Spangled Banner arr. Paul Clark, Medium Difficulty
Although this piece is not usually associated with jazz bands, this arrangement works so well it can appropriately be included in any jazz concert. It’s also invaluable to have in the files for those “emergency” situations where a jazz group is called upon to perform our National Anthem. It includes just the right elements to give it a jazz flavor, yet maintains the dignity and reverence of the original. While it is harmonically jazzy, it is rhythmically traditional and can serve as accompaniment for audience singing. It is also playable with reduced instrumentation. If your jazz ensemble plays for basketball games, this is perfect. A wise investment for all jazz programs! Highly recommended!

alfred-26864-fAmerican Patrol arr. Mike Lewis, Grade 1.5
Glenn Miller’s band made this a huge World War II hit song and it is scored here for the young player. Mike Lewis arranged this chart with no individual solos, very modest brass ranges and plenty of ensemble sound. 1st trumpet range is to written E-flat on the top space. Easy to rehearse and perform.

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Get Ready for STANTON’S SUPER SESSION! 03 July, 2019

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/3/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes lunch)

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

We’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you.

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Disney Songs from Faber and Faber 02 July, 2019

00275428Disney: Faber & Faber Piano Adventures
A new series of graded Disney songs for piano has been arranged by Nancy and Randall Faber, the writers of the bestselling Piano Adventures series of piano method books. Many songs from the Disney movies have been attractively arranged for levels “Pretime” (5-Finger) to “Bigtime” (Level 4). The songs include standard favorites like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to more recent hits like “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” No matter the playing level of your youngster or student, there will be a fun collection of Disney songs to choose!

For more information about this series or others similar to it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

NEW FOR MARCHING BAND: Arrangers Publishing 01 July, 2019

Motown Opener arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
This show celebrates the 60th anniversary of the birth of record label Motown, founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959. The music produced by now legendary artist became known as the Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. The four arrangements in this show feature the best sections of eleven of the most famous and well-known Motown songs.

This arrangement is the opening number for the complete theme show and includes the best parts of five legendary hit songs from Motown artists: The Temptations, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes and The Four Tops – “Get Ready,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Reach Out and I’ll Be There.”

Motown Production 1 arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
This arrangement is the first of two production numbers for the complete theme show and includes hit songs from Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five. The famous and lyrical “I’LL BE THERE” begins the arrangement providing a warm and fuzzy change up following the energetic MOTOWN OPENER. The mood quickly changes to one of sheer excitement and familiarity as the band plays down the dance hits “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

leon-535535Motown Production 2 arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
The second production number in the theme show MOTOWN is a medley of two of Stevie Wonder’s famous hit songs – “Sir Duke” and “Superstition.” The creative grooves and rhythms created by the prodigy are reinforced with keyboards and percussion providing a nice musical and interesting contrast to the show.

Motown Closer arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
The conclusion of the Motown theme show is capped off by the elegant and soulful “Tracks Of My Tears” by legendary Smokey Robinson. A beautiful rendition of the melody is followed by a powerful and moving chorus – an appropriate ending for an impressive and entertaining show featuring some of the greatest pop music ever produced.

leon-535531QUEEN OF SOUL
(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman (Pre-Opener) arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
An abbreviated arrangement of this classic hit song serves as the introductory number and fanfare to the complete Theme Show “QUEEN OF SOUL” featuring four of the greatest hits by the legendary artist Aretha Franklin. An expanded version of the same song reappears to conclude the show.

Think arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
Aretha Franklin’s hit song “Think” is the opener for the theme show “Queen Of Soul.” Capturing the true spirit of Aretha Franklin’s rendition, the driving tempo and intense feel provides the perfect pacing and musical material to begin the show.

leon-535532I Say a Little Prayer arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
This arrangement serves as one of two production numbers in the complete Theme Show “QUEEN OF SOUL” featuring four of the greatest hits by the legendary artist Aretha Franklin. While capturing the trademark elements unique to the more sentimental and lighter style of Aretha Franklin, the arrangement provides a soulful and reflective change of pace, following the energetic opener “Think.”

Respect arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
Programmed as the second production number in the “Queen of Soul” theme show, this arrangement of Aretha Franklin’s most famous song mimics her style, creating non-stop excitement while capturing the soulful essence of her amazing hit song.

(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
This arrangement of the Aretha Franklin hit song captures the soulful essence in a marching band setting with a lyrical treatment of the melody, and a tempo that works on the field and is programmed as the closer in the “Queen of Soul” theme show. The powerful chorus sounds out, and the piece concludes the show with a powerful and punctuated finality.

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Sucker arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
The Jonas Brothers are back with their hit song “Sucker.” Released March 1, 2019, the song debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Songs, a feat that has only happened 34 times in Billboard history. Tom’s chart makes off with the inherent rhythm and groove in a bandistic arrangement sure to please all involved.

Sweet But Psycho arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
A current pop hit song by Ava Maxx. This is compelling pop music with a great tempo and catchy hook. The title says it all, and Jay works every little aspect of the song, making it an easy-to play and recognizable chart your band will love to play.

Flash arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
With its powerful rock anthem sound, “Flash” by the British rock band Queen has become a pop culture phenomena, performed at professional sport venues and heard in numerous media advertisement. Ignite your crowd and team with this intense arrangement.

leon-535529I Like It arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
A #1 hit song and “2019 Grammy Nominated Song of the Year” for rap artist Cardi B. “I Like It” is Latin hip-hop at its best, and your band will love playing this chart with its infectious groove and salsa beat that propels the popular and catchy hook.

Summertime arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
“Summertime” is known the world over and is one of George Gershwin’s most recorded and famous songs. Jay’s arrangement features a sultry, but easy trumpet solo, leading into a high energy Latin treatment.

Immortals arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
“Immortals” was composed and recorded by American rock band Fall Out Boy for the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Big Hero 6, based on the Marvel team of hi-tech comic superheroes. This arrangement by Tom Wallace captures the futuristic sonorities of the work, condenses the intense melodies and contrasting musical effects to provide the right mix for a compelling musical and visual production.