News & Views Sunday, January 19, 2020

For Orchestra: THE AVENGERS 28 June, 2019

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The Avengers (Main Theme) arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
The superheroes are back, and more popular (and powerful) than ever! Alan Silvestri’s theme perfectly portrays the excitement and heroics of the new blockbuster film, and Larry Moore brings energy and excitement to this arrangement for string orchestra.

Music from The Avengers arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Alan Silvestri’s powerful themes perfectly portray the excitement and adventure of this blockbuster super-hero film, and Larry Moore brings it all to the concert stage with this superb montage for strings. Includes: “Arrival,” “The Avengers Theme,” “Helicarrier,” “A Promise,” “Tunnel Chase.”

leon-04626494-fCaptain America March arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3-4
Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Polar Express) brings a brilliant adventure theme to this year’s blockbuster action film, Captain America. Fanfares, bold and contrasting themes, and rhythmic drive make this a distinctive symphonic march.

Theme from Ant-Man arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3-4
From Marvel’s recent blockbuster film, Christophe Beck’s main theme is deliciously dark and ominous. This skillfully arranged version for the concert use skillfully brings all the drama of the original to life.

Black Panther arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
From the blockbuster movie Black Panther comes an equally powerful score by Ludwig Göransson. This dynamic collection features many of the important themes, including “Ancestral Plane,” “Waterfall Fight,” “Killmonger” and “United Nations/End Titles.”

leon-530865Music from Black Panther arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2-3
The film score for the blockbuster movie Black Panther is as dramatic and powerful as the movie itself. Here is a practical, accessible setting of the main themes carefully arranged for strings. Includes “Ancestral Plane,” “Waterfall Fight” and “United Nations/End Titles.”

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Easy Piano Worship Songs 27 June, 2019

00287138-wlFirst 50 Worship Songs is a new addition to the “First 50” series from Hal Leonard. The series introduces “50 songs you should play” for a variety of different instruments and for different styles on those instruments. This collection of must-know worship songs are simply arranged and include favorites like “Shine, Jesus, Shine,” “Ancient Words,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “10,000 Reasons” and much more.

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 us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

John Legend Piano Solos 26 June, 2019

00233195-wlThe John Legend Collection includes 14 of his biggest hits: “Start a Fire” from La La Land, “Glory” (2015 Best Original Song), “All of Me” (2015 Top Radio Song), “Ordinary People” (2006 Best R&B Soul Single/Male), and more.  These are advanced piano solos (no words included), and would be great for a recital or for your own enjoyment.

For more information about this collection or other popular piano solo collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

COMING SOON: The Joy of Singing 2019 25 June, 2019

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2019, featuring the best new music from Hal Leonard! We’re especially 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.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/2/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, and Emily Crocker. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

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

Registration is now open – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

For Summer Worship: Handbells 24 June, 2019

hope-1935-frecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal & Handbell Music Specialist

HANDBELL SOLO
My Story, My Song arr. Christine Anderson & John Carter
The handbell solo enters alone with a reverent verse from “Tell Me the Old, Old Story” before the piano enters. The next section begins with the refrain of “Blessed Assurance” then on to “I Love to Tell the Story.” Extensive performance notes are given and a separate score is included for the soloist.

Classic Baroque Solos Volume 5 arr. Christine Anderson & Cathy DeRousse
With this new collection, Christine Anderson adds to her series of “Classic Baroque Solos.” These classical solos from the Baroque period incorporate more advanced techniques in order to perform them musically and at the correct tempo. These songs use bell trees, cymbells, handchimes, and upside down handchimes along with multiple bells-in-hand methods. Choreography is suggested in a limited way; most pieces leave blocking strategies up to the advanced ringer. The organ accompaniments are arranged by Cathy DeRousse. Titles include: Air (G.F. Handel); Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach); Rondeau (Jean Joseph Mouret); Sicilienne (J.S. Bach)

hope-1934-fHANDBELL DUET
Five Hymn Tune Duets II arr. Douglas E. Wagner
These duets are set for 2-octaves of handbells and keyboard. The duets are accessible and separate parts are included for each ringer and the keyboardist. Titles include: Fairest Lord Jesus; Holy God We Praise Your Name; Jubilate; Morning Has Broken; The Tallis Canon

HANDBELL QUARTET
Patriotic Medley arr. Valerie Stephenson
The echo and gyro techniques are part of the fun of this quartet medley of “America,” “America the Beautiful,” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” A three-measure fanfare of shakes opens the medley and leads into the first tune. At 75 measures in length, a good resource for those patriotic occasions.

Hymn to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven/arr. Kevin McChesney
Fanfares introduce and separate the stanzas in this otherwise traditional arrangment. Uses 3 octaves plus D7.

HANDBELL QUINTET
Five By Five arr. Douglas E. Wagner
A collection of five pieces for five ringers with each ringer’s part printed separately. A full score for the director is also included. Titles include: Be Thou My Vision; Carol of the Bells; Holy Holy Holy; Jesus Loves Me; Lord I Want to Be a Christian

HANDBELL ENSEMBLE
Twelve Bells for Worship II arr. Patricia S. Cota
This seventh volume of Patti Sanders Cota’s “Twelve Bell” series is playable by three to six ringers with bell assignments given for each option. All songs are written for bells ranging from C5 (middle C) to G6 and are scored entirely in the treble clef. Titles include: How Great Thou Art; O Worship the King; Our Great Savior; Take My Life and Let It Be; ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Medley); Wonderful Words of Life

chorgd-cgb1104-fWade in the Water arr. Anna Laura Page
“Wade in the Water” is a collection of five familiar tunes that have “water” in their theme. The handbell part in each piece is written for 12 bells (playable for 3-6 ringers.) The accessible piano accompaniments are a lovely addition but are totally optional. These settings are intended to provide fun pieces that may be used in various venues with fewer ringers. Titles include: Wade in the Water; Hornpipe (from Water Music); Down to the River to Pray; Shall We Gather at the River; Deep River

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Make Music Day 2019 21 June, 2019

OrchestraOn June 21st over 1,000 cities in more than 120 countries will be celebrating Make Music Day from sunup to sundown. This all day festival welcomes everybody to make music anywhere! Play outside or on social media, just MAKE MUSIC!

France started Fête De La Musique in 1982 to celebrate free and live music everywhere with everyone. Translated, Fête De La Musique means both “festival of music” and “make music!” Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, was chosen for the new holiday. Make Music Day has grown in such popularity that it shuts down the streets in France so musicians may take over!

Make Music Day can be organized as a small back yard concert or as a national event. The NAMM Foundation took up the US sponsorship of Make Music Day. They have resources for those who want to host an event. You can even join their Make Music Alliance to get assistance in promotion, sponsorship, and tech support – visit makemusicday.org if you want to know more.

This is Stanton’s Sheet Music’s third year participating in Make Music Day. Each year, we leave our recital hall open to those who would like to make music. This year, we are featuring some of our very own Sheet Music Specialists as our featured musicians. Catch any of our performances on our Facebook page!

If you participate from home, consider sharing your performance on social media and giving us a shout out! Feel free to tag us and use these hashtags to reach more people!

#makethemostmusic #MakeMusicDay

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Piano Teacher Workshop with KEVIN OLSON 20 June, 2019

download.jpgPiano Teacher Workshop with Kevin Olson
Friday 8/9/2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: FREE

The Perfect Start and Beyond: Music That Motivates at All Ages and Stages
Finding the right repertoire and teaching approaches that will engage each student is one of the biggest challenges teachers face. In this exciting and interactive workshop, Dr. Kevin Olson will present some of the newest music he has written for the FJH Music Company, the backgrounds and teaching strategies on each piece, and ways your students use repertoire to explore their own creativity and artistry.

Hands-On Jazz Basics
This interactive session will cover basic exercises in jazz piano that you can share with students who want to explore improvisation and creativity. Whether you’re a jazz novice or interested in new challenges in improv, there will be something for you at this workshop.

Please call (1-800-42-MUSIC ext. 3) or email (keyboard@stantons.com) to register for this workshop by Thursday, August 8th, 2019.

Advance with Aebersold 19 June, 2019

Jamey-Aebersold-250x250recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Anyone can learn to play jazz & improvise! While helping at a workshop in Connecticut in 1966, a student asked Jamey Aebersold to record a reel-to-reel tape of piano accompaniment and send it to him so he could have something to practice with. In Jamey’s words, “I never did make the tape, but instead made a record in 1967. This became the first Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long, Volume 1. After I recorded the music, I realized that I needed a book to help the user make sense of the LP of background music. Hence the book, which has now been revised many times. Volume 1 first appeared in 1967 and has been a best seller ever since. I never thought there would be a need for a second volume, let alone over 100!”

Now, for 50 years, the name Jamey Aebersold has been literally synonymous with the very best in jazz education materials. A world-class performer and a very charismatic teacher/lecturer who has traveled the globe giving seminars and workshops, Jamey’s lifelong mission is to teach people how to play jazz and improvise.

aberso-v01-fHow to Play Jazz and Improvise, Volume 1
This book includes chapters on scales/chords, developing creativity, improv and modes, practical exercises/patterns and licks, Dominant 7th tree of scale choices, nomenclature, chromaticism, scale syllabus, and more. This complete improvisation set, along with Volume 24, MAJOR AND MINOR, can greatly open your ears and improve your playing.

Nothin’ But Blues, Volume 2
The Blues have had the very essence of the jazz sound since the 1920’s. A player who masters the sound and feel of the Blues will play other jazz tunes in a manner that will inspire the listener. The rhythm section on this recording really grooves and makes this set fun to play with. Contains 11 different Blues and is a natural follow-up to Volume 1 or Volume 21. The tempos are not fast. The Blues are presented in various keys and with a variety of moods from slow to rock. Chords and scales are written in the staff for each recorded track.

Charlie Parker All Bird, Volume 6
This set contains the essence of modern music and is considered by most musicians to be some of the most important music of this century. Bebop is the music of the future! Ten Charlie Parker songs that truly represent the Bebop Era. This is truly a bebop rhythm section and they make the songs sing! This is a tremendous way to learn ten songs by the master musician, Charlie Parker. The songs have all become well known jazz standards that are essential for every jazz player to know. There are blues, “Rhythm” changes, alternating latin/swing, fast, and standard 32 bar songs in this outstanding collection. Learn from the master.

aberso-v42-fBlues in All Keys, Volume 42
Here’s a great way to expand your blues playing in every key! And it’s real fun, too! These are slow tempos and are for all levels of ability. Try playing some of the tougher keys without looking at the music and see just how fast your ear takes over. You’ll find yourself gaining confidence very quickly and that confidence will greatly improve your soloing. Charlie Parker learned the Blues in all 12 keys before he learned anything else. TRANSPOSED FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS. Each key contains a different blues melody and two compatible chord/scale progressions. It’s enjoyable and it’s sure to make you a better blues player. Get started now with this great addition to the series.

Maiden Voyage, Volume 54
Essential jazz standards and important “workout” tracks for the student ready to make the transition from playing scales, chords and exercises to playing popular jazz standards. Excellent reference material that can be used as a resource for beginning improvisation…actual tunes instead of exercises! Features slower tempos and easier changes. Each selection includes its own specific tips and suggestions on how to approach soloing over it. Scales are written out for every chord change. A wide variety of related publications make this the perfect jazz improvisation method for High School and College music directors.

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.

COMING SOON: Elementary General Music Clinic 18 June, 2019

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic (featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday 8/1/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes lunch)

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 37th edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

ADDED BONUS: Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic and The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir are now combined into ONE GREAT DAY OF MUSIC! We’ll explore classroom resources, musicals, games, and more from a variety of publishers, and you’ll also preview the best new music and resources for beginning choirs from Hal Leonard with Cristi, John Jacobson, and Emily Crocker!

And, 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.

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

“Oh, We Are Fine Musicians”: Especially for Elementary Choir 17 June, 2019

lorenz-522116recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Oh, We Are Fine Musicians (We Practice Every Day) arr. Mark Burrows, 2- or 3-part equal voices with piano
Happiness teems in this imaginative arrangement of the popular German folk song. Set mostly in oom-pah band style, everyone gets a chance to shine on the melody as voices mimic the sounds of trumpet, bass drum, and flute. Playful ideas for movement and visuals are included.

Living What I Believe by Jim Papoulis, 2-part with piano
Written with the Mississippi Boychoir, here is a song with energy and driving rhythms. The phrase “living what I believe” is repeated over and over, almost like a mantra and represents the struggle that young people have as they discover what is important in their lives. The syncopated verse feels like a spoken phrase with pitches. A hip and relevant song your young singers will love.

alfred-46939-fI’m Bound for Glory! (Swing Low) by Sally K. Albrecht & Jay Althouse, 2-part with piano
A quote from “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” opens this gospel original with soulful style before breaking into a full-blown spiritual celebration! The energized and syncopated chorus is a strong hook designed especially for developing voices.

A Million Dreams (from “The Greatest Showman”) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano & optional rhythm
Dreams are the fuel that motivates our young people. And “a million dreams” moved P.T. Barnum to create an art form never before seen. This is the sort of inspirational song that can move singers and listeners alike to dream, dream big and dream of ways they can bring new and exciting creations to the world.

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

NEW FOR MARCHING BAND: Alfred Music 14 June, 2019

alfred-47485-fMEGA SOUNDS SERIES (Grade 2.5-3)
Natural arr. Victor Lopez
Imagine Dragons are one of the hottest rock groups around. One of their biggest hits, “Natural,” was ESPN’s college football theme song in 2018. Victor López captures all of the elements of the original in this great new arrangement.

Girls Like You arr. Brian Scott
One of the biggest hits in 2018 was this award winning #1 song from Maroon 5 with Cardi B. Colorful scoring and contrasting sections will engage your band and audience alike!

I’m a Mess arr. Nick Baratta
Up and coming singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha’s 2018 pop/R&B single gets the cool Nick Baratta treatment with this new chart. The unique style and groove make this a great choice for the stands or for dance groups!

No Tears Left to Cry arr. Brian Scott
Ariana Grande’s number 1 dance-pop hit really shines in this great new arrangement by Brian Scott. The chart has a really great groove, and is perfect for the stands, auxiliary features or pep band.

alfred-47489-fCatchy Song (from The Lego Movie 2) arr. Nick Baratta
From the latest LEGO® movie comes this upbeat and driving tune arranged by Nick Baratta. This fun chart is definitely going to get stuck inside your head!

Pressure arr. Brian Scott
Rock out in the stands this year with this great new tune from the popular band Muse. Exciting harmonies, driving percussion, and lots of open fifths make this chart a great choice for this fall!

Think arr. Victor Lopez
One of the late great Aretha Franklin’s biggest hits was this R&B tune that was featured in the classic movie “The Blues Brothers.” Arranger Victor López gives us a fresh and exciting new arrangement full of great sounds!

BIG AND EASY SERIES (Grade 2)
All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight arr. Mike Story
Everybody knows this tune as the Monday Night Football theme. Mike Story has arranged this Hank Williams, Jr. classic into a chart that every band can play. This one rocks!

alfred-47491-fGet Smart Theme arr. Mike Story
One of the most iconic and memorable TV themes of all time is the basis for this cool new arrangement. With its driving percussion and unique harmonies, this one will be a fan favorite this fall!

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Mike Story
This powerful Oscar and Grammy Award-winning ballad from the hit movie “A Star is Born” would make a terrific closer to your show this year. Beginning with an optional alto sax solo, the piece gradually builds to a stunning conclusion.

Happy Together arr. Mike Story
Classic rock tunes make great stands and pep band charts. Here is the timeless hit from The Turtles in a terrific new arrangement by Mike Story.

alfred-47493-fEASY POPS SERIES (Grade 2-2.5)
High Hopes arr. Doug Adams
Here is the hard-rocking chart topper from the band Panic! At the Disco in a driving arrangement by Doug Adams. The chart contains a lot of block scoring, which will make any band sound twice its size.

Black Eyes arr. Doug Adams
From the hit movie “A Star Is Born” comes this hard-driving rock tune co-written and performed by Bradley Cooper. Featuring an alto sax solo or soli section, the chart also contains lots of unison writing which makes it accessible to all bands.

Chain of Fools arr. Doug Adams
One of Aretha Franklin’s biggest hits was this soulful R&B rocker. Arranger Doug Adams has given the tune a contemporary treatment while still maintaining the feel of the original song.

Top Christian Hits of 2018-2019 12 June, 2019

00289815-wlSummer is here, and it is time to start planning for special music! Top Christian Hits of 2018-2019 contains 18 of the most recent top hits, any of which would be appreciated by your congregation. Included are favorites such as “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury, “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams, “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong, and “Nobody Loves Me Like You” by Chris Tomlin. A praise band can work any of these songs up to perform as well, and this collection could be used all summer and beyond!

For more information about this collection or other contemporary Christian songbooks, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

NEW FOR MARCHING BAND: Hal Leonard 11 June, 2019

leon-534987PERFORMANCE SERIES (Grade 4)
Sogno di Volare (from Civilization VI) by Christopher Tin/arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
The official theme music for “Sid Meier’s Civilization VI” video game, “Sogno di Volare (‘The Dream of Flight’)” beautifully captures a sense of conquest and wonder. This is powerful and dramatic music for the field!

Baba Yetu (from Civilization IV) by Christopher Tin/arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
Featuring an underlying rhythmic pulse and infectious African groove, here is an outstanding setting of the theme music from “Sid Meier’s Civilization IV” video game for marching band.

leon-534989CONTEMPORARY MARCHING BAND (Grade 3-4)
High Hopes arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
Recorded by Panic! At The Disco this contemporary hit features a moderate rock tempo with a relentless rhythmic drive. Solid from start to finish!

Say Amen (Saturday Night) arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Pam Nave
From the 2018 album “Pray for the Wicked” here is a driving rock anthem from the band Panic! At The Disco. The blazing tempo and catchy hooks make this perfect for the stands!

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Paul Murtha/percussion arr. Will Rapp
Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, this acclaimed hit ballad from the movie “A Star Is Born” has garnered multiple awards and provides an emotional anchor to the story. Paul’s effective arrangement includes a short solo for horn or alto sax followed by nicely varied scoring with dramatic builds and power.

leon-534992Baba O’Riley arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
Classic rock from a classic band, this enduring hit was the opening track on the landmark 1971 album “Who’s Next” recorded by The Who. From the mallet opening to the the powerful brass statements, this chart is impressive on the field or in the stands.

The Right Stuff arr. Ishbah Cox
The New Kids on the Block helped blaze the trail for the boy band craze of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Here is one of their iconic hits in a moderate pop groove with plenty of solid full band scoring and rhythmic drive.

I Want It That Way arr. Ishbah Cox
Recorded in 1999 and considered the signature hit by the Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way” reached the top of the charts in more than 25 countries! Ishbah’s powerful arrangement opens with low brass on the verse, uses effective dynamic contrasts, and steadily gathers momentum throughout.

leon-534995Hard to Handle arr. Paul Murtha/percussion arr. Will Rapp
Recorded by Otis Redding back in the ‘60s and later covered by The Black Crowes, this hot tune has become a funk classic! With an energetic drive throughout, brass punches, and a stop time riff, this is sure to get the crowd going.

Fight Song arr. Paul Murtha
This tune was a hit for Rachel Platten in 2015 but has caught on as a stadium anthem for determination and winning. Impressively scored for the entire band!

Last of the Real Ones arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
Fall Out Boy continues to lead the pack when it comes to hard-hitting rock tunes that work great for marching band! Horns and saxes get a workout on this one, with important contributions from the woodwinds and all the brass.

Tusk arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
It’s hard to find a rock tune better suited for marching band than this one – recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1979 in collaboration with the USC Trojan Marching Band! With a pounding bass line, percussion breaks, and brass riffs, what’s not to like?

leon-534999All Star arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
With it’s catchy melody, quirky harmonies and driving groove, this huge hit from 1999 helped put Smash Mouth at the top of the charts. Then being featured in the movie “Shrek” didn’t hurt!

Stadium Jams Volume 13 arr. Paul Murtha/percussion arr. Will Rapp
Perfect for time-outs or any occasion in the stands here are four of the hottest themes from the video game world. Includes the main themes from “Angry Birds,” “Megalovania (Undertale),” “Elder Scrolls: Oblivion,” and “Assassin’s Creed III.”

EASY CONTEMPORARY MARCHING BAND (Grade 2-3)
Titan Spirit arr. Michael Brown
Nothing says glory and heroism on the field of competition like this dramatic theme from the movie “Remember the Titans!” Even with smaller bands this solid chart will sound impressive!

leon-535002Shake a Tail Feather arr. Paul Murtha/percussion arr. Will Rapp
Originally recorded in the ‘60s, this tune has been covered by countless artists over years, most notably by Ray Charles in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” Sure to be recognized by all, it’s perfect for just about any occasion.

Walkin’ on the Sun arr. Paul Murtha
Instantly recognizable and featuring a strong melody and moderate rock pulse, this 1997 Smash Mouth hit is still heard in video games, TV shows, and movies. Fun for the stands or the field!

The Middle arr. Ishbah Cox
Recorded by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, the pop hit “The Middle” has received multiple awards and nominations and charted high in several countries. Catchy and unique, this leon-03746276-fsolidly scored chart is guaranteed fun for pep band or the stands.

SERIES ONE (Grade 2)
Respect arr. Michael Oare/percussion arr. K.J. Stafford
Although originally recorded by Otis Redding in 1965, this R&B classic became the signature song for Aretha Franklin. Here is a powerful arrangement that will sound great even with small bands.

Magic In Harmony Songbook 10 June, 2019

Magic In Harmony Songbook arr. leon-532150Wayne Grimmer, Theo Hicks, Mike Menefee & Jon Nicholas
“Magic In Harmony” is a very special collection of eight modern Disney favorites arranged for barbershop/a cappella chorus or quartet. Featuring a wide variety of songs, you’ll find ballads, uptunes, and everything in between, making this folio a perfect resource for adding Disney titles to your repertoire, or performing the entire collection in sequence as a complete Disney-themed show! Titles include:

For four-part a cappella male barbershop ensemble:
“In Summer” from Frozen; “You’re Welcome” from Moana; “Remember Me” from Coco; “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog; “Go the Distance” from Hercules; “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid
For male chorus and four soloists:
“I’ve Got a Dream” from Tangled
For eight-part male/female double-quartet
“A Whole New World” from Aladdin

This collection was created, in part, to help celebrate the 80th annual BHS International Convention, held July 3-7, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, home of the wonderful world of Walt Disney. This music will serve your ensemble well for many years to come and help you spread the magic of Disney and the joy of four-part a cappella harmony singing everywhere!

Creative Programming: For Middle School Boys 07 June, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Keeping boys happily singing through their voice change is one of the best ways to ensure that they will be life-long musicians! We recommend these new options to engage and feature your young men:

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First Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir by Mark Patterson, Unison/2-part unchanged voices with piano
Written and arranged to meet the challenges of finding quality repertoire for emerging unchanged male singers, Mark Patterson hits the mark with this set of three songs. “First Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir” offers directors a wide variety teachable material and is a staple for any middle school choral library. Includes: “Come Sail Away with Me,” “A Future Shared,” and “Gloucester Moors.”

CLASSICAL LITERATURE
Hallelujah, Amen by G.F. Handel/arr. Greg Gilpin, TB with piano
Introduce your men’s ensemble to this powerful chorus from Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabeus.” Adapted for men in just two voice parts, this arrangement preserves much of the original counterpoint. A wonderful piece for exploring melismatic phrases, developing vocal agility, and encouraging breath control. Most importantly, it’s an achievable masterwork for your guys!

lorenz-522133Linden Lea by Ralph Vaughan Williams/arr. Larry Shackley, TB with piano
This lovely popular Vaughan Williams vocal solo has been transformed into a delightful concert or contest title for two-part men’s groups. The original vocal line has been enhanced with delightful counterpoint and harmonic shadings carrying the descriptive lyrics through three verses. Destined to become a repertoire standard!

MASTERWORK TEXTS
Sing Me a Song of a Lad That Is Gone by Victor C. Johnson, TB with piano
History and music join together in this super accessible original setting of the beloved Robert Louis Stevenson poem about the exile of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye after his defeat in the Jacobean uprising of 1745. Beginning and ending in a comfortable major key, the minor middle section provides a delightful contrast. Your choir will love it!

leon-522825POP TUNES
I Heard It Through the Grapevine arr. Audrey Snyder, TB with piano
This Motown classic was made popular by Marvin Gaye in 1968. It is still stylish and full of fun for any combination of voices. Young men will love the chance to bring this classic to life.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight arr. Roger Emerson, TB with piano, optional djembe & shaker
Here is one of the most popular “Doo-wop” songs ever. This arrangement features percussion parts for djembe and shaker, a simple piano part and ranges that are perfect for young singers. The “call and response” form allows for easy learning. Every parent in the audience will know the tune, making it lots of fun for them to join in if they want.

Contact us for more recommendations, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Golden Hour: Kacey Musgraves 06 June, 2019

00293819-wlCMA and Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” songbook, just released, contains 13 of the tracks from that album. This is her third studio release to reach #1 on the Billboard country albums chart. Songs include: “Golden Hour,” “Happy & Sad,” “High Horse,” “Lonely Weekend,” “Love Is a Wild Thing,” “Mother,” “Oh, What a World,” “Rainbow,” “Slow Burn,” “Space Cowboy,” “Velvet Elvis,” “Wonder Woman,” and the lead single “Butterflies.” Sing the songs, play them on the piano, or strum along using the guitar chords included. Enjoy this award winning album all over again as you play the songs for yourself!

For more information about this collection or other country albums, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

From the Silver Screen: For Community Band 05 June, 2019

leon-532126recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Highlights from A Star Is Born arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the latest movie version of “A Star Is Born” brings this poignant story to life with dramatic and moving new songs. Includes: “Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “I’ll Never Love Again,” “Maybe It’s Time,” and “Is That Alright?”

A Star Is Born (Medley) arr. Michael Story, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Embracing the most recent epic remake of the musical romantic drama, this medley seamlessly weaves three iconic and compelling yet diverse melodies, including “Black Eyes,” “Look What I Found,” and “Shallow.” Performed by Lady Gaga and actor/director Bradley Cooper, you will bring the musical passion of this blockbuster film score to your concert stage.

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Paul Murtha, for Grade 2 Concert Band
From the movie “A Star Is Born,” here is an easy arrangement of the breakout hit by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Using a nice variety of scoring textures this arrangement starts gently with a flute solo on the melody, followed by the horns and saxes, a brief trumpet solo, and finally the entire ensemble. Beautifully done for young players.

alfred-47413-fI’ll Never Love Again (from A Star Is Born) arr. Michael Kamuf, for Grade 2 Concert Band
From the blockbuster movie “A Star Is Born” and performed by Lady Gaga, this remarkable power ballad has been given an expressive yet dramatic setting for young band. Optional piano, bass, and drum set parts will add varying and authentic textures. Destined to become a favorite selection for students and audiences alike.

Selections from The Incredibles 2 arr. Paul Murtha, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Featuring familiar themes from the original “Incredibles” movie along with entertaining new themes, this is a terrific sounding medley filled with high energy and a jazzy flavor.

At the Movies: The Musicals arr. Justin Williams, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Musicals and movies are a match made in heaven! “Mamma Mia,” “La La Land,” and “Chicago” are three timeless masterpieces of this immensely popular genre. Incorporating “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia” and “Sebastian’s Theme,” and “Overture/And All That Jazz,” this great medley provides a memorable and exciting journey into the wonderland of movie musicals.

leon-04005291-fPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Soundtrack Highlights) arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
From the 2017 installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, the soundtrack by Geoff Zanelli features powerful themes that effectively capture the emotions of the film. Here’s a well-paced and dramatic medley for the concert stage.

Singin’ in the Rain arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Gene Kelly’s performance of this song in the 1952 movie of the same name has become an iconic favorite through the years. Here is a fabulous setting for concert band inspired by this classic version.

Black Panther (Soundtrack Highlights) arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
From the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” comes an equally powerful score by Ludwig Goransson. This dynamic medley for band features important themes including “Ancestral Plane,” “Waterfall Fight,” “Killmonger,” and “United Nations/End Titles.”

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

COMING SOON: Excellence in Choral Literature 2019 04 June, 2019

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

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
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
REGISTRATION: $20

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!

For Summer Worship: Choral & Vocal 03 June, 2019

1 handbell.qxdrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

VOCAL SOLOS & DUETS
The Essential Collection for the Church Soloist Vol. 2
This collection of 50 vocal solos includes top-selling settings from Mary McDonald, Lloyd Larson, Jack Schrader, Larry Shackley, Natalie Sleeth, Jay Althouse, Hal Hopson, Joel Raney, Mark Hayes, and Jane Holstein. Build your library further with Volume 1 as well!

Essential Vocal Duets Vol. 4
Here are eight vocal duets of top-sellers from the Hope catalog, each arranged for two medium voices. Available alone or in a book/CD combo with accompaniment tracks useful for rehearsal and performance. Don’t miss the previous volumes: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3.

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Easy Settings 6 for SAB choir
Here is the 6th volume in a successful series of accessible voicings of contemporary top-sellers. All of these titles are proven winners set for SAB voices. There are selections for Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Pentecost, and general occasions throughout the year.

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.