News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

‘Tis the Season to Be Funky 31 October, 2019

tis the season to be funky doug beach george shutackrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

‘Tis the Season to Be Funky arr. Doug Beach & George Shutack, Medium Easy
Bring the holidays on with this medley of Christmas classics in a half-time funk style. The funky groove will have everyone tapping their feet or even dancing in the aisle! Great tunes, solid voicings and space for your soloists (written or ad lib) all add up to a medley that will be the hit of your holiday program.

home for the holidays john wasson(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays arr. John Wasson, Grade 3
Few holiday songs have the staying power and popularity of this familiar tune, known primarily from the recordings by Perry Como in the 1950s, but also the Carpenters in 1984. Here is a lush and easy-flowing bossa nova setting sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Solos are included for alto sax and flugelhorn.

Merry Christmas and All That Jazz arr. Mike Story, Grade 1
An easy to play jazz waltz featuring two holiday songs, “The Holly and the Ivy” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The tempo is 128 BPM, trumpet 1 range is to written F top line, no individual solos and lots of optional parts.

christmas joy and spirit sammy nesticoChristmas: The Joy and Spirit arr. Sammy Nestico, Grade 1.5
Showcasing the genius of Sammy Nestico at his creative best, these inventive arrangements give directors countless options for holiday programs — selections can be played singly or together, tempos include slow, medium and fast, and styles range from lyrical and expressive to bright and snappy. In a word, there’s something here for everyone! Rhythm section parts are notated.

Find more holiday options for young jazz ensemble on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Prepare the Way! Organ Music for Advent 30 October, 2019

70_1520Lrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Prepare the Way by James Southbridge
What a glorious collection of organ music for the anticipatory celebration of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth! Enjoyable, easy-to-prepare settings by some of America’s leading composers, along with treasured classics of Beethoven and Handel, abound in this refreshing and vivid assortment of pre-Christmas musical settings. As an aid in planning, durations are also included – most selections are 2-4 minutes in length. This is a rich resource for the Advent season!

Titles include: “Lift Up Your Heads,” “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” “Be Comforted My People,” “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “Come O Savior of the World,” “Once He Came Among Us,” “Rejoice Rejoice Believers,” “Come O Wondrous Child,” “Come Blessed One Come,” “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,” “How Beautiful Are the Feet of Them,” and “An Advent Introit.”

Find more organ music for Advent and Christmas on our website and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

“Harvest & Thanksgiving” for Organ 29 October, 2019

joyful we adore franklin d. ashdownrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Joyful We Adore by Franklin D. Ashdown
This collection includes eleven hymn settings for the thanksgiving and harvest season. Titles include: “A Thanksgiving Antiphon,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “God of the Sparrow,” “God, Whose Farm Is All Creation,” “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “The Dawning of Creation,” “This Is My Father’s World,” and “We Plow the Fields and Scatter.”

thanksgiving mosaics jacob b. weberThanksgiving Mosaics by Jacob B. Weber
Give thanks to the Lord with these six settings of Thanksgiving-themed hymns by Jacob B. Weber. Designed for Thanksgiving observances, these settings are also useful for general praise throughout the Church Year. Weber’s Mosaics series features creative, seasonal settings for the church organist. Titles include: “We Praise You, O God,” “We Gather Together,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “The Lord, My God, Be Praised,” “How Can I Thank You, Lord,” “O Jesus, Blessed Lord, to Thee,” “All People That on Earth Do Dwell,” “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow,” and “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.”

Find more organ music for the Thanksgiving season on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Creative Programming: For Hanukkah 28 October, 2019

eight days of lights judith clurmanrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Eight Days of Lights by Judith Clurman & David Chase, SATB divisi with piano
Chanukah is a celebration of freedom. Legend has it that when the eternal light was rekindled, there was only enough oil for one day. It miraculously lasted for eight. This new piece celebrates the festival and the miracle.

hanukkah hayom michael larkinHanukkah Hayom arr. Michael Larkin, SAB with piano
An authentic celebration of the holiday. This arrangement of the traditional Hanukkah song allows you to choose between the original Hebrew text and a poetic text in English. Lyrical verses focus on lighting the candles, and the dance-like refrain grows even more joyful when embellished with a soaring upper harmony near the end.

Light by Lisa Loeb/arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano
A folk-infused ballad celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah. Originally recorded by ’90s pop sensation Lisa Loeb, this reflective change-of-pace choral features a rhythmic yet mellow accompaniment and straightforward but expressive vocal parts. Whether you perform with the guitar-inspired piano part, the optional SoundTrax CD, or a folk ensemble of your own, this is truly a special touch for holiday concerts.

light the candles of hanukkah ruth elaine schram aren newell williamsLight the Candles of Hanukkah by Ruth Elaine Schram & Aren Newell Williams, 3-part mixed with piano
This unique original, set in a strong, pop-anthem style, is in major mode and incorporates a text recalling the reason for the seasonal celebration. Limited ranges, repetition and the appealing rhythmic feel ensure success for young and developing choirs and allow it to be performance ready with limited rehearsal time.

Find more Hanukkah programming options on our website, or contact us to brainstorm more ideas. 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!

Merry, Merry! 25 October, 2019

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

Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert? Maybe you need just ONE MORE perfect piece to round out your winter programming. Let Stanton’s help! Here are some of the best new releases for school choirs this season, in many different styles and varying levels of difficulty:

bring a torch jeanette isabella mark burrowsFOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella arr. Mark Burrows, SATB with piano & optional flute
Light and dance-like contrasting with flowing legato, this traditional French carol arrangement sparkles and gleams for the holiday and Christmas season. The piano accompaniment with optional flute gently supports the vocal writing, helping the piece develop and build to a full and joyous ending.

christmas processional vocalise linda spevacekChristmas Processional (A Vocalise) arr. Linda Spevacek, SATB with piano & optional Indian or alto flute (flute, cello, or viola), chimes, tom-toms and handbells
From its soulful opening Indian Flute solo on “Huron Carol” leading into the joyous strains of “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” this innovative vocalise approach to a processional will immediately captivate your audiences. Additional traditional carols featured in this unique medley are: “The Coventry Carol,” “Pat-a-pan” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The additional instrumentation (Chimes (G), Tom-Toms and Handbells) will add color, texture and drama to your performance.

Esta Noche arr. Andy Beck, SATB with piano & optional percussion
Feel the joyful lilt of this traditional Spanish Christmas carol, rendered beautifully in the original language. This well-crafted arrangement offers solid choral scoring and a sturdy piano accompaniment for the festive nativity-themed text. A comprehensive translation/pronunciation guide is included, and optional percussion parts are available free online.

hydom tiddlydom mark burrowsHydom, Tiddlydom arr. Mark Burrows, SATB a cappella with percussion
The word “hydom” mimics the drone of bagpipes. The word “tiddlydom” represents the rhythm of the drum. This traditional Czech carol onomatopoetically recreates the sounds of these festive instruments with a cappella charm and brilliance. The English text recounts shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph, and the little child. In the middle, a contrasting legato section lets the beauty of the voices shine before returning to playful choral textures. Simple parts for hand drum and tambourine are included.

yuletide carols david chaseYuletide Carols arr. David Chase, SATB with piano & optional flute, cello and harp
Two carols under one cover, creatively arranged by Broadway and musical theatre icon David Chase. “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” are two up-tempo carols that will fill out your holiday programs for years to come. Including these with David’s previously published, best selling carols (“The First Noel,” “God Rest Ye,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Together at Christmas”) and you have the most creative set of traditional carols ever.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR
A Calypso Noel by Victor C. Johnson, 3-part mixed with piano & optional percussion
Infuse some island flavor into your holiday concert with this delightful, rhythmic original. A bright, lightly syncopated accompaniment and the addition of Shakers and Claves add to the authentic calypso feel. Limited ranges and lots of repetition in the vocal parts add to its accessibility. A Learning Resource Page is included.

christmas canon of peace ruth morris grayChristmas Canon of Peace by Ruth Morris Gray, SAB with piano
Longfellow’s text is set with additional words and music by Ruth Morris Gray and the piano accompaniment is based on Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” Together, it creates a sweet choral singing “ding dong” gently above the verses with use of an optional descant as well. A mature and meaningful selection for developing choirs.

Merry, Merry! by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, 3-part mixed with piano
What sets this spirited choral apart from the rest is its use of minor! The celebratory anthem has a surprising harmonic twist with the carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” What a wonderful gem for your holiday program that will certainly stand out and be a great finish for your concert!

rise up shepherd and follow greg gilpinRise Up, Shepherd and Follow arr. Greg Gilpin, 3-part mixed with piano
Gilpin’s original holiday song, based on a well-known text, is full of syncopated rhythms, interesting and accessible harmonies and is supported by a pulsating piano accompaniment. Choirs of varying abilities will sound fantastic at holiday time and will find the song fun to learn and perform.

Tollite Hostias (from Christmas Oratorio) by Camille Saint-Saens/arr. Audrey Snyder, 3-part mixed with piano & optional string quartet
Excerpted from the beautiful Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saens, this movement is a wonderful addition to any Christmas, Winter or general middle school concert program. The optional string quartet accompaniment lifts this work to the top of your program.

adorar al nino alejandro rivasFOR TREBLE CHOIR
Adorar al Nino arr. Alejandro Rivas, SSA with piano & optional instrumental ensemble
Here is a sweet carol from the Venezuelan tradition. The text is in Spanish with an easy to read phonetic pronunciation guide. Piano, triangle and claves are provided in the choral score but an expanded instrumentation including flute, oboe, clarinet and string bass will make this a real feature in your Christmas concert.

Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger/arr. Niall Kinsella, SSA with piano
This song by Max Reger originally appeared as a solo song for voice and piano. In this arrangement, the melody appears in all vocal lines creating interest for all of the singers. The lilting melody creates a feeling of a Pastoral.

boar's head carol jimmy baasFOR TENOR/BASS CHOIR
The Boar’s Head Carol arr. Jimmy Baas, TBB with piano
Baas’ arrangement of this bold, exciting beloved carol is sure to delight audiences throughout the year. The unisons and rich harmonic offerings are empowering for tenor bass choirs making this a programming MUST!

Program with the pros by contacting us, or browse our website for more ideas. 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!

The Quiet Harvest 24 October, 2019

recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

In the winter of 2016 and 2017, composer Thomas Keesecker composed a set of piano pieces, which would go on to grow into a hugely popular series. Keesecker saw a need for quiet center thomas keeseckeruncomplicated introspective, hymn-based pieces that would serve to help us reflect on the themes of the season.

With that need in mind, The Quiet Center, a collection of pieces for Advent and Christmas, became the inaugural book in this series. Most of the pieces are about three minutes long, and several combine two hymn tunes or a hymn tune and folk tune together. Titles include: “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns,” “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night,” “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” “Creator of the Stars of Night,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” and “The Quiet Center.”

quiet night thomas keeseckerIt was followed closely by The Quiet Night, which features music from Christmas and Epiphany, and even includes an optional piano and violin duet. Titles include: “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “What Child Is This,” “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” “Silent Night and Wexford Carol,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow,” “What Star Is This,” “Epiphany Waltz,” and “The Quiet Night.”

quiet journey thomas keeseckerFollowing suit, The Quiet Journey came next, with particularly expressive – but not intrusive or busy – settings for Lent and Easter. The composer also included a few “Easter eggs” in one of the pieces. Titles include: “On My Heart Imprint Your Image/Bless Now, O God, the Journey,” “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” “A Celtic Set for Lent,” “Attende Domine,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “In the Cross,” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “Ah, Holy Jesus,” “Were You There,” “Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” and “The Quiet Journey.”

quiet harvest thomas keeseckerThe fourth volume, The Quiet Harvest, features music for praise and Thanksgiving, and, as in earlier cases, the book does a wonderful job of combining tunes together. The composer takes care to give a musical voice to the elements of travel, gathering, and celebration that are integral to the fall season. Titles include: “Praise and Thanksgiving/Morning Has Broken,” “We Plow the Fields and Scatter,” “For the Fruit of All Creation,” “We Gather Together,” “Let All Things Now Living,” “Beautiful Savior,” “Come, Ye Thankful People Come and Now Thank We All Our God,” “Over the River and Through the Wood,” “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need and O God Beyond All Praising,” and “The Quiet Harvest.”

Watch Jay Rouse’s presentation of “The Quiet Harvest” below, or contact us for more information on this valuable series. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


About the Authors:

Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

“Christmas Around the Band Room”: Holiday for Young Band 23 October, 2019

christmas around the band room lisa galvinrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Christmas Around the Band Room arr. Lisa Galvin, Grade 0.5
Who says easy can’t be fun? “Christmas Around the Band Room” is a satisfying medley of three holiday favorites, giving every section of the band an opportunity to be spotlighted with the melody! Even the youngest ensembles will gain independence and confidence as they prepare this cleverly-scored full band arrangement using only the first six notes of instruction. This would be an ideal choice for your young band’s first holiday concert!

abandoned toy shop timothy loestAbandoned Toy Shop by Timothy Loest, Grade 1
Orphaned toys come to life in this eerie tour of an abandoned toy store. The work opens and closes with Victor Herbert’s dreamlike “Toyland” as a Jack-in-the-box plays “Pop Goes the Weasel.” A wealth of toy sounds make their appearance among diminished chords, tri-tones, and the “Dies Irae,” which surrounds an aleatoric section featuring a whole host of noisy toys. Highly accessible, extremely creative, and definitely memorable!

A Festive Finale by Brian Balmages, Grade 1
After countless requests from directors everywhere, Balmages is thrilled to offer this closer that pairs perfectly with “A Festive Fanfare” and brings your program full circle. Loosely based on the opening notes of the fanfare, this thrilling and energetic closer is a great way to tie your entire program together and end in a truly festive fashion. So. Much. Fun.

santa's midnight ride rob griceSanta’s Midnight Sleigh Ride by Rob Grice, Grade 1
Oh no, Santa’s running late! It’s midnight, and Santa is just leaving the North Pole for his long night’s journey, delivering toys to all the good children of the world! “Santa’s Midnight Sleigh Ride” is designed to capture the imaginations of younger musicians during the holiday season. Sure to be entertaining for the audience as well as the students!

Christmas Celebration on “Military Escort” by Harold Bennett/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, Grade 2
Henry Fillmore, often referred to as one of the other “March Kings,” was a prolific writer with a renowned body of work released under his own name, as well as several pseudonyms. “Harold Bennett” was chosen for this frequently played favorite. See if you can hear the four cherished Christmas tunes seamlessly interwoven in this innovative textbook example of the traditional march form. Superb for both teaching and holiday programming.

minor holiday celebration robert w smithA Minor Holiday Celebration arr. Robert W. Smith, Grade 2
Two Christmas classics have been masterfully re-arranged into a harmonic minor mode providing a new twist on these holiday favorites. Robert W. Smith has woven together “Joy To The World” and “Jingle Bells” with quotes from other familiar melodies including “The Dreidel Song” and “Hallelujah Chorus”. A very effective addition to the holiday repertoire for developing bands.

Contact us for more suggestions for your young band, or explore our website for more ideas! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

“Autumn Festivals”: Oxford Hymn Settings 22 October, 2019

autumn festivalsrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Autumn Festivals ed. Rebecca Groom te Velde & David Blackwell, for Intermediate/Advanced Organ
This valuable collection for organists includes 37 original pieces on hymns for World Communion, Reformation/The Church, Harvest, All Saints, All Souls, Remembrance, Christ the King, and Thanksgiving. These fresh, imaginative new pieces are written by a range of experienced organ composers based in the US and the UK, and display a great variety of styles and approaches. Practical, concise settings are included for all parts of the church service – preludes, postludes, fanfares, and communion settings. This collection is suitable for busy church musicians at an intermediate level working in all major denominations, and some pieces are also suitable for recital use. Registration suggestions are included that can readily be adapted to suit most instruments with pedals. A companion website also features a cumulative index of hymn tunes and contributor biographies.

Find more music for organ on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Hot & Cold for Jazz Ensemble 21 October, 2019

four miles davis john berryrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Four by Miles Davis/arr. John Berry, Grade 2
The saxes do most of the heavy lifting on this easy version of the Miles Davis standard. In addition, there is a short sax soli and a written or ad lib solo for trumpet. This is a wonderful introduction for young players to one of the most important jazz figures of the 20th century. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm; includes optional parts for flute, clarinet, F horn and tuba.

milestones miles davis mike tomaroMilestones by Miles Davis/arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 5
Mike Tomaro has taken this Miles Davis standard and created a roaring arrangement that screams with big band excitement. In a medium uptempo swing style, this chart includes solos for trumpet and tenor plus an ensemble shout that really pays off!

Nardis by Miles Davis/arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
The definitive recording of this jazz classic is by Bill Evans, with other notable recordings by Cannonball Adderley and Joe Henderson. Paul Murtha’s arrangement for young groups features a Latin style on the head then switches to swing on the bridge. Includes very effective writing for all sections of the band as well as solo space for alto sax.

vierd blues miles davis michael philip mossmanVierd Blues by Miles Davis/arr. Michael Philip Mossman, Grade 4
Recorded in the mid-1950s and also known as “Trane’s Blues,” this jazz classic is credited to Miles Davis but reportedly penned by John Coltrane. Regardless, Michael Mossman’s refreshing version crafted in a moderate cha-cha groove puts this standard tune in a completely new light. The solo section can be handled by any sax.

Out Back of the Barn by Gerry Mulligan/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 4
What better instrument to feature on a bluesy bump and grind swinger like this than baritone sax? Written in a medium slow 12/8 feel, this chart will make your entire band sound great, plus allow an often neglected player to really shine.

jeru gerry mulligan michael tomaroJeru by Gerry Mulligan/arr. Michael Tomaro, Grade 4
One of the highlights from Miles Davis’ landmark recording “Birth of the Cool” is this medium swing composition by Gerry Mulligan. Skillfully adapted for full jazz ensemble from the original, this arrangement features solos for trumpet and baritone sax (opt. tenor), as well as stellar ensemble writing. A classic!

Walkin’ Shoes by Gerry Mulligan/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
Using a band within a band format, Mark Taylor has crafted a great-sounding arrangement of this Gerry Mulligan jazz standard perfect for younger groups. The style is a relaxed medium swing, and there are written or ad lib solos for trumpet and tenor sax.

Need more for your jazz band? Find it at stantons.com!

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.

Out in the Snow! 18 October, 2019

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

out in the snow andy beckBundle up for wintertime with your elementary choir and feature one of these fun new pieces! We’ve carefully selected these titles to help you teach young singers in grades 3-6 the basics of singing in an ensemble, reading an octavo, and following a conductor – valuable skills for young musicians!

Out in the Snow! by Andy Beck, 2-part with piano
“Let’s go! Everybody out in the snow.” This rockin’ call-and-response crowd-pleaser is all about sleds, snowboards, making snowmen, snow angels, and even having “a friendly snowball fight.” And with no mention of the holidays, you can sing it all winter long. Optional choreography (printed in the score and available as a downloadable video) will get your singers movin’ and groovin’!

ring-a ring-a ring jingle bells mark westonRing-a Ring-a Ring (with Jingle Bells) arr. Mark Weston, 2-part with piano
“Ring-a ring-a ring those bells on the sleigh … Over the hilltop, and through the valley, let the bells take us away.” This bright, up-beat tune partners with the “Jingle Bells” melody to create a holiday hit! Use the piano accompaniment or the exuberant synth track for an instant audience favorite on your December concert.

Watching It Snow by David Waggoner, 2-part with piano
The buoyant melody, light syncopations, and simple beginning harmonies nearly sing themselves in this sweet ballad about observing winter through a frosted windowpane. Vivid imagery evokes a chill, while tender music provides warmth. “Nothing to do. Nowhere to go. I’m happy here, just watching it snow.”

Rockin’ with Santa (Medley) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano
This medley of classic Christmas songs is a holiday confection! Incorporating three different styles of rock ‘n’ roll, this medley includes “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,” “Santa, Bring My Baby Back (to Me)” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

now everyone wassail mary donnelly george stridNow, Everyone, Wassail! (with Gloucestershire Wassail) arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano & optional flute and glockenspiel
Come join the Christmas festivities as we go caroling to welcome the yuletide in this delightful partner song featuring a lively original melody paired with the traditional English carol “Gloucestershire Wassail.” Flute and glockenspiel parts add to the fun of this joyous offering for young choirs.

Find more winter fun in our Listening Lab, or contact us for more ideas. 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!

Songs from the Sacred Harp 17 October, 2019

Songs From the Sacred Harprecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Songs from the Sacred Harp arr. C.E. Walz, for Moderately Easy Piano
This collection by C.E. Walz is a celebration of traditional American hymn tunes from the nineteenth century. What is the Sacred Harp? It is a style of a cappella choral singing – “a cappella” is singing without accompaniment, in a chapel choral style. The “sacred harp” refers to the human vocal folds. Sacred Harp hymn books use the shape note system. If you get a chance, look up a shape note singing group near you and go listen – it’s delightful!

This collection includes “There is a Happy Land,” “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand,” “I Will Arise,” and more. The arrangements are moderately easy, and it doesn’t take too long to prepare them for a Sunday morning.

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!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

On the Silver Screen 16 October, 2019

place where lost things go mary poppins returns mac huffrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Treat your audience to a movie-going experience by programming choral selections of the silver screen in your next concert. The only thing missing is the popcorn!

The Place Where Lost Things Go (from Mary Poppins Returns) arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano & optional combo
Nominated for Best Original Song at the 2019 Academy Awards. Have you ever lost something you loved; a toy, a book, a favorite memento? Leave it to Mary Poppins to tell you about the metaphorical space where the things you’ve lost and loved are waiting anxiously for your return. Not a dry eye will be left in your audience when it is revealed, at the end of the song, the thing for which the Banks children have been pining with all their hearts.

s o s audrey snyderS.O.S. arr. Audrey Snyder, SATB with piano & optional rhythm
The Goddess of Pop, Cher, after starring in 2018’s smash-hit sequel “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” decided to make an entire cover album of ABBA’s best-known hits entitled “Dancing Queen,” in turn becoming her highest-ranking debut album in the US ever. Snyder captures the signature groove and infuses the arrangement with Cher’s powerful vocality!

We Are the Champions arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano & optional rhythm
The mega hit movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” has introduced a whole new audience to the music of Queen. And there are few rock songs that lend themselves so well to choral singing. This is an arrangement that combines classic Queen with classic choral singing for a powerhouse pop/rock addition to your choir concert.

can you imagine that audrey snyderCan You Imagine That? (from Mary Poppins Returns) arr. Audrey Snyder, 2-part with piano
This adventure with Mary Poppins gets off to a suitably magical and delightful start with this bubbly bath-time number. Choirs will have a blast with the tongue-in-cheek text and exhilarating music!

A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Roger Emerson, 3-part mixed with piano
“A Million Dreams” features the young P.T. Barnum as he shows his visions and hopes for the future. Throughout all his hardships, he is shown compassion and help and gains a broader perspective into the human condition. An outstanding message to reinforce in young singers, Roger Emerson’s arrangement is a gateway into instilling confidence and imagination in choral singing.

Need more movie music? Contact us to brainstorm ideas, or visit our website to explore! 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!

John Rutter Carols for SA & Men 15 October, 2019

john rutter carolsJohn Rutter Carols for SA & Men
This collection includes nine of John Rutter’s most popular Christmas carols, re-scored by the composer into three parts: for sopranos, altos, and unison men. These festive favourites continue to delight choirs and audiences across the world. Titles include: “All Bells in Paradise,” “Angels’ Carol,” “Candlelight Carol,” “Donkey Carol,” “Love Came Down at Christmas,” “Mary’s Lullaby,” “Star Carol,” “The Very Best Time of Year,” and “What Sweeter Music.”

Original voicings of these carols can be found individually, or in Rutter’s other collections “John Rutter Carols,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Find more holiday carol collections on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Kid’s Korner: Fall & Christmas 2019 11 October, 2019

christmas day in the morning mary donnelly george stridrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Christmas Day in the Morning arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, 2-part with piano & optional flute
Flute and piano accompany this joyful arrangement incorporating “I Saw Three Ships” and “The Snow Lay on the Ground” in excellent fashion. One would never guess these two songs were ever sung without each other! Lovely for all holiday and Christmas programs.

ev'rybody praise him jeff reevesEv’rybody Praise Him! by Jeff Reeves, Unison/2-part with piano
Familiar passages from Psalms 66 and 150 come to life in this jubilant anthem inviting “everything that has breath” to praise the Lord! Ideal for the start of a new choir year, the ABA form makes the piece easy to learn with the repetition of its gently syncopated melody and memorable text. An opening narration, along with opportunities for rhythmic speech and closing handclaps, infuse the piece with a unique charm that’s especially appealing for older elementary choirs or youth choirs.

glory glory keith christopherGlory, Glory arr. Keith Christopher, Unison/2-part with piano
Styled in a gospel shuffle, this very fun arrangement of a traditional spiritual is full of energy and excitement. Staccato notes, vocal scoops, and an optional second part are just some of the features that will delight singers and listeners alike.

I Want to Be Like Jesus by Cindy Berry, Unison/2-part treble with piano & optional flute
The simple, childlike text of this thoughtful anthem expresses a genuine desire to live like Jesus – to be kind, faithful, and forgiving. A splendid choice for use during Lent, Holy Week, or any general time of year, the piece incorporates the short hymn refrain, “Oh, How I Love Jesus” into the song’s beautifully crafted melody, written especially with elementary choirs in mind.

in the bleak midwinter audrey snyderIn the Bleak Midwinter arr. Audrey Snyder, Unison/2-part treble with piano & optional C treble instrument
This arrangement of the beloved 19th century Christmas carol reflects the beauty and sensitivity of its timeless text and simple, pastoral melody. The piece is easily sung by unison or two part choirs and also includes an optional C treble instrument that brings support and harmonic interest to the expressive vocal parts. Ideal for holiday concert settings or Christmas worship services.

It Is Good to Give Thanks to the Lord by Lynn Shaw Bailey, Unison/2-part with piano & optional shaker and claves
This joyful thanksgiving anthem sets the familiar Psalm text, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord,” to a driving, syncopated refrain that recurs throughout the piece. A lively piano accompaniment and optional parts for shaker and claves adds to the euphoric expression of gratitude and praise to God.

mighty power of god glenn eernisseThe Mighty Power of God arr. Glenn Eernisse, Unison/2-part with piano & optional handbells or handchimes
Isaac Watts wrote this text in the first known hymnal for children. The text and the traditional English melody FOREST GREEN are interwoven with the theme of Mozart’s Alleluia in this general unison (optional two-part) anthem. Optional handbells or hand chimes (included) enter on the final stanza along with an optional second vocal part.

O Come, Little Children arr. Ken Berg, 2-part with piano & optional maraca
A syncopated setting with a sweet, sprightly piano accompaniment, this piece is a fine teaching tool for unison singing, vowel formation, and handling skips and leaps. There are a very few places where two parts are written, but they are easy. Useful and charming for any treble group at Christmas time.

royal david's city joseph martinRoyal David’s City by Joseph M. Martin, Unison/2-part with piano
Cecil Alexander’s text, “Once In Royal David’s City,” serves as the foundation for this festive, upbeat Christmas anthem that choirs of all ages will love to sing. Additional new text, a delightful new tune, and changing meters give this cherished carol text a bright, invigorating make over perfect for any Christmas worship service or celebration.

Waiting for the Light (with O Come, O Come, Emmanuel) by Ruth Elaine Schram, Unison with piano
This anthem for unison treble voices exquisitely portrays the longing and darkness felt by those awaiting the promised Messiah. A stanza of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is seamlessly woven into the anthem. A perfect selection for early Advent.

Find more for young choirs on our website, or contact us for personalized suggestions. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Easy Piano Halloween Music 10 October, 2019

00310162-wlThe Halloween Songbook, 2nd Edition
The second edition of this popular easy piano collection contains 16 favorites for the season including “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” “The Addams Family Theme,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Jaws Theme” and more. The pieces are written at around a Grade 2 or 3 difficulty level. Beginning players will have fun with this as they entertain their friends with their favorite spooky tunes!

For more information about music for Halloween or other seasons, 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!

Project: Sound with Misato Hanawa 09 October, 2019

19projectsound event bannerBe where the music is! Stanton’s Sheet Music hosts Misato Hanawa and her masterclass and recital series, “Project: Sound” on October 26th, starting at 11am in the James E. Strouse Recital Hall inside Stanton’s Sheet Music.

Misato Hanawa is taking the classical saxophone to new heights. An emerging international player, she has won prizes and acclaim in her native Japan and Europe. Ever eager to expand the appeal of the saxophone, she frequently premieres new works by current composers, as well as lesser known works by established composers. As a cultural ambassador, she loves performing for audiences unfamiliar with both the classical saxophone and Japan. She previously performed in the U.S. as part of Project: Sound, which brings elite performers and composers from Japan, China, Korea, and the United States to West Virginia and Ohio.

She regularly wows audiences with her lustrous tone and brilliant technique. Because of her international profile, incredible musicianship, and ambassadorship, she brings the best in classical music concerts and prestige to any venue, making her an asset in drawing different parts of the community together in one place.

Misato offers world-class classical saxophone recitals, masterclasses on saxophone, and talks on Japan and the saxophone.

Recommended donation is $10 for this event.

RSVP to our Facebook event for Hanawa’s bio and more!

 

Use Your Ukes! 07 October, 2019

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

Using ukuleles in your elementary music class is a great way to teach musical concepts – harmony, melody, rhythm, style, form, and more! They keep young students actively involved in classroom music making, and are perfect for little hands to be successful quickly. We encourage you to explore these new resources for incorporating the ukulele into your classroom:

use your ukesUse Your Ukes
So, you have some ukuleles? Great! This book is here to help you introduce this fun and versatile instrument to your music class. It will walk you through how to teach the first ukulele lesson, where to go next, and how to gradually expand your students uke skills. Best of all, every lesson idea comes from a music teacher who tried it with their own young musicians first. Use those ukes well, with these great ideas that really work! See below for valuable ideas from Cristi Cary Miller on using this resource:

essential elements for ukuleleEssential Elements for Ukulele
Playing the ukulele is an enjoyable, easy, and inexpensive way to get involved in music. It provides a way to learn musical concepts and skills that can apply to any instrument you decide to study. Moreover, it will give you a great opportunity to share the joy of making music with other people. This book will help to provide you with the basic skills and musical background you need to get started. The online audio contains demonstrations of all the songs and examples available for download or streaming using the access code printed inside the book. This carefully crafted method emphasizes chord strumming skills; teaching students HOW to practice; note reading exercises; chord challenges to learn how to figure out chord progressions; tab reading; and more. It also includes nearly 30 familiar songs that students can play while still learning, including: All My Loving * Home on the Range * Hound Dog * Jambalaya (On the Bayou) * La Bamba * The Lion Sleeps Tonight * The Rainbow Connection * Take Me Out to the Ballgame * and more! Practice, experiment, and have fun playing the ukulele!

Continue in the Essential Elements series with Book 2, and explore the supplement Easy Strumming Songs for 12 more fun songs to play.

Find a variety of ukulele music on our website, or contact us for more ideas on incorporating this instrument into your classroom. 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!

Nearer My God to Thee: Handbell Music for Fall & Christmas 2019 04 October, 2019

trust and obey ron malloryrecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal & Handbell Music Specialist

FOR GENERAL WORSHIP
Trust and Obey arr. Ron Mallory, 2-3 octaves, Level 1
Both treble and bass clef ringers get their turn at playing the melody in these vibrant Level 1 settings. The arrangement also includes creative reharmonization of the well-known hymn tune, yet there are no bell changes throughout. Both 2-3 octave and 3-5 octave editions are available, which are compatible for massed ringing.

come ye thankful gather together sondra k. tuckerCome Ye Thankful, Gather Together arr. Sondra K. Tucker, 3-5 octaves, Level 3+
Sondra Tucker presents an exciting medley for Thanksgiving that includes the ASH GROVE, ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR, and KREMSER hymn tunes. Each tune receives a creative setting, and handchimes effectively highlight the melodies. Various techniques are implemented, including echoes, mallets and shakes. Your ringers will love this energetic selection!

Fantasia on OLD HUNDREDTH arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 3
This lively, festive arrangement of the classic hymn tune will be an immediate attention grabber. Full of exciting rhythms and well-considered meters, this setting sparkles from the first note to the last.

who'll be a witness sondra k. tuckerWho’ll Be a Witness arr. Sondra K. Tucker, 3-5 (6) octaves, Level 3
Jazz riffs and interesting chords give this spiritual arrangement a lot of character and life! EF and BC ringers will be challenged with lots of bells changes, but everyone will enjoy working on this toe-tapping crowd pleaser.

With a Voice of Singing by Martin Shaw/arr. Sondra K. Tucker, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
Sondra Tucker’s joyous arrangement of this Martin Shaw choral classic is accessible for ensembles at almost any level. Full chords and lush harmonies abound, adding to the celebratory air of the piece. The tempo moves along at a good clip, keeping ringers on their toes, but adding to the overall affect.

nearer my god to thee i need thee every hour karissa dennisNearer My God to Thee (with I Need Thee Every Hour) arr. Karissa Dennis, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
Two lovely hymn tunes are interwoven reflecting a quiet simplicity in this meditative piece. Perfect during Lent or any general Sunday in the church year.

FOR ADVENT/CHRISTMAS
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear arr. Terry Osman, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
Terry Osmas gives this beloved Christmas carol a fresh and masterfully arranged setting. After a lilting introduction, the melody appears three times, with slight variations to the second and third instances. No special techniques are included, making it the perfect piece to emphasize legato ringing technique on either bells or chimes and a delightful addition to any Christmas service!

brightest and best of the stars bruce w. tippetteBrightest and Best of the Stars arr. Bruce W. Tippette, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
Perfect for Epiphany, this simple yet effective setting of MORNING STAR is quickly and easily prepared after the bustle of the Christmas season. Gyros add a interesting touch, and the ending has a charming “starry” effect.

O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-7 octaves, Level 3
Karen Buckwalter expertly weaves together the tune ADESTE FIDELES with the “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The two tunes alternate seamlessly back and forth, and are later combined, providing new harmonic and scriptural insight to both. All parts get to experience the melody, creating extra aural interest. A worthy and quite accessible musical challenge for any ensemble during the Christmas season.

come behold the newborn king linda scholesCome, Behold the Newborn King arr. Linda Scholes, 2-3 octaves, Level 2
Ringers and congregations alike will enjoy this outstanding medley that aptly embodies the joy of Christmas. It includes minimal bell changes, allowing your ringers to focus on the techniques included – mallets, martellatos, martellato lifts, and shakes. It is a wonderful addition to any Christmas worship service or concert, and a compatible arrangement for three, four, or five octaves is also available.

friendly beasts patricia hurlbuttThe Friendly Beasts arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
Patricia Hurlbutt’s arrangement of this traditional English carol is accessible for late-beginning ensembles, yet has more than enough musical substance to engage even advanced choirs. The melody moves throughout the group, giving all parts their time to shine, while easy-to-learn accompaniment figures create textural interest. Several key changes and the occasional accidental provide just enough challenge to keep all ringers busy. A great choice for your holiday season!

On Christmas Night All Christians Sing arr. Linda R. Lamb, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
SUSSEX CAROL is upbeat yet flowing, an engaging arrangement in 6/8. Bell changes are minimal, and the triplet figure crossing staves is well marked. The two phrases which contain sixteenth notes are written with an ossia for easier performance options, making this lovely arrangement accessible for most groups.

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.

37 Gravest Hits for Halloween 02 October, 2019

02501709FCzrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Are you going to play for a Halloween party? Do you just want something fun to play to fit the season? Then Halloween Spooktacular is the collection for you! There are 37 Halloween hits in this book of spooky stuff. Lyrics and guitar chords are included, in case somebody wants to sing or strum along.

Classical music themes include Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in d minor” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas. TV themes include the “Twilight Zone Main Theme” and the “Theme from The X-Files.” The movie themes include “Ghostbusters” and the theme from “Silence of the Lambs.” Songs that were on the jukebox years ago still endure, like “Purple People Eater” and the “Monster Mash!” You will find something to suit your Halloween purpose in this versatile collection! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

Holidays with the Orchestra 02 October, 2019

hanukkah dances katie o'hara-labrierecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Hanukkah Dances arr. Katie O’Hara-Labrie, Grade 1.5
Liven up your holiday concert with a medley of four familiar Hanukkah tunes that are perfect for beginning to advanced levels. Everyone gets a chance to play the melody in this exciting arrangement. Technical considerations include optional shifting for 1st violins while cellos work on extensions.
TEACH • D major/D minor, cascading entrances, overlapping tunes
ORCHESTRATION • melodies for everyone, sometimes overlapped
PERFORMANCE • delightful Hanukkah medley for the season

we three kings rule susan h. dayWe Three Kings Rule arr. Susan H. Day, Grade 2
Ms. Day’s creative arrangement takes this popular carol outside the box by working in 4/4 and 3/4 time! Her signature rich harmonic underpinnings fill out the sound of the orchestra and the occasional harmonics given to 1st Violins is icing on the cake.
TEACH • violin harmonic E, arpeggios, melody in 4/4 and 3/4
ORCHESTRATION • melody shared with active accompaniments
PERFORMANCE • unique, clever rendition of a well-known carol

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
A medium-level arrangement of the novelty holiday song, written by John Rox in 1953.
TEACH • rhythms in 6/8 time, “roadmap” reading, chromaticism
ORCHESTRATION • melody shared, but mostly in violin 1 & cello
PERFORMANCE • entertaining program filler for a holiday concert

all i want for christmas is you larry mooreAll I Want for Christmas Is You arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Medium level arrangement of the most popular holiday song of 1994. Includes optional piano, electric bass, and percussion.
TEACH • pop music syncopations, D#/Eb, triplets, D.S. al Coda
ORCHESTRATION • rock bass plus piano, drumset & sleigh bells
PERFORMANCE • relatively current pop song for a holiday concert

About the Authors:
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, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

“An October Sky”: Especially for Concert Band 01 October, 2019

haunted mansion matt neufeldrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

The Haunted Mansion by Matt Neufeld, Grade 1
You find yourself at the door of a large mansion. It’s nighttime, and you don’t remember how you got here, or even why you’re at this house in the first place. You step inside to see a long, carpeted hallway, with many large portraits covering the walls. You don’t see or hear anyone, but you can feel that there’s a party going on somewhere. As you walk down the hallway, you think you might hear music, and it’s getting louder. You open the door at the end of the hall, and step inside the ballroom…

ghost chasers joseph compelloGhost Chasers by Joseph Compello, Grade 1.5
“Ghost Chasers” is a perfect selection for Halloween, but great for any time you’re in the mood for some spooky fun. In this playful piece, Ghost and Chaser are heard in the simple counterpoint between the two sections. Students will find the independent part playing both challenging and fun. Your ensemble will also gain experience in changing articulation from Marcato to Legato and practicing restraint and balance in the half measure lag between the two sections playing the same theme.

Lost Woods Fantasy by Jarod Hall, Grade 1.5
This unique work follows a young group of friends in search of adventure in a nearby forest late at night. Once inside, the trees around them begin to stretch and seal off the entrance. Trapped inside, they must find a way out… Incredibly colorful and engaging music that is certain to be a highlight of your program.

horseman of sleepy hollow rob romeynThe Horseman of Sleepy Hollow by Rob Romeyn, Grade 2
Get ready for some Halloween fun with “The Horseman Of Sleepy Hollow,” a creative and well-written novelty selection easily accessible to bands. A spooky and ominous introduction using the tune “Skin and Bones” sets the stage for this creepy and hilarious ride on horseback through the fictional Sleepy Hollow. Better hold on, towards the end our horse gets a little spooked and starts speeding up! In this entertaining setting, students will learn to watch the conductor through the changes of tempo. Accessory percussion and timpani glissandos add to the spooky effect. A fun and entertaining favorite for bands and audiences alike!

october sky barry milnerAn October Sky by Barry Milner, Grade 3
Inspired by an October afternoon when the sun had not yet lost its warmth, this piece is an attempt to recreate that moment – being thankful for all we are given, appreciating the beauty around us, and reflecting upon the importance of family and those we love.

Maelstrom (Descent Into Darkness) by Larry Neeck, Grade 3
“Maelstrom: Descent Into Darkness” is an intense and powerful work featuring brisk melodic themes underpinned by propulsive low brass/low woodwind and percussion lines. Very musical mixed meters, and special maelstrom descent into darkness larry neeckwoodwind and percussion effects heighten the intensity of this work. The lyrical themes of the ethereal middle section provide a resonant contrast to the propulsive nature of the rest of the music. Perfect for contest or concert, this dynamic work will showcase the musical capability and finesse of your entire band.

Find more Five Star Features for your concert band on our website, or contact us for more innovative ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.