News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Sneaky Pete: for College-Level Jazz Ensemble 31 December, 2019

alone together bob curnowrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Alone Together arr. Bob Curnow, Grade 4
Bob Curnow has arranged this haunting melody with lots of interesting counterpoint and harmonies throughout. It has a brief written tenor saxophone and trombone solo and is written in a comfortable range making this a must have for your band and audience!

T.O.P. Adjacent by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 6
If you want funky, this is it! In a nutshell, this is Tower of Power meets Gordon Goodwin, simple as that. Solo space provided for alto, tenor, bari, trumpet, trombone, and various rhythm players.

bolivian fantasy michael philip mossmanBolivian Fantasy by Michael Philip Mossman, Grade 5
As the title implies, this Michael Mossman original captures a Bolivian style utilizing various layers of sound and shifting moods. Trombones are featured first, but every section of the band gets a workout on this stunning piece. A stop-time section launches the tenor sax solo, and an open percussion feature sets up the powerful finish with the entire ensemble.

Sneaky Pete by Ric Flauding, Grade 4
This funky horn-driven chart weaves in and out of the boundaries with winding chromatic lines and high energy accompaniment. Solo space for tenor sax, trombone, and guitar, and the drums get several smaller opportunities, too. Trumpet range is to written high C. Trombone range is to G.

cherry juice thad jonesCherry Juice by Thad Jones, Grade 6
As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on the album New Life, this fast swing ‘opus’ starts with a full-band statement and a short piano solo before the flugelhorn soloist steps into the spotlight. Then tenor carries a solo chorus, followed by a powerful ensemble shout, an incredible sax soli, a 16-bar piano solo, a short band recap of the main theme, and closing coda.

Contact us for more recommendations for your advanced jazz ensemble, and remember – 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.

This Is the Time to Sing 30 December, 2019

this is the time to sing mary mcdonaldrecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal & Handbell Music Specialist

This Is the Time to Sing by Mary McDonald
This collection captures the musical essence of ten of Mary McDonald’s anthems and distills them into beautiful settings for solo voice and piano. Titles included are: “Child of Peace,” “Children Bound for Heaven,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Folk Hymn Suite,” “He’s Got the Whole World,” “Rise Up, Children, Arise,” “Sacred Harp Suite,” “Sing and Shout Together, Children,” “There Is a Happy Land with Sweet By and By” and “This Is the Time to Sing.”

For more vocal solo repertoire for worship, visit our website or contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Around the World for Elementary Choir 27 December, 2019

bhombela will skaff melissa keylockrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Looking for a different programming option for your elementary school choir? Get your choir on board and take a musical global journey to Africa and the West Indies with our recommended octavos! Be sure to load your percussion instruments!

Bhombela arr. Will Skaff/ed. Melissa Keylock, 2-part a cappella with body percussion or rhythm sticks
“Bhombela” is a traditional South African song used to accompany a children’s stick passing game. This fun arrangement, which includes entertaining choreography by use of rhythm sticks, is a delight for choirs of all levels. An exciting multicultural addition to any concert.

pamoja mark burrowsPamoja by Mark Burrows, 2-part with piano & optional percussion
“Pamoja. We work together. Pamoja. We reach together. Pamoja. We grow together. Pamoja. Together. We will go far.” Adapted from an African proverb, this original up-tempo song teaches the positive life message of togetherness. With lively rhythms and joyful harmonies, it is an ideal lively concert opener or closer.

Tingalayo arr. Mark Weston, 2-part with piano & optional percussion
This authentic Caribbean-style treatment of a traditional West Indies folk song about the donkey, “Tingalayo” begins with all voices singing the refrain in tingalayo mark westonunison. The harmony introduced later moves mostly in step-wise fashion. A relaxed piano part and optional shaker and claves create the perfect groove for a unique concert offering.

More repertoire options from around the world are available on our website, or contact us for more information. 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 Beatles Essential Songs 26 December, 2019

00311389-wlEssential Songs: The Beatles
Just in case your Christmas money is burning a hole in your pocket, we have a collection of 2.12 pounds of the best Beatles songs! Suitable to play on piano or guitar, this is a collection that can be played for yourself or with friends. 90 songs are included, so you may buy this with your Christmas money, but you can enjoy it all year ’round! It’s perfect for every Beatles fan!

Songs include: “All My Loving,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Because,” “Blackbird,” “Come Together,” “Day Tripper,” “Get Back,” “Help!,” “Hey Jude,” “If I Fell,” “Let It Be,” “Michelle,” “Penny Lane,” “Something,” “Twist and Shout,” “Yesterday,” and many more!

For more information about this collection or other Beatles music, 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!

Sound Sight-Reading for Band 24 December, 2019

sound sight readingrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Sound Sight-Reading for Concert Band by Brian Beck, Scott Watson & Robert Sheldon
“Sound Sight-Reading” by Brian Beck, Scott Watson, and Robert Sheldon is part of the revolutionary Sound Innovations for Concert Band series. “Sound Sight-Reading” provides students with decoding strategies to help with reading music more quickly and accurately. Organized in six progressively detailed and expressive levels, each section introduces and reviews new notes, rhythms, time signatures, and other musical elements through a variety of performance material. The teacher’s score is packed with insights and ideas for musical games to help keep things fun and challenging.

Experience the many benefits of improved sight-reading:
* Maximize the contact time you have with students.
* Spend less time learning notes and more time learning expression, phrasing, balance, etc.
* Achieve better scores at festivals and other assessments.

Contact us for more recommendations for building reading skills in your concert band, and remember – 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.

“The Perfect Start” by Kevin Olson 23 December, 2019

perfect start for note reading kevin olsonrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Piano Music Specialists

The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 1 by Kevin and Julia Olson
Explore this new and exciting series by Kevin and Julia Olson that presents a modern sequential approach to note reading at the piano. This book gives the beginning student a solid foundation for note reading and is designed to supplement any piano method. New notes are introduced and then thoroughly reinforced with plenty of music that is fun to play. Especially designed for the young beginner, the busy student, students needing extra reinforcement, and students at higher levels who want to improve their sight-reading skills. A wonderful way to get piano students off to The Perfect Start!

Also available in this valuable series:
The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 2
The Perfect Start for Note Reading, Book 3
The Perfect Start for Finger Exercises, Book 1
The Perfect Start for Finger Exercises, Book 2
The Perfect Start for Finger Exercises, Book 3
The Perfect Start for Solo Playing, Book 1
The Perfect Start for Solo Playing, Book 2
The Perfect Start for Solo Playing, Book 3

For advice on choosing the right method for your piano students, please contact us! 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.

To a New Journey: Concert Openers for Band 20 December, 2019

incendio salvador alan jacoborecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Incendio by Salvador Alan Jacobo, Grade 4.5
“Incendio”’s literal translation is “fire”, making this title all the more appropriate for Salvador Alan Jacobo’s fiery composition for concert band. The music immediately ignites from the beginning and never ceases to lose its abundant energy. Instead, it merely transforms and evolves over the course of this adventurous musical episode, conjuring up imagery of video-game combat and similar heroic feats. Jacobo’s “Incendio” is a musical inferno that sparks the inspiration and determination to take on brand new challenges and embark on blazing new adventures.

barn-012-4722-00-fRise (A Gay Games Anthem) by Rossano Galante, Grade 4
“Rise: A Gay Games Anthem” was commissioned by the Federation of Gay Games to accompany the raising of the official flag. This composition is heroic, uplifting, evocative of achievement, reverent, and welcoming. The work has global appeal, referencing the spirit embodied by the organization’s three guiding principles: Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best.

to a new journey naoya wadaTo a New Journey by Naoya Wada, Grade 3
“To A New Journey” from the pen of noted Japanese composer Naoya Wada is a bright showcase for concert band. This upbeat concert work is characterized by the composer’s creative use of soaring melodies and exciting rhythms, with interesting and engaging parts for all musicians. A great choice as a concert opener, closer, or contest piece. Truly impressive!

“Program with the pros” by contacting us for more repertoire ideas, or explore our website for options. 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.

Native American Heritage for Concert Band 19 December, 2019

kolomoki r. alan carterrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Kolomoki by R. Alan Carter, Grade 1
The Kolomoki Mounds are one of the largest and earliest Woodland Period earthwork mound complexes in the Southeastern United States. Constructed between 350–600 A.D., the eight mounds include a Great Temple Mound, a ceremonial mound, several burial mounds and a large plaza in the center where some 1,500 residents lived in a large village of thatched houses. This rhythmic piece pulses with life and celebrates the Swift Creek and Weeden Island Indian peoples who lived there. “Kolomoki” is designed to make your beginners sound great.

earth and sky michael sweeneyEarth and Sky by Michael Sweeney, Grade 3
The Native American Omaha Tribe believed in an inseparable union between earth and sky. Commissioned for the Nebraska All-State 8th Grade Band, Michael Sweeney’s “Earth and Sky” celebrates this ideal with a balance of woodwind motifs and delicate textures (sky) contrasted with an underlying percussion ostinato and feature spots (earth). Rich chordal accompaniments and soaring melodies provide continuity and flow in this dynamic work for band.

native american homage kevin mixonNative American Homage by Kevin Mixon, Grade 3.5
To honor Native American cultures, Kevin Mixon has creatively scored “Native American Homage.” This work represents music typically heard at many modern-day powwows, commingling authentic sounds of nature and intertribal music. Contrasting lyrical and bravura sections authentically and respectfully present a substantive introduction to America’s oldest known indigenous music. This compelling new work will move audiences and draw critical acclaim.

Legends in the Mist by Michael Sweeney, Grade 3
Here is a compelling, evocative piece based on Native American folklore. The blend of inventive melodies, biting rhythms, exotic percussion, and special effects performed by the entire band, once again demonstrates Michael’s solid, confident craftsmanship for today’s concert groups.

arikara victor lopezArikara by Victor Lopez, Grade 1
This original composition highlights the Arikara Native American Indian tribe and integrates music and history into one cohesive learning experience. Guaranteed to meet your music needs and common core competencies.

Etowah by Brian Balmages, Grade 1.5
Heavily influenced by Native American sounds, “Etowah” pays homage to the great Cherokee and Creek nations that once thrived in modern day Georgia. The opening sounds echo the spirit of the ancient city of Etowah before the music builds, taking the listener back to when the city thrived. Including a large battery of percussion, innovative harmonies, and interesting textures not normally found in young band music, this is certain to be a huge favorite!

twas in the moon of wintertime robert w. smith‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime arr. Robert W. Smith, Grade 4
“’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” is a traditional Canadian carol which was originally written in the Huron Indian language by a Jesuit missionary. Robert W. Smith captures the mystique of the native Indian culture, and voices the percussion to be as ‘ethnically’ accurate as possible. This is pure Robert W. Smith scoring. Haunting!

The Moon of Winter arr. Vince Gassi, Grade 2
Vince Gassi’s moving adaptation of this traditional carol is a fine selection for any concert. The melody is presented in various styles through sections of the band, and characteristic percussion and interesting harmonies keep the work moving forward.

For more creative suggestions for your concert band, please contact us! 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.

Colors of Home: Programmatic Music for Orchestra 18 December, 2019

colors of home alan lee silvarecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Colors of Home by Alan Lee Silva, Grade 3
A loving portrait of life growing up in the pastoral foothills of Northern California, “Colors of Home” conveys a warm Americana feeling, featuring beautifully nuanced melodic themes and carefully crafted harmonies.
TEACH • bringing melody out of rhythmic, harmonic layers
ORCHESTRATION • active, but lyrical accompaniment parts
PERFORMANCE • wonderful, laid back, change of pace selection

zoom richard meyerZoom! by Richard Meyer, Grade 3
Vivid imagery, colorful orchestrations, and a variety of styles all combine to make this one-of-a-kind selection a journey that your students and audience will never forget! In the form of a five-part rondo with changing tempos, this piece will let creativity fly!
TEACH • syncopation, accidentals, contrasting styles, 5/4 time
ORCHESTRATION • no one will get bored with this zoomer!
PERFORMANCE • tons of variety in one five-minute selection

Gemini by George Sweet, Grade 3
The astrological sign of Gemini is important to the composer and his family. In addition to being born under the sign himself, the composer’s father and sister are also Geminis. This piece, as a result, is both auto-biographical and a reflection of the composers closest family.
TEACH • blend close-knit, shifting harmonies with good intonation
ORCHESTRATION • non-technical parts, but sonority is crucial
PERFORMANCE • perfect ethereal addition to a “space” concert

struggle in the shadows brian balmagesStruggle in the Shadows by Brian Balmages, Grade 3
This powerful work tackles the issue of bullying in schools from the perspective of a student. Making use of a quartet within the ensemble (either a standard quartet or an option of using a second cellist instead of viola), the piece moves between the voices of the lonely and their experiences. From moments of solitude to anguish and hope, this piece seeks to bring light to an issue that continues to plague schools worldwide.
TEACH • emotional push/pull, articulated tremolo, balance
ORCHESTRATION • crucial piano and string quartet parts
PERFORMANCE • allowing moments of solitude, anguish and hope

trailblaze rick hirschTrailblaze by Rick Hirsch, Grade 3.5
The sweeping cinematic sounds of this energetic work will immediately grasp your audience’s attention and your students will be excited to dig in and experience the fun groove of the piece! Written with a slight jazz flavor, the music is a welcome departure from standard string repertoire and is a phenomenal change of pace for your next program.
TEACH • feeling 3/4 in 1, syncopation, shifting, major 7th/minor 2nd
ORCHESTRATION • everybody has meaty pemmican to chew
PERFORMANCE • sweeping, driving, cinematic & slightly jazzy

Browse our website for more programmatic options for strings, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

The Christmas Family Songbook 17 December, 2019

44362The Christmas Family Songbook for Piano and Sing-Along
This collection includes everything you need for a Christmas sing-along! There are over 100 of the most popular Christmas songs arranged to be played easily at the piano. Do you need lyric sheets? Using the included multimedia disc, you can print off lyrics to all the songs in the book. In case anyone wants to know the story behind a song, there is a section at the front of this hard back collection that tells that story. Guitar chords are included above the staff so someone can strum along.

For more information about this collection, 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!

For Singing Valentines 16 December, 2019

can't help falling in love alan billingsleyrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Looking for a fun fundraiser for your choral program? Consider Singing Valentines! Sing around your school or community, or record Valentine messages for sharing online. Here are some adorable song suggestions to get you started:

Can’t Help Falling in Love arr. Alan Billingsley, SATBB a cappella (optional piano)
Featured in the 1961 Elvis film Blue Hawaii, as well as the recording of the same name, this beautiful love song remains as popular today as ever.

Come What May arr. Theo Hicks, SATB a cappella
This mixed 8-part arrangement from Theo Hicks is an exquisite setting of the soaring ballad from the film “Moulin Rouge!” A beautiful tribute of love, this chart is a wonderful male/female duet feature with powerful ensemble material throughout; perfect for any show set, wedding performance, or collaboration opportunity for double-quartet or mixed chorus.

you've got a friend in me dan wesslerYou’ve Got a Friend in Me arr. Dan Wessler, SATB a cappella
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” is a quintessential buddy song. Sing it in a playful, amiable way, keeping a pronounced swing throughout the piece. As the melody transfers to the different voice parts, balance the volume so that the melody stays dominant.

Find more ideas at stantons.com, or contact us to brainstorm ideas!

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!

Creative Programming: Masterwork Texts 13 December, 2019

moon is hiding in her hair mark burrowsrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Worthy texts: can’t find anything suitable for your next choral concert? Let Stanton’s help! Check out our compilation of octavos featuring the poetry of Sara Teasdale, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens (and more!) wedded to outstanding SSA, TTB and SAB/SATB arrangements.

The Moon Is Hiding in Her Hair by Mark Burrows, SATB with piano
Rich choral sonorities fill this expressive and contemporary concert setting of an e.e. cummings poem. Thoughtful vocal entrances begin the piece followed by the ebb and flow of dynamics and harmonies, engaging the singer to explore the romantic text.

Rain Has Fallen by Ruth Morris Gray, 3-part mixed with piano
Using constant and flowing eighth notes in the piano accompaniment along with overlapping echoes in the voices to mirror the sound of a steady rainfall, here is a beautiful setting of the James Joyce poem. The most famous setting of this text was created by American composer Samuel Barber and now we have a setting that is suitable for middle school singers. Detailed and informative rehearsal notes are included in the page two notes.

i will be the gladdest thing neil ginsbergI Will Be the Gladdest Thing by Neil Ginsberg, SA with piano
An Edna St. Vincent Millay favorite is given a fresh and free treatment, complete with spritely, leaping rhythms. A gentle rock feel and invigorating contemporary harmonies support and propel the energizing text forward. An opportunity for solo or small group singing is included at the end. A delight to prepare and perform!

Give Me Your Stars to Hold by Ruth Morris Gray, TTB with piano
Sara Teasdale‘s text is superbly set in a steady and flowing concert work. Diverse part-writing fills the choral, creating harmonic contrast and richness with beautiful examples of text-painting from the composer.

These Things Shall Never Die by Mark Burrows, TTBB with piano
“The pure, the bright, the beautiful … The streams of love and truth … The striving after better hopes … These things shall never die.” The honorable words of Charles Dickens are richly set for lower voices. Beginning softly and building throughout as the lyrics dictate, the arrangement ends in a thrilling, full-voiced finale.

she walks in beauty z. randall stroopeShe Walks in Beauty by Z. Randall Stroope, SATBB with piano
“She walks in beauty in the night”……arguably Lord Byron‘s best known poem, is another fine example of the extraordinary and unique compositional skills of prolific American composer Z. Randall Stroope. A strong choice for festival and honor choirs.

She Walks in Beauty by Dan Complieta, TTBB with piano
Here is a lyrical choral setting of the early 19th century poem by Lord Byron. Musical themes in the music are introduced in unison followed by simple harmonizations. The vocal writing is melodic and the accompaniment is supportive and thoughtful.

o my luve's like a red red rose guy forbesO My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose by Guy Forbes, SATB divisi a cappella
Following in the spirit of his setting of “O Nata Lux,” Guy Forbes brings us a beautiful setting of this well-known Robert Burns‘ text. He has reserved the caressing dissonances for just the right moments, and mild harmonic surprises where you are happy to go. A great choice for advanced high school and college choirs.

Contact us for more poetic inspiration, or browse our website for 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!

Concert Band IN MOTION 12 December, 2019

chasing mercury travis j. wellerrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Chasing Mercury by Travis J. Weller, Grade 3
Mercury, known as the messenger of the gods, is easily identified by his unique winged shoes (talaria) and hat (petasos). “Chasing Mercury” depicts exactly that: a playful chase of the winged messenger. By whom? It is up to the young musicians who have the opportunity to bring this work to life. Those who are familiar with Gustav Holst’s “Mercury” will notice the opening motif chasing two themes of Holst’s around the rest of the work giving “Chasing Mercury” a second meaning. This fun and playful piece is certain to entertain and delight.

flying fortress robert w. smithFlying Fortress by Robert W. Smith, Grade 3
This stunning fanfare by veteran composer Robert W. Smith was inspired by the historic and legendary Boeing B-17 aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps in World War II. Beginning with a powerful timpani statement, the brass section responds with a bold introductory theme. Strong melodic lines interacting with woodwind flourishes make this piece sound more mature and difficult than the grade level indicates. We highly recommend this majestic fanfare for any concert, festival or ceremonial performance!

peloton brian drakeThe Peloton by Brian Drake, Grade 4
The piece is a programmatic work depicting a professional cycling race similar to the annual Spring Classics or a stage from one of the Grand Tours. Within the composition, there are sections representing the various sights and sounds of a race. This work is Mr. Drake’s tribute to the men and women of professional cycling that endure endless hours training and racing in punishing conditions to become some of the most amazing athletes on the planet. Written primarily in 6/8 meter, “The Peloton” gains momentum until the finish line is crossed in a glorious, climactic musical moment!

thrill ride brian balmagesThrill Ride by Brian Balmages, Grade 1
Fear, anxiety, adrenaline, and a sheer rush of excitement all take center stage in this musical depiction of a rollercoaster ride. After percussion simulate the sound of a lift hill, the ride is off in an action-packed series of drops, turns, and loops. Eventually the riders get their hands up in the air and revel in the unabashed joy of the moment before the ride comes to its end. Unique and powerful!

Email us at instrumental@stantons.com for more suggestions for your concert band, or browse our website for 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.

4-Hand Inspirations by Jay Rouse 11 December, 2019

4-hand inspirations jay rouserecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

4-Hand Inspirations arr. Jay Rouse, for 1 piano/4 hands, Intermediate Difficulty
Piano partners are sure to inspire audiences with these arrangements by Jay Rouse. Designed for use throughout the church year, this collection provides seasonal selections for celebratory and contemplative moments in worship. Titles include: “I Love to Tell the Story,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” “We Three Kings,” “Jesus Paid It All,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear with Away in a Manger,” and “Come, Thou Almighty King.”

Email us at keyboard@stantons.com for more 4-hand repertoire suggestions, or browse our website for ideas. 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.

COMING SOON: January Sacred Choral Reading Session 10 December, 2019

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 11th 2020, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 11th, 2020
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff.

NEW THIS YEAR: This January’s clinic will be held at Stanton’s Sheet Music in the newly renovated James E. Strouse Workshop Hall.

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Judy Henry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a choral staff member for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 on January 11th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Slim Chickens”: Especially for Middle School Jazz Ensemble 09 December, 2019

step lightly joe henderson mike kamufrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Step Lightly by Joe Henderson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 2
An outstanding swing chart that is accessible in every way. The melody is stated by alto, tenor, and trumpet; the tempo is 120 BPM; and the lead trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff. This chart includes written-out suggested solos for tenor 1 and trumpet 2, a sweet shout chorus, and all the usual optional parts plus vibes and clarinet.

Recorda Me (Remember Me) by Joe Henderson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 2.5
One of the best jazz standards arranged in a Latin groove played at 156 BPM. The melody is handled by tenor, trumpet, and guitar with written solos provided for tenor and trumpet. Lead trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff. Optional parts provided for vibraphone, flute, and clarinet.

slim chickens kris bergSlim Chickens by Kris Berg, Grade 2.5
This chart is very accessible for young players with lead trumpet range to written G on top of the staff. It includes written-out suggested solos for tenor 1 and trombone 1 with background figures to support the soloists. It’s a toe-tapper played at around 148 BPM with some nice bari sax parts, a sax soli, and full-sounding ensemble sections.

Blue Groove by Ethan Freier, Grade 2
This blues with a funky groove will be a sure hit with everyone. Classic funk horn lines combine with a driving rhythmic feel to create an instant classic. All “First Place for Jazz” selections feature moderate ranges, notated rhythm section parts, and open solo sections.

u d'bossa rod blumenauU D’Bossa by Rod Blumenau, Grade 2
A beautifully crafted bossa nova that features very colorful harmonies and enouch syncopation to be interesting but still playable by all. A great way to introduce this classic style to players and audiences. All “First Place for Jazz” selections feature moderate ranges, notated rhythm section parts, and open solo sections.

Firewalker by Dean Sorenson, Grade 2
This chart begins with the horns alone and builds to a driving samba. Starts strong and never looks back! All “First Place for Jazz” selections feature moderate ranges, notated rhythm section parts, and open solo sections.

Explore our website for more for your young jazz band, or contact us for ideas! 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.

Four Chord Songs 06 December, 2019

00287263-wlFour Chord Songs Volume 13 with Audio Access
This popular collection for guitar is from the Deluxe Guitar Play-Along series. Audio Access is included, so all 15 songs can be played with backing tracks. Tablature, notes, and chords are included along with the music. The interactive online audio interface includes tempo/pitch control, looping, and buttons to turn backing instruments on and off. Hours of enjoyment can be had as each song gets worked out! Songs include: “Chasing Cars,” “Cruise,” “Demons,” “Hand in My Pocket,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Hey Ya!,” “If I Had $1,000,000,” “Riptide,” “Rude,” “Save Tonight,” “Steal My Girl,” “Steal My Kisses,” “3 AM,” “Toes,” and “Zombie.”

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NEW from Randall Standridge 05 December, 2019

alarm randall standridgerecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Alarm by Randall Standridge, Grade 1.5
Sound the alarms! This bombastic work will make an exciting addition to your next concert and keep your students motivated from rehearsal to rehearsal. Searing dissonances, tri-tones, and syncopated rhythms have been utilized carefully to create a challenging, yet achievable piece with active parts for all players. Sure to be a hit with musicians and audiences alike.

legacy overture randall standridgeLegacy Overture by Randall Standridge, Grade 3
This overture was written in memory of Dr. John Wacker, former Director of Bands at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, who tragically lost his life in a car accident on his way to playing a gig on his trumpet in 2014. Many aspects of Dr. Wacker’s personality are reflected in “Legacy Overture,” including his incredible heart, knowledge, sense of humor, and empathy. Written in a “classic” ABA overture form, the B middle section features a gorgeous trumpet solo. Your students will love preparing and performing this engaging band work!

march of the arachnids randall standridgeMarch of the Arachnids by Randall Standridge, Grade 2.5
“March of the Arachnids” is the second movement in the composer’s “Garden Suite,” following “Frogs” from 2018. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Shoo Fly” serve as its primary melodic material, though given a minor mode and 6/8 twist. Composer Standridge shows off his chops brilliantly by combining the two melodies for a rousing ending. This strikingly original march is perfect for any performance venue and is a fantastic way to teach your students how to play in fast 6/8.

Thrash by Randall Standridge, Grade 3.5-4
This unique and highly aggressive work was inspired by the heavy metal bands of the 1980s. Capturing the driving rhythms, dissonant harmonies, and savage sense of musical motion, this “heavy metal overture” relies on percussion and orchestrated power chords. Wow!

when summer's in the meadow randall standridgeWhen Summer’s in the Meadow arr. Randall Standridge, Grade 1.5
With its title originating in one of the most poignant, nostalgic lines of text in the Irish folk song “Danny Boy.” Standridge has created a dreamily beautiful setting of this beloved song, accessible to young bands. A number of scoring elements elevate this approachable work to a higher musical plane, including a unison clarinet section, well-placed chromatic passing tones, and dramatic counter-melodies. Bands at all levels will want to program this gorgeous arrangement, as the opportunities for expressive music making are nearly endless!

where words end randall standridgeWhere Words End by Randall Standridge, Grade 2
Sometimes, music is not “about” anything. It exists solely for the beautiful sounds it creates and the emotions derived from that aesthetic experience. “Where Words End…” falls firmly into this category of music. This expressive piece makes creative use of the ranges and colors available for young bands to create a truly remarkable new work for students and directors alike. “Where words end, music begins…”

If you need more repertoire ideas for your concert band, contact us to “program with the pros!” 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.

Phantom of the Music Room 04 December, 2019

phantom of the music room janet gardnerrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Phantom of the Music Room: A Mysterious Musical by Janet Gardner
Who or what is that shadowy figure playing the piano in the school music room after dark? Several students and Deputy Barney set out to solve this musical mystery with surprising results. Featuring six songs with clever texts set to musical classics by Chopin, Dvorák, Sousa, and others. This Alfred favorite is newly updated with a fresh engraving and a stellar recording! Recommended for Grades 3 and up. Approximately 30 minutes.

See Cristi Cary Miller present this fun musical at Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic 2019 below, or contact us for more information. 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!

Piano Hymns with a Classical Style 03 December, 2019

hymns with a classical flair phillip keverenrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

Hymns with a Classical Flair arr. Phillip Keveren, for Intermediate Piano
Using classical compositional devices, Phillip Keveren has developed these 15 enduring hymns into character pieces for piano solo. Titles include: “Amazing Grace,” “Blessed Assurance,” “Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Faith of Our Fathers,” “His Eye Is On the Sparrow,” “How Firm a Foundation,” “In the Garden,” “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Rock of Ages,” “Softly and Tenderly,” “Take My Life and Let It Be,” “Were You There?,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

impressionist style service faye lopezAn Impressionist Style Service arr. Faye Lopez, for Late Intermediate Piano
“An Impressionist-Style Service” combines favorite hymns with excerpts from beloved masterworks by Impressionist period composers – Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, and others. These medleys range from prayerful to jubilant and can be used for various types of services. Titles include: “Break Thou the Bread of Life / Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte,” “Give Me Jesus / Palmgren’s May Night,” “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah / Debussy’s Suite bergamasque,” “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say / Granados’s The Maiden and the Nightingale,” “The King of Love My Shepherd Is / Fauré’s Sicilienne,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling / Debussy’s En bateau,” “May Jesus Christ Be Praised (When Morning Gilds the Skies) / Griffes’s Clouds,” “This Is My Father’s World / Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1,” “Were You There / Fauré’s Fantaisie,” and “When I Can Read My Title Clear / Ravel’s Rigaudon.”

Contact us for more valuable suggestions for your worship services, and 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.

New Concert Works for Year-Round Community Bands 02 December, 2019

flying fortress robert w. smithrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Flying Fortress by Robert W. Smith, Grade 3
This stunning fanfare by veteran composer Robert W. Smith was inspired by the historic and legendary Boeing B-17 aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps in World War II. Beginning with a powerful timpani statement, the brass section responds with a bold introductory theme. Strong melodic lines interacting with woodwind flourishes make this piece sound more mature and difficult than the grade level indicates. We highly recommend this majestic fanfare for any concert, festival or ceremonial performance!

la sorella marcia italiano andrew gloverLa Sorella (Marcia Italiano) arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
Marches from all around the world have different styles and sounds indigenous to each country of origin, and Italian marches have long been known and beloved for their melodic appeal and florid countermelodies. “La Sorella” is a famous concert march of Italian origin, available for the first time ever in a concert band arrangement. Audiences will delight to the happy melodies of this classic march. Delightful music from beginning to end!

The New Colossus March by Gene Milford, Grade 4
Inspired by the poem of the same name by American author Emma Lazarus, composer Gene Milford has crafted a wonderful new addition to the concert march repertoire. Written in a standard march format, “The New Colossus March” is sure to excite the crowds and challenge the musicians.

riverside overture robert sheldonRiverside Overture by Robert Sheldon, Grade 4
This spirited overture features tuneful and rhythmic melodies along with some poignant lyrical moments of expression. Bright, bold, and brimming with personality, this work is a great way to open a concert program!

Contact us for more information on these or other works for community band, and 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.