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

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