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american fiddle tune variations carl strommenrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

American Fiddle Tune Variations by Carl Strommen, Grade 4
“Turkey in the Straw” is a well-known American folk song from the early 19th century. It is suggested that the first part of the song was derived from the ballad “My Grandmother Lived in Yonder Little Green,” which was further derived from the Irish ballad, “The Old Rose Tree.” Originally written for fiddle players, it was first popularized in the 1820’s by touring minstrel shows.

American River Portrait by Brant Karrick, Grade 4
“American River Portrait” is a wonderful sonic tapestry based upon the famous song by Stephen Foster. Composer Brant Karrick has created a stunningly beautiful setting of this song with interesting, lush, and unique harmonies. This is truly a one-of-a-kind musical presentation that will naturally develop the musicianship of your advancing ensemble. It is a perfect example of why the music of Brant Karrick has become a staple on state music lists around the country.

chorale from concord clare grundmanChorale from “Concord” by Clare Grundman, Grade 3
Commissioned by The United States Marine Band and premiered in 1987, Clare Grundman’s “Concord” has remained a staple in the wind band repertoire. The middle section of this work is a beautiful chorale based on the early hymn “America” composed by William Billings. Adapted here as a stand alone piece for younger bands, this is a stunning example of lyric writing and glorious harmonies.

Songs from the Great War arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
Marking the centennial of World War I, also known as “The Great War,” this medley highlights seven songs popular during this era: “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary,” “Good Morning, Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip,” “Roses Of Picardy,” “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm?” “Keep The Home Fires Burning,” “Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag,” and “Over There!” Perfect for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or any concert situation, and especially well-suited for adult community bands.

star spangled banner ed huckebyThe Star-Spangled Banner arr. Ed Huckeby, Grade 3
Ed Huckeby’s concert setting of the National Anthem is bold, creative, and filled with patriotic energy. Using an imaginative mixture of 3/4 and 4/4, the rhythms and harmonies are always respectful to the original melody, yet distinctly fresh and innovative. An optional vocal/choral part is included. This arrangement is destined to become an absolute “standard” favorite for your ensemble members and audience.

A Voyage to Freedom by James Swearingen, Grade 2.5
History was made in 1620 when a merchant ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England. Typically, the cargo would have consisted of wine and dry goods, but on this trip the ship carried 102 passengers, all of them seeking to start a new life on the far side of the Atlantic. It should be noted that this musical adventure includes all the literary ingredients that make for a fascinating story: freedom, survival, reflection, hope and the remarkable feeling of triumph.

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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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