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Soothing Piano Worship by Phillip Keveren 31 May, 2023

Soothing Piano Worship: 20 Peaceful Sacred Songs for Piano arr. Phillip Keveren
20 mood-setting sacred arrangements for every church pianist. May be used as preludes, offertories, or reflection. Titles include: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Cornerstone,” “Holy Spirit,” “How Great Is Our God,” “King of My Heart,” “Living Hope,” “O Come to the Altar,” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” “What a Beautiful Name,” “Who You Say I Am,” and more.

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JOEL RANEY Coming in August! 30 May, 2023

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 12, 2023
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Joel Raney
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Joel Raney as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Joel Raney started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His love for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama and it continues to strongly influence his music. After completing his degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Northern Alabama, he went on to earn a Masters in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School. As the guiding creative force at Hope Publishing, he has hundreds of titles in print.

Besides his composing and arranging, Joel is a sought-after music clinician, choral conductor, and piano soloist. When not on the road, Joel is Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church in Oak Park, IL. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Elmwood Park with his wife Susie.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 12, 2023
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Joel Raney
$5.00

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

JURASSIC ROCK and More Alternative Titles for Orchestra 26 May, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Jurassic Rock by Katie O’Hara LaBrie, Grade 1.5
Everyone loves to rock out – even Dinosaurs! “Jurassic Rock” by Katie O’Hara LaBrie will have you stomping your feet and bobbing your head to the beat.

Turtlewood Stomp by Matthew Gelfer, Grade 4.5
This rock-inspired work for the string orchestra is challenging but so very rewarding. Students will practice this one with intent!

Violento by Victor López, Grade 2
Give your students the opportunity of playing a piece for beginning strings that is upbeat and full of excitement! “Violento” is an original beginning strings composition by veteran composer Victor López. This exciting work is a forceful and rhythmically driven composition that sounds more difficult than written. A mixture of the danzón – Cuba’s unique genre of song and dance – and basic rhythmic interplay give this piece a unique touch. The inclusive, simple, and repetitious rhythmic patterns will certainly make an energetic statement at your next concert.

Metallurgy by Doug Spata, Grade 1.5
Designed to give students experience reading G and C string notes, this electrifying rock-style piece uses simple rhythms, accents, staccato, and changing dynamics for an exciting effect. Every section gets a chance to play the hard-driving melodies and an optional piano part adds extra support and percussive emphasis. Powerful!

Galaxy Jam by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 1.5
Jam among the stars with “Galaxy Jam,” an inventive rock take on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in E minor. The jam section encourages your students to be creative with instrument percussion improv and solos with suggested notes.

Beathoven by Stephen Spottswood, Grade 4
This hip-hop orchestration incorporates technology and should be played with the audio track (mp3 download) and a speaker. “Beathoven” cleverly combines hip-hop and classical styles. The result is a head bopping, rhythm rocking ensemble piece that ebbs and flows between the 18th century and the 21st century. Teachers can focus on syncopated rhythms, the pentatonic scale, playing with a staccato bow stroke, and making a contrast in dynamics.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

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.

MORE for Community Band 24 May, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Arlington (Where Giants Lie Sleeping) by Paul Murtha, Grade 4
Composed as a tribute to generations of American servicemen and women buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., this powerful and emotional work is a fitting addition to any memorial occasion or patriotic concert. Offstage trumpets announce the opening theme followed by reverent strains and a solemn statement of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” The piece develops and builds gradually, reaching a heroic climax with the familiar hymn “God of Our Fathers” before returning to a quiet and reflective mood as the offstage trumpets return.

Armed Forces: The Pride of America arr. Larry Clark & Greg Gilpin, Grade 3
This is the definitive patriotic armed forces tribute. It features the official songs of all five branches of the Armed Forces, plus The Pledge of Allegiance and The Star-Spangled Banner, with optional audience participation. It even includes parts of Sousa marches as interludes! (The U. S. Army song is the original The Caissons Go Rolling Along version.) This version can be performed as Concert Band with or without Strings, and with piano, SATB, SAB, Two-part, or Men’s Chorus. Reproducible string parts are included.

Lest We Forget by James Swearingen, Grade 3
Dedicated to all of the Veterans who have served to protect our country, “Lest We Forget” is an inspirational original composition by James Swearingen that includes short snippets of several patriotic tunes plus hints of “Taps” and “Auld Lang Syne.” Beautifully crafted and dynamically scored, this expressive piece is sure to be a wonderful addition to any concert program.

Reflections from the Wall by David Shaffer, Grade 3
“Reflections From the Wall” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and is inspired by the men and women who served our country during this conflict. The basis of the music is an emotional representation of the composer’s visit to the Vietnam War Memorial and to the power of this spectacular monument. Opening with a simple depiction of a cloud-covered morning which broadens into a dramatic and powerful “reflection from the wall” as the sun breaks through the clouds. Emotion, reflection and a sincere thanks to those who served are the driving musical elements of this powerful piece. This composition will be received warmly and gratefully by all audiences.

Stone Gardens by Robert W. Smith, Grade 3
“Stone Gardens” is inspired by the beautiful and peaceful gardens of heroes lost and fallen. Beginning with a solo trumpet that conjures memories of conflicts present and past, the piece continues with a beautiful hymn statement paying homage to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. A bold and aggressive statement follows with musical inspiration drawn from campaigns and continents around the globe. Suitable for festival performance, “Stone Gardens” also includes an optional narrator for use at memorial and ceremonial concert events. A wonderful new addition to the repertoire for bands of all levels.

Thank You, Soldiers by Michael & Angela Souders/arr. Jerry Brubaker, Grade 2.5
Patriotism and gratitude prevail in this moving tribute to the men and women of our armed forces. The combined concert band, string orchestra, and full orchestra accompaniment for choir performance of the Internet sensation, “Thank You, Soldiers,” is scored to provide maximum flexibility. Use the instrumentalists available and rest assured that the arrangement will work. Playable and easy to learn, even when in keys new to the string or wind player. As a special touch, project animated images from the optional VideoTrax DVD during performance. Available in three different choral voicings, again for maximum flexibility.

United States Armed Forces Salute arr. Douglas E. Wagner, Grade 3
The selfless commitment to duty of the men and women of our Armed Forces represents everything that is good, honorable, and right about our country – characteristics that make each one of us proud every day to call ourselves an American. In tribute to these stalwart defenders of freedom and liberty, actively serving here or abroad, and those who have ever in the past taken the oath of enlistment and put on the uniform, this medley stands in testament, along with the hearts of a grateful nation. All five Service Songs of the United States Armed Forces are presented in the Department of Defense’s standard order:

  • Army: “The Army Goes Rolling Along”
  • Marine Corps: “The Marines’ Hymn”
  • Navy: “Anchors Aweigh”
  • Air Force: “The U.S. Air Force Song”
  • Coast Guard: “Semper Paratus (Always Ready)”

The arrangement is brought to a thrilling conclusion, recalling the final words of “The Star-Spangled Banner”: “…O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

New TTBB Titles from JOHN RUTTER 22 May, 2023

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

Choral Works for TTBB Choirs by John Rutter
This collection of nine of John Rutter’s most popular choral works, arranged by the composer for tenors and basses, has been carefully compiled to reflect a wide variety of texts and styles. Encompassing both sacred and secular pieces, the collection provides a valuable and attractive body of repertoire for TTBB choirs. Titles include: “A Gaelic Blessing,” “Blow, blow, thou winter wind,” “Candlelight Carol,” “God be in my head,” “Lead, kindly Light,” “Nativity Carol,” “O waly, waly,” “The Lord bless you and keep you,” and “When the saints go marching in.”

Blow, blow, thou winter wind by John Rutter, TTBB with piano
This setting of a song from Act II of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” was originally published as part of Rutter’s cycle “When Icicles Hang.” Here, it has been specially adapted for TTBB choir by the composer, allowing tenors and basses to enjoy this artful, atmospheric setting of a famous Shakespearean extract.

God Be In My Head by John Rutter, TTBB a cappella
This profoundly beautiful setting by John Rutter of one of the earliest English prayers, from the Sarum Primer of 1514, has been specially adapted by the composer for tenors and basses.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

Behind the Compositions: A Composer’s Insight 19 May, 2023

A Composer’s Insight is a five-volume series on major contemporary composers and their works for wind band. Included in each volume are rare, behind-the-notes perspectives acquired from personal interviews with each composer. An excellent resource for conductors, composers or enthusiasts interested in acquiring a richer musical understanding of the composers’ training, compositional approach, musical influences and interpretative ideas.

A Composer’s Insight, Volume 1
With a foreword by Michael Colgrass. Features the music of: Timothy Broege, Michael Colgrass, Michael Daugherty, David Gillingham, John Harbison, Karel Husa, Alfred Reed and others.

A Composer’s Insight, Volume 2
With a foreword by Norman Dello Joio. Features the music of: Leslie Bassett, Norman Dello Joio, Hiroshi Hoshina, Libby Larsen, David Maslanka, Nicholas Maw, Francis McBeth, Ron Nelson, H. Owen Reed, Jan Van der Roost, and Gregory Youtz.

A Composer’s Insight, Volume 3
Features the music of: Richard Rodney Bennett, Warren Benson, Roger Cichy, John Corigliano, David Holsinger, Roger Nixon, Bernard Rands, Philip Sparke, Frank Ticheli, Michael Weinstein, and John Zdechlik.

A Composer’s Insight, Volume 4
Features the music of: Samuel Adler, David Bedford, Daniel Bukvich, David Del Tredici, Eric Ewazen, Walter Hartley, Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Joan Tower, Joseph Turrin, Dan Welcher and Dana Wilson.

A Composer’s Insight, Volume 5
Features the music of: William Bolcom, Andrew Boysen, Jr., Steven Bryant, David Dzubay, Chen Qian, Adam Gorb, Jennifer Higdon, John Mackey, Jonathan Newman, Carter Pann, Christopher Rouse, and Rolf Rudin.

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Building Repertoire with JAZZ PLAY-ALONG Collections 17 May, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Four & More, Volume 65 by Jamey Aebersold
More high energy, finger poppin’ favorites from the Hammond B-3 organ or Hank Marr. Here, Hank and Steve come in swingin’ from note one and make each song a real thrill to play. Many of these Standards are as well known as you’ll ever find. Increase your jazz repertoire and have a “blast” in the process.

Billy Strayhorn Lush Life, Volume 66 by Jamey Aebersold
Billy Strayhorn is one of the best-loved yet underrated composers of jazz. His famous collaborations with and for the Duke Ellington band have become some of jazz’s most enduring standards, and now for the first time you can discover for yourself Strayhorn’s unique and beautiful style. Discover why Ellington felt such an affinity for this man’s compositions.

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

Dexter Gordon, Volume 60 arr. Mark Taylor & Jim Roberts
Titles include: “Blow Mr. Dexter,” “The Chase, Parts 1 & 2,” “Dexter Digs In,” “Dexter Rides Again,” “Dexter’s Minor Mad,” “Dexter’s Riff,” “Dexterity,” “Long Tall Dexter,” “Settin’ the Pace,” and “So Easy.”

On Green Dolphin Street, Volume 103 arr. Mark Taylor
Titles include: “Dear Old Stockholm,” “Gypsy in My Soul,” “I Hear a Rhapsody,” “Ill Wind (You’re Blowin’ Me No Good),” “Mean to Me,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Pure Imagination,” “Robbin’s Nest,” “Rosetta,” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.”

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Everyone Loves a Story 15 May, 2023

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

Everyone Loves a Story (Bringing Books to Life Through Music) by Abigail Blair & Kathryn Finch
Everyone loves a story, but when children’s literature is given a musical twist, magic happens. General music teachers Kathryn Finch and Abigail Blair invite you to view picture books through a new lens, one that gives each book a musical purpose. Each lesson offers strategies for introducing a specific book, bringing it to life through music, and then exploring the music concept introduced in the lesson more deeply. Not only do Kathryn and Abigail offer lessons for your students, they share how they think about literature lessons, from finding great books and discovering the hidden lessons within them to creating a full-fledged lesson sequence. This book is the best of both worlds: well-sequenced lessons for your students and professional development for you!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

A Celtic Collection 12 May, 2023

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

A Celtic Collection arr. Emily Crocker & John Leavitt, TTB/TBB a cappella
Emily Crocker and John Leavitt have a long and successful track record of writing for developing young men’s choirs. Here is another in this line and it includes arrangements of traditional Celtic songs and a couple of originals. Titles include: “I’ll Tell Me Ma,” “Kelvingrove,” “Loch Lomond,” “Star of the County Down,” “Wild Mountain Thyme,” and “Ye Banks and Braes.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

Relaxing Easy Piano Music 10 May, 2023

River Flows in You
24 piano favorites arranged so that even beginning players can sound great. Includes the title work and: “All of Me,” “Ballade Pour Adeline,” “Bella’s Lullaby,” “Cristofori’s Dream,” “Forrest Gump – Main Title (Feather Theme),” “Hymn,” “Il Postino (The Postman),” “Jessica’s Theme (Breaking in the Colt),” “The John Dunbar Theme,” “Nadia’s Theme,” “Neverland – Piano Variations in Blue,” “Somewhere in Time,” and more.

First 50 Relaxing Songs You Should Play on Piano
If you’re anxious to put those piano lessons to work, here are 50 calming pieces to play while you continue your studies! Songs are arranged for easy piano with lyrics and include: “Bella’s Lullaby,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Brian’s Song,” “Chariots of Fire,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Dawn,” “Fields of Gold,” “Gabriel’s Oboe,” “Imagine,” “Longer,” “Mia & Sebastian’s Theme,” “New York State of Mind,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Time After Time,” “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Yesterday,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” • and more!

Beautiful Easy Piano Instrumentals
This new collection for easy piano has everything you need to enjoy playing your favorite solos right away! Features 24 beautiful piano instrumentals presented in musically-satisfying arrangements with melody, original harmonies, and easy-to-read rhythms. Titles include: “Back to Life,” “Beyond,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Courage of the Wind,” “Crossroads,” “A Day Without Rain,” “The Heart Asks Pleasure First,” “I Giorni,” “If You Believe,” “La Valse D’Amelie,” “Leaves on the Seine,” “Love,” “Morning Passages,” “Music Box Dancer,” “Nuvole Bianche,” “One Man’s Dream,” “The Park on Piano,” “Return to the Heart,” “Romances,” “Such Good Luck,” “Sur le Fil,” “Together We Will Live Forever,” “With Malice Toward None,” and “Zanarkand.”

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30th Annual Excellence in Choral Literature 09 May, 2023

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 26, 2023
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 30th annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon. Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

Grand Pursuit! Adventurous Titles for Orchestra 08 May, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Grand Pursuit by Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
Written to reinforce dotted quarter/eighth note patterns, “Grand Pursuit” by Michael Kamuf features contrasting melodies, bold harmonies, and a fun, groove-oriented development section that combine to create a piece both your students and audiences will enjoy.

Sea Squall by Eric B. Davis, Grade 3
“Sea Squall” is about the journey of a ship traveling across turbulent seas. As the piece progresses, variations of the primary theme change like the winds: sometimes calm and safe, sometimes stormy and powerful. Contrasting dynamics and articulations undulate like an unpredictable storm on the high seas.

Adventure by Liam Ramsey-White, Grade 1.5
Grab your sword, don your armor, and raise your shields. This is the beginning of a great adventure! Liam-Ramsey White has given younger musicians something truly fun to play!

On the Open Seas by Susan H. Day, Grade 1.5
“On the Open Seas” is an exciting new sea chantey by Susan H. Day. Written because sea-faring voyagers are always looking for their next adventure on the open seas! This piece is written in E minor, 4/4 time, and features a spirited, memorable melody, detache bowing, easy rhythms, accents, pizzicato, and fun for all! Bass and cello double, and viola rhythms double 2nd violin rhythms throughout for ease of teaching. Optional piano adds harmonic color. Perfect for any concert occasion, students and teachers will want to keep performing this one!

The Lost City by Seth Gamba, Grade 2
“The Lost City” will inspire your students to create a musical story about ancient and forgotten civilizations. “The Lost City” is proud and grand, with sweeping landscapes and a strong sense of an older time. The musical tale will engage imaginations as the students perform. “The Lost City” explores E natural minor without accidentals. Two-part writing allows all instruments to play melody and harmony. Some independent movement creates depth and passing tones. The music’s character results from accents, slurs, hooked bows, and E minor tonality, which will bring “The Lost City” to life for your string orchestra.

Galaxy Jam by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 1.5
Jam among the stars with “Galaxy Jam,” an inventive rock take on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in E minor. The jam section encourages your students to be creative with instrument percussion improv and solos with suggested notes.

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About the Authors:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

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 Invitation: New Titles for Communion 05 May, 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

The Invitation (from Divine Encounter) by Craig Courtney, SATB with organ or piano and optional string quartet, brass sextet, or orchestra
The first movement of Craig Courtney’s trilogy, “Divine Encounter,” is a song in which God invites us to receive His bounty. The first verse of Isaiah 55 is expressed as a celebration rather than the meditative, lyric manner found in most settings. In contrast, the setting of the sixth verse is regal, earnest and authoritative and the architecture of the movement is built upon the contrast between these two styles. Suitable for use on its own, or as part of the three-movement work; effective in both worship and concert settings.

In Remembrance of Me by Lloyd Larson, SATB with piano
A portrait of the Last Supper is simply and beautifully painted in this appealing anthem, based on lyrics of Mary Kay Beall and the music of Lloyd Larson. Modest vocal demands, a memorable melody and a stirring text. Suitable for Holy Week or Communion.

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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 20 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 and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

FIVE STAR FEATURES for Community Band 03 May, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

All the Pretty Little Horses arr. Jason K. Nitsch, Grade 3
One of most hauntingly beautiful folk songs is given a fresh new modern treatment by composer Jason K. Nitsch. Jason keeps the mysterious integrity of the song, while adding colorful timbres and textures in winds and percussion, along with creative harmonic choice. This is simply beautiful!

Cascading Trumpets by Albert O. Davis, Grade 3
For trumpet or flute quartet and band, “Cascading Trumpets” by Albert O. Davis is a bright, shimmering cascade of excitement. Scored to allow either ensemble to be heard well, both band and ensemble parts are accessible and interesting.

The Country Club Stomp! by Jarod Hall, Grade 3
Experience a New Orleans vibe with this exciting, parade-inspired crowd pleaser! A celebration of music, life, and love, this piece has an infectious rhythmic groove and spirited melody. Elements of jazz occur throughout, and there is strong reference to the West African circle dances from which this music evolved. Stellar writing that is fun, catchy, informative, and spirited!

For Country and Courage by Travis J. Weller, Grade 2
A perfect piece for that upcoming patriotic concert! Travis J. Weller has given us a wonderfully accessible piece for developing bands.

The Children’s Ball by John Philip Sousa/arr. Loras John Schissel, Grade 4
Sousa wrote much more than marches. This particular work arranged by Loras John Schissel is from a suite entitled “Camera Studies: Music for an Imaginary Film.” It is clearly Sousa but not the Sousa of the famous marches. A fascinating and engaging work!

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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

JOEL RANEY Coming This Summer! 02 May, 2023

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 12, 2023
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Larry Shackley
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Joel Raney as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Joel Raney started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His love for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama and it continues to strongly influence his music. After completing his degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Northern Alabama, he went on to earn a Masters in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School. As the guiding creative force at Hope Publishing, he has hundreds of titles in print.

Besides his composing and arranging, Joel is a sought-after music clinician, choral conductor, and piano soloist. When not on the road, Joel is Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church in Oak Park, IL. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Elmwood Park with his wife Susie.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 12, 2023
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Joel Raney
$5.00

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

THE PIANO GUYS Hit Singles for Piano 01 May, 2023

The Piano Guys: Hit Singles for Solo Piano
The Piano Guys are known for their creative and fun arrangements of popular tunes. Now you can add some of that flair to your playing with this collection of 12 fun favorites as performed by the Piano Guys! Each song is arranged for piano solo with chord symbols.

Titles include: “As It Was,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “Eye of the Tiger,” “Ghost,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Perfect,” “September,” “Someone Like You,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Unstoppable,” and “When You’re Gone.”

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