News & Views Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Category: Concert Band

Make Music Day 2019 21 June, 2019

OrchestraOn June 21st over 1,000 cities in more than 120 countries will be celebrating Make Music Day from sunup to sundown. This all day festival welcomes everybody to make music anywhere! Play outside or on social media, just MAKE MUSIC!

France started Fête De La Musique in 1982 to celebrate free and live music everywhere with everyone. Translated, Fête De La Musique means both “festival of music” and “make music!” Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, was chosen for the new holiday. Make Music Day has grown in such popularity that it shuts down the streets in France so musicians may take over!

Make Music Day can be organized as a small back yard concert or as a national event. The NAMM Foundation took up the US sponsorship of Make Music Day. They have resources for those who want to host an event. You can even join their Make Music Alliance to get assistance in promotion, sponsorship, and tech support – visit makemusicday.org if you want to know more.

This is Stanton’s Sheet Music’s third year participating in Make Music Day. Each year, we leave our recital hall open to those who would like to make music. This year, we are featuring some of our very own Sheet Music Specialists as our featured musicians. Catch any of our performances on our Facebook page!

If you participate from home, consider sharing your performance on social media and giving us a shout out! Feel free to tag us and use these hashtags to reach more people!

#makethemostmusic #MakeMusicDay

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From the Silver Screen: For Community Band 05 June, 2019

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Highlights from A Star Is Born arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the latest movie version of “A Star Is Born” brings this poignant story to life with dramatic and moving new songs. Includes: “Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “I’ll Never Love Again,” “Maybe It’s Time,” and “Is That Alright?”

A Star Is Born (Medley) arr. Michael Story, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Embracing the most recent epic remake of the musical romantic drama, this medley seamlessly weaves three iconic and compelling yet diverse melodies, including “Black Eyes,” “Look What I Found,” and “Shallow.” Performed by Lady Gaga and actor/director Bradley Cooper, you will bring the musical passion of this blockbuster film score to your concert stage.

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Paul Murtha, for Grade 2 Concert Band
From the movie “A Star Is Born,” here is an easy arrangement of the breakout hit by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Using a nice variety of scoring textures this arrangement starts gently with a flute solo on the melody, followed by the horns and saxes, a brief trumpet solo, and finally the entire ensemble. Beautifully done for young players.

alfred-47413-fI’ll Never Love Again (from A Star Is Born) arr. Michael Kamuf, for Grade 2 Concert Band
From the blockbuster movie “A Star Is Born” and performed by Lady Gaga, this remarkable power ballad has been given an expressive yet dramatic setting for young band. Optional piano, bass, and drum set parts will add varying and authentic textures. Destined to become a favorite selection for students and audiences alike.

Selections from The Incredibles 2 arr. Paul Murtha, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Featuring familiar themes from the original “Incredibles” movie along with entertaining new themes, this is a terrific sounding medley filled with high energy and a jazzy flavor.

At the Movies: The Musicals arr. Justin Williams, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Musicals and movies are a match made in heaven! “Mamma Mia,” “La La Land,” and “Chicago” are three timeless masterpieces of this immensely popular genre. Incorporating “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia” and “Sebastian’s Theme,” and “Overture/And All That Jazz,” this great medley provides a memorable and exciting journey into the wonderland of movie musicals.

leon-04005291-fPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Soundtrack Highlights) arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
From the 2017 installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, the soundtrack by Geoff Zanelli features powerful themes that effectively capture the emotions of the film. Here’s a well-paced and dramatic medley for the concert stage.

Singin’ in the Rain arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Gene Kelly’s performance of this song in the 1952 movie of the same name has become an iconic favorite through the years. Here is a fabulous setting for concert band inspired by this classic version.

Black Panther (Soundtrack Highlights) arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
From the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” comes an equally powerful score by Ludwig Goransson. This dynamic medley for band features important themes including “Ancestral Plane,” “Waterfall Fight,” “Killmonger,” and “United Nations/End Titles.”

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.

Sound Percussion 10 December, 2018

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Sound Percussion by Dave Black & Chris Bernotas
Part of the Sound Innovations family, Sound Percussion fills the need for a comprehensive percussion method that provides a clear progression of notes, rhythms, and skills that can be used for group or individual lessons. Sound Percussion has a clear and flexible approach with plenty of reinforcement.

Sound Percussion contains six sections covering everything from setting up the instruments to percussion ensemble performance, including:
• Sound Rhythm
• Sound Meter
• Sound Rudiments
• Sound Rolls
• Sound Effects
• Sound Performance
Directors can work through the book(s) progressively, or jump from section-to-section in order to address the specific educational needs of their students. The mallet book, however is more sequential by nature of note introduction.

Skills are introduced with a backward-by-design approach. Learning goals are first identified, and then exercises are logically designed with obtainable steps that lead you toward achieving that goal. This is particularly helpful for mallet note recognition and snare drum rolls.

Sound Percussion is a comprehensive resource that’s perfect for teaching your students the fundamentals necessary to becoming well-rounded percussionists. Books available for: Teacher’s Score, Snare Drum and Bass Drum, Mallet Percussion, Timpani, and Accessory Instruments.

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.

Tuned In 26 November, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

fjh-bb212cs-fTuned In: A Comprehensive Approach to Band Intonation by Brian Balmages & Robert Herrings
Good intonation is one of the most important foundations of music. This book includes a downloadable set of drones in every key for use in combination with the exercises provided. Playing with drones helps musicians better understand pitch tendencies and further develops the ear.

“Tuned In” contains comprehensive studies in every major and minor key featuring:
• Chromatic Intervals
• Interval Tuning
• Chorales that isolate the same pitch in every section
• Drone exercises in major and minor
• Descending triad exercises that explore major, minor and diminished chords

All major and minor scales with suggested drone pitches are included (or use the downloadable option), as well as over 30 chorales with block chord studies.

Several recommended tuning notes for every instrument provide a complete picture of intonation via whole instrument tuning, and whole section and whole band tuning chorales allow you to get a quick snapshot of your band’s intonation and instantly hear any sections that are out of tune!

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.

Beyond the Chorale: New Warm Ups for Concert Band 16 November, 2018

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Beyond the Chorale by David R. Gillingham & Dennis W. Fisher
The age-old dilemma of finding appropriate warm-up pieces/studies for the symphonic band is now made much easier. No longer will bands need to play through a multitude of short, homorhythmic, single-textured four-part settings of chorales. “Beyond the Chorale” is a collection of 10 short, miniature concert pieces with a variety of styles, textures, timbral combinations, tonalities, rhythms, harmonies, and melodic material that transcend the traditional “warm-up” by offering many other pedagogical challenges that are guaranteed to raise the musicality of any band.

This is the missing “bridge” between the daily regimented warm-up and the music that makes up our curriculum.

These creative works and corresponding pedagogical content provide real-time application of principles that can be carried forward into rehearsal and performance, no matter the grade level.

“Beyond the Chorale” is a collection of pieces so musically compelling that they easily serve multiple simultaneous functions, including warm-up, technique building, intonation enhancement, sight-reading, and much more. Enjoy…and profit.

barn-rws-1826-00-fDeveloping Band Warm-Up by Robert W. Smith
The search is over for the ideal daily warm-up routine for your developing band. Master composer and music educator Robert W. Smith has constructed a complete warm-up for your growing musicians. Tone quality, intonation, articulation, flexibility, dexterity, and expression, are all addressed and exercised in this efficient warm-up that fits on a single page your student’s folder.

Steps to Success by Kim Benson & James Swearingen
Are you searching for a quick, yet highly efficient warm-up routine for your younger players? Then search no more. In less than five minutes, lip slurs, mini-scales, intervals, rhythm patterns and chorales can all be addressed. Using these exercises will instill a lifelong understanding of why warming up is important. In addition, students will instantly become more focused as you transition into your valuable rehearsal/teaching time. Kim Benson and James Swearingen, two well-respected music educators, have teamed up to make your instruction more effective, your musicians stronger and your program highly successful. A must-have for today’s approach to teaching instrumental music! Also available in a second volume, More Steps to Success.

leon-527409Tuning Chorales for Band Volume 1 by Richard L. Saucedo
Drawing on his many years of experience building nationally acclaimed band programs and also his work as a successful guest conductor and clinician, Richard Saucedo has created a much-needed set of key-based chorales. These chorales incorporate the concept of drones (included on every part), and in addition to helping your ensemble focus on tuning these are great for developing tone, balance and phrasing. Volume 1 includes three chorales: Bb major, D minor, Eb major.

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.

“A Glorious Christmas” – Grade 3+ for Concert Band 24 October, 2018

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A Christmas Bell Carol arr. Randall D. Standridge, Grade 3
When arranging a familiar holiday favorite, the challenge is always to hear it in a completely new way. As more and more versions of these well-known classics flood the market every year, it becomes harder to see each tune in a new light. This setting takes the popular Ukrainian Bell Carol and uses it to create a gentle presentation in the style of a lyric lullaby that truly reflects the peaceful and most appealing sounds of the season.

A Glorious Christmas by Larry Neeck, Grade 3
Ring in the holidays with this very playable and musical work based on traditional Christmas carols! The music sparkles with bright woodwind colors, powerful brass, plenty of percussion, and real holiday spirit. Effective, yet easy to prepare, “A Glorious Christmas” is the perfect choice for your next holiday concert.

leon-00277821-fCarol of the Drum arr. Floyd Werle/ed. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3.5
This publication marks the first edition of the Floyd Werle classic arrangement for modern band, including a full score. Edited by R. Mark Rogers.

Christmas Trees Around the World by John M. Pasternak, Grade 3.5
Prepare your audiences to travel around the globe with “Christmas Trees Around the World.” This arrangement of the classic “O Christmas Tree” features creative variations from cultures around the world.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing arr. John M. Pasternak, Grade 3.5
This rock and roll-inspired setting of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is incredibly creative and sure to liven your holiday concert. Featuring infectious syncopated rhythms, a clarinet section feature at the beginning sets the tone and a driving percussion section keeps the energy moving throughout.

leon-00277811-fMarch of the Toys arr. Nathan Jones, Grade 2.5
This Victor Herbert classic has been thoughtfully reimagined in this new arrangement for young band by Nathan Jones. Parts have been tailored to better suit the abilities of developing players, considering all aspects of performance including range, rhythms, time signature, key, and overall length while keeping the overall feeling and charm of this holiday favorite!

A Rollicking Hanukkah by Randall D. Standridge, Grade 2.5
Hold on for this whimsical work intended to paint the picture of a person galloping by horse across a snowy plain to a Hanukkah celebration. The songs “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” “The Dreidel Song,” and “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov” are heard as the celebrants draw closer and closer to their destination. A Hannukah celebration unlike any other!

A Solitary Wish by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5-3
This emotional and reflective work paints a stunning picture of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a homeless person on a street corner. The music relies heavily on a juxtaposition of the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and “Greensleeves,” painting a picture of a lonely person who is eventually joined by others. Ultimately, a quartet performs in dramatic fashion before switching to a final duet, leaving the homeless person with a granted wish – company. A stunning and unique work that brings incredible awareness to the holidays and the true spirit of giving.

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.

“A Letter to Santa” – Grade 0.5-2.5 for Concert Band 16 October, 2018

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Band on the Housetop arr. Timothy Loest, Grade 0.5
You’ve heard of a fiddler on the roof? Well, how about a band on the housetop! Feature the entire band, section by section, at your next winter concert. Using just six notes, this new arrangement of an old holiday favorite is cleverly scored so that any group, including ensembles with limited instrumentation, will sound rich and full. A perfect format for bolstering group confidence while promoting section independence!

Joy! (A Holiday Fanfare) arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 1
Open or close your holiday concert with this fanfare setting of two holiday favorites that include, “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Joy to the World.” Lively and cheerful, it’s a delightful way to usher in the season.

fjh-b1734-fTwo Renaissance Noels arr. Mekel Rogers, Grade 1
Featuring two holiday songs from Renaissance France, this composition provides a great contrasting selection for your winter concert, but is also effective at other times of the year. Easy ranges and light technical demands allow students to develop more musical concepts such as phrasing, style and dynamics. A very authentic-sounding, yet playable setting!

A Jamaican Christmas arr. Michael Story, Grade 1
Heat up your holiday program with this charming arrangement fusing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with Caribbean flair. It’s straightforward and playable in a laid-back reggae style. Merry Christmas, mon!

A Letter to Santa arr. Timothy Loest, Grade 1
This magical work for student narrator(s) and band brings to life the centuries old tradition of writing a letter to Santa. Beginning with “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and ending with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” each gift request is followed by a delightfully arranged carol including “Ring Little Bells,” “Jingle Bells,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Silent Night,” “O Christmas Tree,” “I Have a Little Dreidel,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” An adorable yuletide gem destined to be the hit of your next holiday program!

barn-024-4629-00-fA Fireside Christmas by Rob Romeyn, Grade 1.5
Beautiful and expressive, the traditional carol “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” is the basis for this lovely, lyrical holiday selection for beginning band. In addition to being very playable, care was taken to ensure success even with the most limited of instrumentations. Moving lines and opportunities abound for the development of lyrical phrasing, making this an outstanding teaching selection, as each section has the opportunity to perform melodically.

Selections from Suite of Carols by Leroy Anderson/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, Grade 2
Selected from Leroy Anderson’s 1955 arrangements of the same name for brass choir, woodwind ensemble, and string orchestra, these four cherished holiday carols demonstrate his rich musical tradition. The medley includes “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Wassail Song.” Scored as a through-played medley, the many teaching opportunities make this setting a perfect program piece for your winter concert.

alfred-46626-fHeart, Soul and Voice arr. Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
A fantasia on “In Dulci Jubilo,” this setting includes each of the three melodic statements building in orchestration and intensity, taking both the musicians and audiences on a musical expedition. With both expressive and energetic elements, this piece is a solid musical choice for both holiday concerts and festival programs!

Santa On Parade arr. Gene Milford, Grade 2
Everyone loves a parade, including Old Saint Nick, whether it is at the North Pole or marching down Main Street. “Santa On Parade” includes three traditional Christmas songs in march style (“Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “O, Christmas Tree”) and brief quotations from four famous marches (“High School Cadets,” “The Thunderer,” “National Emblem,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”). This crowd favorite is an excellent choice for any holiday concert!

March of the Toys arr. Nathan Jones, Grade 2.5
This Victor Herbert classic has been thoughtfully reimagined in this new arrangement for young band by Nathan Jones. Parts have been tailored to better suit the abilities of developing players, considering all aspects of performance including range, rhythms, time signature, key, and overall length while keeping the overall feeling and charm of this holiday favorite!

fjh-b1740-fA Rollicking Hanukkah by Randall D. Standridge, Grade 2.5
Hold on for this whimsical work intended to paint the picture of a person galloping by horse across a snowy plain to a Hanukkah celebration. The songs “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” “The Dreidel Song,” and “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov” are heard as the celebrants draw closer and closer to their destination. A Hannukah celebration unlike any other!

A Solitary Wish by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5-3
This emotional and reflective work paints a stunning picture of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a homeless person on a street corner. The music relies heavily on a juxtaposition of the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and “Greensleeves,” painting a picture of a lonely person who is eventually joined by others. Ultimately, a quartet performs in dramatic fashion before switching to a final duet, leaving the homeless person with a granted wish – company. A stunning and unique work that brings incredible awareness to the holidays and the true spirit of giving.

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.

“Silent Night” 200th Anniversary 03 October, 2018

maxresdefault (1)“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xavier Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria.

In 2018, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of this lovely carol, and festivals and events are planned in commemoration around the world. If you plan to program “Silent Night” for your ensemble this holiday season, use Stanton’s powerful search filter to find the perfect arrangement for you! From the stantons.com homepage, use the search box in the upper right corner to search “silent night.” You’ll get over 600 results! The search filter options on the left will help you narrow your search – filter by instrument/voicing, arranger, publisher, and more. Use the Five Star Feature filter to find the best arrangements as selected by our experienced Sheet Music Specialists!

Here are just a few of our favorite arrangements for various ensembles:
arr. Eric Nelson for church choir
arr. Becki Slagle Mayo for children’s choir
arr. Betty Garee for handbells
arr. Greg Gilpin for high school choir
arr. Jonny Priano for contemporary a cappella ensemble
arr. Jeffrey E. Turner for string orchestra
arr. Chip Davis/adapt. Calvin Custer for full orchestra
arr. Mark Taylor for jazz ensemble
arr. Jim Swearingen for concert band

Spooky Choices for Concert Band 25 September, 2018

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Dark Ride by Randall D. Standridge, Grade 1.5
A moonlit chase through a darkened forest… A haunted galop-esque character that adds to the thrill… This exciting work features dissonant harmonies, driving percussion, and optional synthesizer to create everything from an organ to voices and an eerie harpsichord. A frighteningly good choice to offer a little something different on your next concert!

The Secret Laboratory by Franklin D. Adams Jr., Grade 1.5
Late one stormy night in a dusty old mansion, a mad scientist is hard at work in his hidden laboratory. The moments tick by as he waits for just the right opportunity to harness the power of the lightning storm…explore the mysteries of “The Secret Laboratory!”

barn-rws-1813-00-fDragon Bones by Brian Bankston, Grade 1.5
Transport your audience to another realm with this exciting musical adventure. A strong heroic melody and a simple syncopated rhythm are used to create this powerful work based on mankind’s fascination with tales of the mythical dragon. It is sure to leave a lasting impression on your students and is full of great teaching opportunities.

Danny Elfman: Music in the Dark arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
The film music of Danny Elfman is often dark and sinister, but always unique and interesting. This entertaining medley for young players includes themes from “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Spider-Man,” and “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

alfred-46624-fEscapade at Twilight by Michael Kamuf, Grade 2
This exciting and bold original new work for developing bands contains lyrical themes, dissonant harmonies, and a sinister development section combined to create a musical story of a late night adventure that’s gone…well, a little awry! Perfect as an opening or closing selection, your students will enjoy performing this work…but let’s be careful out there!

The Masque of the Red Death Michael Story, Grade 2
Based on the 1842 Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name, this musically colorful depiction will engage your students adding cross-curricular significance to reading the story. Those familiar will recognize the clock striking midnight at the masquerade ball. Highly programmatic and compelling!

Midnight Fair by David Bobrowitz, Grade 2.5
It’s midnight, and all the creatures of the night are gathering for some playful mischief. The instrumentation in this imaginative work constantly evolves, suggesting ghostly apparitions sliding in and out of the magic soundscape. There’s fun for all in this delightfully eerie selection!

grandm-gmm411-fWaltzing with Dragons by Gavin Lendt, Grade 2.5
“Waltzing with Dragons” is a medieval fantasy inspired work for band that harkens back to a more ancient era with its use of modal harmonies. The piece attempts to place the listener in the midst of a medieval festival where one may overhear stories of ancient dragons and battles. The composer’s skills are evident as this lilting waltz unfolds, and both your students and audience will be delighted by this piece that is approachable for middle school and beyond.

Dr. Mayhem by Jeremy Bell, Grade 2.5
Chaos! Destruction! Mayhem! What more could an evil genius ask for? “Dr. Mayhem! and his No-good Nefarious Plot to Destroy L.A.” is a rambunctious, fun, and bombastic work for young bands, ripped from the pages of your favorite super-villain comic book! A quirky and entertaining work that will challenge your young musicians, with changing time signatures, variation of styles requiring performers to switch between playing with heavy accents and a more legato feel. The piece is written with varying sections that feature the low brass and woodwinds, and alternate focus between the treble and bass instruments. Guaranteed to spell doom for boredom in band class!

alfred-46634-fThe Mountain arr. Bob Phillips, Grade 3
Great for the holidays like all TSO pieces – yet based on classical music, so also fitting for any pops concert! Based upon “Mars, the Bringer of War” from The Planets by Gustav Holst and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Greig, this energetic setting of beloved favorites will rock your concert. Includes optional electric guitar, electric violin, electric bass, percussion, and piano parts. For a great opener or closer, this piece can be combined with the corresponding string arrangement. A compelling and unique addition to your holiday program or any pops concert.

A Ride Through the Haunted Mansion by Bryce Newton, Grade 3
A fun and creative composition designed to reinforce 6/8 compound meter. Interesting harmonies and an eerie mood will peak the interest and imaginations of your students and audiences alike. A very enjoyable musical experience to enhance the musicianship of your students!

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.

Six Resources to Protect Your Hearing in Rehearsal 18 July, 2018

Wearing ear plugs is something few performing musicians do. We worry about communication and our effectiveness in playing, so we tend to forgo the plugs – but AFTER experiencing hearing loss is not the time to start worrying about protection. Here are some educational resources to help you protect one of your most valuable musical assets – your hearing!

New Rock & Pop Arrangements for Band 16 July, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

FOR ELEMENTARY BAND
alfred-46616-fFeel It Still arr. Michael Kamuf, Grade 1.5
From their album Woodstock, indie band Portugal. The Man has crossed over into the pop charts with this infectious and energetic tune that sat at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs charts for 13 weeks. Your students will love playing this driving and fun arrangement. This selection makes a perfect concert closer!

Short Cuts for Beginning Band Vol. 5 arr. Michael Story, Grade 1
A sure fit for your beginners using just the basics, this suite features Bruno Mars’ “Treasure,” “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III, Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” and closes with “And All That Jazz” from Chicago. Each theme is focused toward a specific instructional objective and is extremely performable. The tunes can be programmed all at once or throughout your school year.

FOR JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND
leon-04005416-fSee You Again arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Featured in the hit movie “Furious 7” and recorded by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, this rock ballad has a memorable melody and nice rhythmic feel. Here is a very effective setting for young band by Johnnie Vinson.

Enter Sandman arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
From heavy metal masters Metallica, this 1991 hit has become a rock standard. Paul’s powerful arrangement for band effectively captures the hard-driving feel of the original.

Ready for It arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
Taylor Swift is rockin’ the pop charts again with this monster hit from her CD reputation. Here is an effective version for band featuring the gritty opening and catchy melodies.

alfred-46628-fThat’s What I Like arr. Michael Story, Grade 2
Bruno Mars never disappoints with his upbeat, happy tunes, each with a charismatic ear-wig that keeps them coming back for more. This straightforward arrangement meets that standard and is a bold addition to any middle or junior high program. It would be a welcome addition to a high school concert as well. Everyone will enjoy this chart topper on your next performance.

Thinking Out Loud arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2
Recorded by pop sensation Ed Sheeran, this great-sounding arrangement for young players features a moderate rock tempo and the melody skillfully passed around to various sections of the band.

Thunder arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
As suggested by the title, this powerful rock hit from Imagine Dragons has a thundering pulse and strong melodic lines throughout. Nicely adapted here for band by Paul Murtha.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL BAND
alfred-46637-fBruno Mars On Tour arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 3.5
Three of Bruno Mars’s biggest hits are combined in this catchy arrangement including the funky “24K Magic,” the hip-hop style of “That’s What I Like,” and the disco style “Treasure.” With these diverse styles, an opportunity for an introductory solo, and a varied representation of this charismatic mega-artist’s work, it will certainly be a huge hit with your students and audience alike.

Despacito arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Becoming the first YouTube video to hit 4 billion views, Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” also reached the top of the pop charts in over 40 countries. Featuring a blend of Latin pop and urban rhythms, this infectious hit works great in this adaptation for concert band.

Sweet Child O’ Mine arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
This classic rocker from 1987 was featured on the Guns N’ Roses debut album, and became their first #1 chart hit. Still popular 30 years later, this is sure to be a blast from the past for audience members and a fun piece for the band as well.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 4 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 06 July, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Whatever your ensemble’s ability level or instrumentation, Stanton’s can help you find the best “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” music for your concert band!

leon-523655The Rebellion Is Reborn arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 4
From Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga, here is a masterful setting for mature bands. Based on the “concert” edition created by Mr. Williams himself, “The Rebellion is Reborn” brings the excitement and drama of “The Last Jedi” to the symphonic stage.

Soundtrack Highlights from Star Wars: The Last Jedi arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the blockbuster movie “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams continues to display his mastery of music for film. This dynamic medley includes poignant new themes along with familiar older melodies as some of our favorite characters return for this episode. Includes “The Rebellion Is Reborn” and “Finale.”

leon-04005457-fSelections from Star Wars: The Last Jedi arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2-3
Scored with flexible instrumentation options, here is a beautifully adapted medley of the primary themes from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” You’ll hear dramatic new material along with well-known melodies of your favorite characters. Includes “The Rebellion Is Reborn” and “Finale.”

Music from Star Wars: The Last Jedi arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Featuring a blend of exciting new themes along with familiar favorites from earlier Star Wars movies, here is a great-sounding medley for young players. Includes “Main Title and Escape,” “The Rebellion Is Reborn,” and “Finale.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 1.5
Skillfully arranged for second-year players, here is a concise medley of the dramatic music from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Includes “The Rebellion Is Reborn” and “Finale.”

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 4 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

new-year-new-lookNotice anything different about us?

We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.

New Arrangements from the Silver Screen 01 June, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-04005443-fThis Is Me (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the songwriting team who brought us “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land,” the movie musical “The Greatest Showman” is based on the true story of P.T. Barnum with Hugh Jackman in the title role. This arrangement of the powerful anthem from the film is a dynamic showcase for the concert stage.

Back to the Future arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 1.5
Specifically arranged for second year players, here is a great-sounding version of this classic movie theme featuring limited ranges and easy rhythms.

leon-04005400-fThe Best of James Bond arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
Featuring some of the best-known spy themes from the silver screen, here is a very playable medley of James Bond soundtrack favorites through the years. Includes: James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, and Skyfall.

Danny Elfman: Music in the Dark arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
The film music of Danny Elfman is often dark and sinister, but always unique and interesting. This entertaining medley for young players includes themes from “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Spider-Man,” and “This is Halloween” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

alfred-46630-fSelections from The Lego Ninjago Movie arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 2
From the blockbuster film score, this electric medley features “Heroes,” “Found My Place,” and “Operation New Me.” Every member has a shot at the melody. Bring the excitement of the film to your stage!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the 2017 installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga, the soundtrack by Geoff Zanelli features powerful themes that effectively capture the emotions of the film. Here’s a well-paced and dramatic medley for the concert stage.

leon-04005441-fRemember Me (from Coco) arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Pixar Studios strikes gold again with their imaginative and original animated film “Coco.” With a story of Mexican folklore and with characteristic music, here is a wonderful setting of the Academy Award winning main song. The opening is in a ballad style, and then shifts to a faster tempo with a mariachi flavor.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 3 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Patriotic Salute for Community Band 21 May, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

wj-3017941-fAbsolutely Sousa arr. Gary D. Ziek, Grade 4
The rousing march music of John Philip Sousa has been an audience favorite for generations and continues to hold an important place in concert band repertoire. This spirited medley combines themes from four of Sousa’s most famous marches: The Washington Post; Semper Fidelis; The Thunderer and The Stars and Stripes Forever for an entertaining and stylish setting that will highlight any concert program. Great for any concert setting, it’s also the perfect addition to a patriotic event.

Battle Hymn of the Republic arr. Peter J. Wilhousky/ed. Justin P. Tokke
Made popular by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Grammy winning performance in 1959, Peter Wilhousky’s famous arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic has remained a staple to this day. In this Critical Edition for Band edited by Justin P. Tokke, a new arrangement has been crafted based on Wilhousky’s original orchestral scoring. To enhance playability, generous cross-cuing and doubling of the choral parts have been applied in cases where the band version is played without voices. This new arrangement ensures complete compatibility with both the choral and orchestral versions, with matching measure numbers and rehearsal marks, and comes complete with a full score and parts produced with modern engraving standards. This exciting edition is ready to continue Wilhousky’s legacy and hopes to inspire future collaboration and new performance opportunities.

leon-04005114-fHymn to Freedom arr. Robert Buckley, Grade 3
With its heartfelt message and appealing gospel flavor, Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom” has been embraced by choirs throughout the world. This band arrangement matches the classic version arranged by Paul Read and can be performed as a stand-alone band piece or combined with the choir for an impressive music department finale.

Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
Brendan Graham’s tender song tells the emotional story of Ireland’s Annie Moore, the first person to step ashore when Ellis Island opened as an immigration center in 1892. With emotions ranging from hope to fear, joy to despair, this deeply moving ballad has been recorded notably by Sean & Dolores Keane, The Irish Tenors, Celtic Thunder, and Celtic Woman. Here is a beautiful setting adapted for the concert stage.

leon-517832National Airs (from Early America) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3.5
Music performed by bands of the Civil War era often included familiar airs and patriotic tunes. Included in this rousing medley is an early treatment of The Star-Spangled Banner (which wasn’t recognized as the official national anthem until 1931). Also included are Yankee Doodle; Washington’s March; and Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.

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

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (are 3 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh. He spends his free time being dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Community Band Spotlight: Songs of Love 12 February, 2018

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

This post is part of a series highlighting music for community bands.

With Valentine’s Day only a couple of days away, I thought it a great time to present these new band arrangements centered on love.  While they would provide interesting variety for any school spring concert, I found their uniqueness especially suitable for community groups.  Besides, who couldn’t use a little more love?

Can’t Buy Me Love
(Medley of Hits from The Beatles)
arr. Paul Murtha
Hal Leonard Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $70.00
The timeless quality of music by The Beatles shines through in this nicely paced medley of hits. Perform this with band alone, or combine with choir and strings for a memorable production. Includes: Here Comes the Sun, In My Life, and Can’t Buy Me Love.

Canzoni D’Amore (Songs of Love)
arr. Robert Longfield
Barnhouse Concert Band
Grade 3.5                     $84.00
Canzoni D’Amore is a lyrical medley of three beautiful, classic Italian love songs. Featured songs include Serenata, Caro Mio Ben, and Torna a Surriento. Masterfully crafted to give interesting parts to all sections, Canzoni D’Amore will expose your audiences to the best of treasured Italian melodies.

Make Our Garden Grow
arr. Joseph Kreines
Boosey & Hawkes
Grade 3                                    $65.00
From Bernstein’s 1956 operetta Candide, the beautiful closing number, Make Our Garden Grow, has gone on to become a beloved and familiar classic. Arranged here for younger bands, this setting moves from delicate scoring in the opening to a powerful climax by the full ensemble.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (Are 4 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh.  He spends his free time being Dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Ken’s 10: New Marches for Band 17 January, 2018

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

With adjudication season just around the corner, January is the perfect time to preview and select marches.  With that in mind I’m excited to share my favorites for this school year, but first a confession – I don’t have 10 new marches for this list.  My choices for the very best new arrangements consist of the new titles that I scored a 9 or 10 out of 10.  The problem – I only have 7 new marches that scored a 9 or 10 combined.  I thought about filling the last 3 spots by dipping in to my 8’s (after all, you can’t have a list of 10 comprised of only 7 – how ‘bout those math skills!), but I have 14 of those.  With no good way to narrow that group to 3, I decided to round out the list with 3 of my very favorite marches from last year.    There are a lot of composers, styles, and difficulties, including some originals, so there is something for everyone and they’re all good!  I hope you find something you and your kids enjoy, and hopefully the adjudicators will too!

American Legion
Charles Parker/arr. Andrew Glover – Grade 2
Here’s a classic American march that is perfect for any type of performance! Limited ranges and technical demands make it ideal for middle school and smaller, less experienced high school bands, while cut-time and standard march style and rhythms make it perfect for the classroom. The first half features solid interplay between melody and countermelody instruments, the trio features a solid melody in the middle voices ornamented by upper woodwinds, and a powerful, “shout” finish gives the whole band a chance to shine.  A surefire audience pleaser!

The American Red Cross March
Louis Panella/arr. David Butler – Grade 3
A stellar example of the American march tradition, this work by Louis Panella was composed to honor the fine humanitarian work of the Red Cross during World War I.  It has that classic fight song type sound, and the 8th note and dotted rhythms in cut-time make it perfect for advancing bands.

The Boom-Boom Galop
Randall D. Standridge – Grade 2.5
A humorous circus-style galop with a Germanic sound, this invigorating march takes adrenaline to a whole new level! Contrasting sections punctuated by the humorous “boom-boom” exclamations of the bass drum make for a fun-to-play, seat-of-your-pants experience that is a blast!  Careful with that tempo!

Generosity
Matthew N. Putnam – Grade 2
Very accessible.  In 2/4 with easy note values, basic 8th note rhythms, and keys of Bb & Eb, Generosity is an original march in standard form written with developing players in mind. It is reminiscent of the marches of Bennett and King with tuneful melodies, interesting harmonies, and a classic sound.  A few chromatic twists are thrown in to make it more exciting, and mixed articulations add maturity. Mathew Putnam has written a perfect vehicle to teach march style and form to developing players.

Honor Guard March
Claude T. Smith – Grade 3.5
Traditional in all the best ways!  Previously unpublished, Honor Guard March was composed by Claude T. Smith in 1959 while he was teaching in Cozad, NE. Premiered in 1961and written in traditional form, this march contains a contemporary flair and sound that is unique to Smith’s distinctive style, and features an unusual meter shift from 6/8 to cut-time at the trio.  A wonderful addition to your school band library!

Marzo Zingaro
Randall D. Standridge – Grade 1.5
Another work of unique style, Marzo Zingaro seeks to portray the image of a lone wanderer, happily marching across the Italian countryside.  It succeeds. The first strain portrays a more daring mood, while the trio and finale portray a happier style while dynamic contrasts and articulation set the style.  Translated as March of the Gypsy, what more needs to be said?

Power
Harold Bennett/arr. Larry Clark – Grade 2
One of Harold Bennett’s lesser-known marches, Power is in 6/8 and standard march form.  Great for teaching basic 6/8 rhythms, this classic from the original Bennett Band Book is one of his few marches that contains a “break strain.”  Bennett marches are always a sure bet, and Power allows you to add a solid 6/8 march to your library.

Rounding Out the 10 – 3 Favorites from 2016-17
Frederick’s Black Devils
Paul Murtha – Grade 4
During World War II, Winston Churchill initiated the formation of Special Force Commando Units that would prove so effective as to change the course of the war. The First Special Service Force, led by their intrepid Colonel, Robert T. Frederick, was perhaps the most famous of these units. Due to their ferocious nature and blackened faces for night raids, the Germans gave them the nickname The Black Devils. In 2015 they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow. Frederick’s Black Devils is a stirring concert march with hints of British flair that pays tribute to this legendary unit.

Mad Dash (Galop)
Timothy Loest – Grade 2
Mad Dash is an exciting, original galop or circus march for young bands.  Traditionally circus marches incorporated as many musical acrobatics as the acts themselves, and true to form this is a great vehicle for developing technique, articulation, and style while following standard form.  Accidentals and dynamic contrasts abound, it includes a key change on the trio (Bb to Eb) and a full-blown shout to the end.  The tempo marking throws down the (cautionary) challenge:  “As fast as possible, but not any faster!” (144+ bpm)

Normal
Harold Bennett/arr. Larry Clark – Grade 2
Every developing band should have at least a couple of Bennett marches in their library.  Perfectly written and designed for developing bands, they feature all the hallmarks of standard march form and style.  Normal is unique in that it is one of only a few Bennett marches to include a break strain – great for preparing students for Sousa and other march masters.  It also addresses cut-time, basic 16th note patterns, features lovely melodies and countermelodies, some chromatic accidentals, and the break strain provides bold contrast to the soft, lyrical trio section.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (Are 4 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh.  He spends his free time being Dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Community Band Spotlight: New & Unique Marches 11 January, 2018

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

This post is part of a series highlighting music for community bands.

Marches are a staple of community band repertoire, whether standard concert marches, galops, or star-spangled patriotic warhorses.  While we always keep an ear out for great new arrangements of tried-and-true staples and lesser-known marches by masters like King, Sousa, etc, we like to pay attention to interesting, outside-the-box compositions as well.  The three new titles below are of this sort, intended to add unique, quirky variety to your programming including a Civil War era tune, one from a Sousa opera (yes, he composed more than marches), and a tribute to “man’s best friend.”

Fireman’s Quickstep
arr. Michael Brown
Hal Leonard 1st Brigade Band
Grade 3.5                     $60.00
Although titled as a “quickstep” march, this appealing number from the Civil War era features a moderate tempo and distinctively spirited military style. Scored with plenty of variety in textures and dynamics, this is a wonderfully unique introduction to our musical heritage and critical period in our nation’s history.

The Loyal Legion
John Phillip Sousa
arr. Loras John Schissel
LudwigMasters Heritage of the Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $60.00
A great and very playable march by John Philip Sousa, The Loyal Legion was originally an entry march for his opera, The Queen of Hearts. Now available in a superb edition by Sousa scholar Loras John Schissel and exclusively endorsed by John Philip Sousa IV.

Service Dogs
J.c. Sherman
LudwigMasters Concert Band
Grade 3.5                     $50.00
A refreshing and spirited new march from a young composer, Service Dogs honors the service of man’s best friend. The work is a wonderful tool for teaching both compound meter and march style with first-rate melodies.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (especially the Pittsburgh Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.  He spends his free time being Dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.


Solo and Ensemble Time Is Near! 20 December, 2017

OMEAIt’s almost January, which means Solo & Ensemble season for the Ohio Music Education Association is soon upon us! For our local, Central Ohio customers in OMEA District 15, the event date is Saturday, January 27. Here are some reminders to make sure that this busy day goes smoothly for you and your students:

1) Make sure that your student is playing from an original copy, not a photocopy, of music (even if you have purchased the music, copying it and playing from a photocopy is an infringement of copyright law).

2) Similarly, make sure the judge has an original score (with measures numbered!) from which to read.

3) Make sure that your student is playing from the correct edition of their music. To check the list of approved editions, follow these steps:
– Visit the OMEA Solo and Ensemble page
– Under High School, select “Search HS Required list,” or Junior High, select “Search JH Suggested list”
– Click “search,” choose your area, then select your instrument
– Select the event and class, then click “search”
– Click on the title of the piece (they will be listed alphabetically by title), then “View Approved Editions”

4) Contact us with any questions you may have about OMEA music! We are happy to help you, and can be reached at 1.800.42.MUSIC using any of the following extensions, or via email:
– ext 1: Choral and Classical Vocal (choral@stantons.com)
– ext 2: Instrumental (instrumental@stantons.com)
– ext 3: Piano and Guitar (keyboard@stantons.com)


Ken’s 10: New Pieces for HS Concert Band 14 December, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

The first Ken’s 10 post featured my 10 favorite new titles from our 2017 Signature Selections for Young Band.  It only makes sense to follow it up with my 10 favorites from our Signature Selections for High School Band.  Like the first post, these are unranked.  While most of them are programmatic, there is also a previously unpublished Claude T. Smith march and 3 of them draw from varied influences and sources.  They are pieces that will be fun to play, enjoyable for your audience, and provide some nice choices for select adjudication numbers.  I hope you like them, too.

Across the Great Plains
William Owens – Grade 3.5-4
The awe-inspiring legacy of the Pony Express gallops to life in this thrilling musical tale of one of America’s greatest institutions! Conceived from a single rhythmic motif, this adrenaline-fueled, rhythmically packed work yields heroic melodic statements, brilliant runs and a beautifully contrasting 3/4 section.

The Blue Ridge
arr. Robert Sheldon – Grade 4
The Blue Ridge Mountains have a rich history of folk music handed down by the families of the settlers in this region. Who better than Robert Sheldon to weave a tapestry of four of these wonderful songs into a setting for concert band?  Includes the spirited (and syncopated) Jack-a-Roe; the haunting Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies in a subtle call-and-response; the very popular Tom Dooley (watch those meters!); and a lush setting of the beautiful Barbara Allen.

Der Lehrmeister
Robert Sheldon – Grade 3.5
Don’t shy away from this title.  Translated from German as “The Master Teacher” and written in a style reminiscent of Richard Strauss, Der Lehrmeister was commissioned by the Florida Bandmasters Association in memory of Jack Crew, one of the all-time great teachers and musicians in the world band music.  Robert Sheldon has crafted a wonderfully authentic, sophisticated homage to German symphonic and operatic repertoire.

Dos Danzas Latinas
Andre Waignein – Grade 3.5
Want something different?  This dramatic, Latin dance style work is a guaranteed sonic palette cleanser!  Based on a habanera rhythm, the opening features oboe (cued in clarinet) and flute in a reminiscent dialogue. As the music builds, it accelerates into a wild and exciting rumba that drives to a fiery finish.

Fable
Erik Morales – Grade 3
Fable was inspired by ancient collections of children’s stories such as Aesop’s Fables and Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  Broad, memorable themes jump off the page along with an energetic rhythmic pulse that propels the narrative forward. The music maintains a veil of darkness and intrigue that will capture the imagination of the listener from start to finish, and your students will love its awesome, epic soundtrack quality!

Honor Guard March
Claude T. Smith – Grade 3.5
Traditional in all the best ways!  Previously unpublished, Honor Guard March was composed by Claude T. Smith in 1959 while he was teaching in Cozad, NE. Premiered in 1961and written in traditional form, this march contains a contemporary flair and sound that is unique to Smith’s distinctive style, and features an unusual meter shift from 6/8 to cut-time at the trio.  A wonderful addition to your school band library!

The Lost Temple
Jared Barnes – Grade 3
The Lost Temple captures the intrigue of ancient legends, lost treasures, and adventures into the unknown. A quiet, mysterious theme opens the piece (with just a hint of Indiana Jones!), eventually giving way to a rhythmic adventure theme. A sense of calm and wonder emerges as dangers reveal themselves amid flowing musical lines. A triumphant flourish ends the musical journey.  This title is on the 2018 Ohio High School Class A list.

Rise of the Silver City
Rossano Galante – Grade 4.5
There’s a reason why Rossano Galante is among my favorite band composers, and Rise of the Silver City is a great example.  Brass flourishes, lyrical woodwinds, and stately themes lead to a heroic climax in this work full of the orchestral soundtrack qualities that are his hallmarks – if you close your eyes you can see the closing credits.  Sure to be a piece your students are most excited about!

Soaring
Naoya Wada – Grade 3.5
Open your concert program by lifting off with this lofty work that lives up to its title!  Memorable, soaring melodies, upper woodwind obbligati (fingers are flyin’), and traditional A-B-A form set the stage for this exhilarating opener. The flowing middle section unfolds in an uplifting way through two key changes, before ascending back to full flight and soaring through the exuberant ending.

Vanguard
Chris M. Bernotas – Grade 3.5
Vanguard is an exciting and energetic piece that shifts between dynamic brass fanfare gestures, flourishes, and sweeping melodic lines.  All sections have a chance to shine on this attention-getting concert opener that starts big and bold and somehow manages to build to an ecstatic finish.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  He is excited to add Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings’ It’s a Holiday Soul Party to his Christmas rotation this year (on vinyl, of course!).  8 Days (of Hanukkah) and Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects fills your stocking with funky goodness, Silent Night is simply gorgeous, and White Christmas is flat out smokin’!