News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Concert Band

So You Want to Be a Music Major? 22 July, 2024

So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Music Teachers by Robert Franzblau
This book details the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prospective music majors need in order to make a successful transition from high school to college. Specific exercises are offered, along with supporting online resources. It also suggests steps that parents, high school guidance counselors, and music teachers can take to identify, encourage, and guide future musicians and music educators.

Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know by Rich Holly
Highlights the major components for survival and success during the formative years in a college, university or conservatory and provides examples and strategies to greatly assist the student musician. With no-nonsense advice and practical tips, this guide will prepare music students (and their parents!) to meet the many challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities afforded them during the glorious college years.

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Pop, Stage & Screen Releases for COMMUNITY BAND 03 June, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

David Bowie: The Hits arr. Patrick Roszell, Grade 3
Bowie. Some artists only need to be known and recalled by one name. This fantastic medley contains three of his biggest hits. The jazzy and funky “Let’s Dance,” the ethereal “Space Oddity,” and the ever-grooving hit, with rock group Queen, “Under Pressure.”

Stardust arr. Paul Clark, Grade 3
Written in 1927, “Stardust” has been recorded over 1,500 times and is now considered to be part of the Great American Songbook. This stellar Paul Clark arrangement includes the 16 bar introduction, followed by solo trumpet on the first verse. Full ensemble plays the 2nd verse, with a solo trumpet ending that’s as pretty as stardust. A classic arrangement of a great American standard. Perfect for adult community bands as well!

Thriller arr. Erik Morales, Grade 3.5
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” remains one of the most popular hits of all time, and this iconic band arrangement by Erik Morales captures the smash hit in all its glory. In addition to drum set, optional electric bass and synth keyboard bring the music to life.

Good Omens (Theme) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
The quirky British television series “Good Omens” (starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen) features a suitably distinctive and appealing main theme by scoring master David Arnold. Part sinister, and part fun, you don’t have to be a fan of the series to enjoy this clever arrangement.

Music from Annie arr. Michael Kamuf, Grade 3.5
Bring the music from one of the greatest musicals of all time, “Annie,” to your concert hall. This exciting arrangement by Michael Kamuf includes three of the show’s most iconic songs, “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and “Tomorrow,” and makes the perfect closing selection for your next concert!

Theme from New York, New York arr. Erik Morales, Grade 2.5
Treat your audience to one of the most iconic songs of all time while introducing jazz and swing concepts at a very approachable level. Erik Morales has done a fantastic job with this arrangement of “New York, New York,” which requires no extra instrumentation to be as cool as the original. Perfect to showcase music from the Broadway show.

Raiders March by John Williams/arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 4
One of the most iconic movie themes ever written, here is John Williams’ classic scored for mature ensembles. This dynamic arrangement also includes a brief lyric moment from “Marion’s Theme.”

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

March Madness for Community Band 22 May, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Cosmopolitan America by Helen May Butler/arr. Clarence E. Barber, Grade 4
Helen May Butler was one of the most successful female conductors in the history of the concert band. Band music was a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt and Cosmopolitan America was selected as the official march of the Republican Party during the 1904 election campaign.

Entry of the Acrobats by Kelly Bennette, Grade 3
Written in the style of the marches used in circuses to accompany acrobats, this march harkens back to a longstanding band tradition. Filled with surprises, filigree, and theater, it is a work that adds a special sparkle to a program.

Golden Panther March by Robert Sheldon, Grade 3.5
If a traditional march could be called “fresh and new!” “The Golden Panther March” would check every box. Composer Robert Sheldon has given us a wonderful new march in 6/8 that has all the calling cards of a traditional style march, perfect for contest & festival performance, with all of the modern charm we have come to love from this beloved composer. As well-suited to a concert opener as it is to an enthusiastic encore, the “Golden Panther March” will be the hit of any concert.

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Auld Lang Syne by Karl L. King/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
Karl King composed his “Auld Lang Syne” March using the oldest song of friendship as the basis for the trio, but cleverly interweaves various Scottish folk tunes in this beautifully crafted march. Perfect for a variety of performance situations, this march has a special stately quality to it which will impress audiences and challenge performers. This Karl L. King Centennial edition includes extensive historical background information, program notes, performance suggestions, and much more.

The Defending Circle by Karl L. King/arr. Gene Milford, Grade 3
This work received its title “from some ritualistic work of a certain fraternity.” Composed in 1913, the march is dedicated to Clive Dayton of Brighton, Iowa, a trombonist and the assistant conductor of the Barnum & Bailey’s Band under Ned Brill.

Excelsior by Karl L. King/arr. James Swearingen, Grade 2.5
Raise your baton and prepare yourself for a rewarding highlight moment as you conduct Karl King’s celebrated galop, aptly titled “Excelsior.” Your musicians will marvel at the clever writing style that is incorporated throughout the entire piece. And let us not forget the audience – much toe-tapping and the thunderous sound of applause following the last note is certain! This is the perfect galop to include at your next concert.

The Governor’s Own by Alton Adams/arr. Loras Schissel, Grade 4
Alton Adams was the first black bandmaster in the United States Navy, and perhaps the most popular. His bands were celebrated across the United States during his service years. He eventually rose to political prominence in the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Victory March by Bob Cerulli, Grade 2.5
“Victory March” brings a fresh, new sound to a familiar and revered form. This is partially a function of tonal center and partially due to sparkling melody and a well-constructed harmonic base. A splash of originality, the march fits well in just about any spot on a program.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

New LEROY ANDERSON Titles for Community Band 08 May, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

The Girl in Satin by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3
This reimagined band edition by Mark Rogers breathes new life into an absolute gem by Leroy Anderson. This publication features the first full score offered with the parts – as well as an alternate transposition in C to avoid some of the technical difficulties bands may encounter with the composer’s original key.

China Doll by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3.5
The year 1951 was very productive for Leroy Anderson. For a recording project with Decca records in June of that year he composed a number of his most popular pieces, many of which were played for the first time in these sessions, including this delightful composition, “China Doll.” It’s a great choice for any time of year, but is also an ideal substitute to the perennial holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride.” This publication is the first-ever to offer a full score, edited by Mark Rogers.

Horse and Buggy by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 4
Like Anderson’s signature piece “Sleigh Ride,” “Horse and Buggy” is another example of his extraordinary ability to sketch a nostalgic scene in sound on a small canvas without a wasted motion. Here, a different horse pulls a different vehicle through a vanished landscape of long ago. This exclusive Southern band edition by Mark Rogers reintroduces Anderson’s enchanting work to new generations of audiences.

Serenata by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 4
“Serenata” was first performed on May 10, 1947 as an encore at the Boston Pops, with Arthur Fiedler conducting. Fiedler would later praise the piece as among the conductor’s favorites. Lyrics were added by Mitchell Parish in 1950, which would lead to recordings by the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole. With a beguine rhythm as a background, Anderson’s inspiration from the Latin-American serenade would give the piece its title. This publication is the first-ever to offer a full score, edited by Mark Rogers, offering Anderson’s enchanting work to new generations of audiences.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

BEST OF Kjos Music Concert Band 2023-2024 17 April, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Earthrise by Steven J. Pyter, Grade 2.5
“Earthrise” is the name of an iconic NASA photograph, taken on December 24, 1968 from the Apollo 8 spacecraft while orbiting the Moon. Composer Steven Pyter depicts this historical event with an evocative tone poem for developing bands. A flute solo (cued in other instruments if needed) floats above rich sonorities. The flute’s melody is passed around the band and eventually is accompanied by sparkling aleatoric woodwinds.

Through the Valley by Ryan Nowlin, Grade 3
“Through the Valley” is a musical representation of the often-underestimated challenges faced by adolescents. Push your intermediate band’s musicality to the limit with dramatic phrases leading to peaceful motives.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

Great New Programming for COMMUNITY BAND 08 April, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Grover’s Corners (from Our Town) by Aaron Copland/arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3
Composed in 1940 for the screen version of Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town,” Copland used a clean, yet distinctive harmonic palette and calming style for the soundtrack, in order to portray pre-World War II homespun values and sense of security. This carefully adapted version of “Grover’s Corners” uses short soloistic passages mixed with lyric moments for the full ensemble in creating a tender and rewarding setting.

Happy Go Lucky by Josef Strauss/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
This delightful “polka schnell” from Josef Strauss will put smiles on the faces of audiences and performers! Lighthearted and full of humor, this sparkling piece will get toes tapping throughout the audience. An excellent closer or encore selection for any concert performance. Great fun!

Juba Dance by R. Nathaniel Dett/arr. Loras Schissel, Grade 4
Nathaniel Dett was one of John Philip Sousa’s favorite composers, even in a time when racial relations in the United States were less than optimal. Dett’s music is filled with melodic charm and harmonic interest. “Juba Dance” plays and sounds much like a march.

Midnight Ride by Rossano Galante, Grade 4
Three main themes comprise “Midnight Ride” by Rossano Galante. Paul Revere’s motif is a romantic, heroic melody that captures his bravery and tenacity. The Brown Beauty theme (Paul Revere’s horse) incorporates a slower, lush musical offering that captures the strength and beauty of this animal. The ending thematic material represents the ride with a soaring melody accompanied by fast, rhythmic ostinati.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

New VIDEO GAMES Arrangements for Concert Band 03 April, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Dragonborn (Skyrim Theme) arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 1.5
The popular video game series “Elder Scrolls” features memorable music from composer Jeremy Soule. From “Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,” this signature theme will sound powerful even in this very easy arrangement for young students.

Into the Starfield (Main Title) arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2
From the highly anticipated video game “Starfield” the soundtrack by Inon Zur is compelling and dramatic. Here is the main theme skillfully adapted for young players with limited technical and range demands.

Into the Starfield (Main Title) arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
The video game “Starfield” became one of the most highly anticipated game releases in years. The game also features a stunning soundtrack by acclaimed composer Inon Zur. Here is a powerful and dramatic arrangement of the main theme.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

BEST OF Ludwig Masters Concert Band 2023-2024 27 March, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Baile de Fuego by Randol Alan Bass, Grade 4
A rhythmic and stirring addition to the band repertoire, “Baile de Fuego” demands excellence and attention from all players. Percussion adds much spice while utilizing a wide array of instruments.

Brown Bear by Kelly Bennette, Grade 3
The golden age of marches (early 20th century) gave us a wealth of wonderful literature. That tradition is still alive and well, as can be seen with this tuneful addition to the repertoire of Kelly Bennette. It doesn’t have to be old to be good!

The Defending Circle by Karl L. King/arr. Gene Milford, Grade 3
This work received its title “from some ritualistic work of a certain fraternity.” Composed in 1913, the march is dedicated to Clive Dayton of Brighton, Iowa, a trombonist and the assistant conductor of the Barnum & Bailey’s Band under Ned Brill.

The Governor’s Own by Alton Adams/arr. Loras Schissel, Grade 4
Alton Adams was the first black bandmaster in the United States Navy, and perhaps the most popular. His bands were celebrated across the United States during his service years. He eventually rose to political prominence in the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Sword of Saint Michael by Kelly Bennette, Grade 3
This piece has a delightful melody and the flavor of a transcription, but it is an action- packed original for concert band. It has a big, beautiful sound and parts to challenge every section.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

BARBIE Arrangements for Concert Band 20 March, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Barbie Girl arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
Originally a hit for the pop group Aqua in 1997, this peppy and instantly recognized tune found its way into the hit movie “Barbie” as the background track for the song “Barbie World.” Here’s a fun version for younger bands.

Barbie’s World arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
From the blockbuster movie “Barbie” comes the equally sensational soundtrack album featuring an all-star lineup of performers and songwriters. This upbeat and entertaining medley for band includes: “Barbie Dreams,” “Barbie Girl,” “What Was I Made For,” and “Dance the Night.”

What Was I Made For? arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
From the blockbuster movie “Barbie,” this moving ballad by Billie Eilish features a tuneful melody and tender emotions. Here’s a beautifully scored setting for young bands.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

Realizing Diversity 15 March, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Realizing Diversity: An Equity Framework for Music Education by Karen Howard
Questions abound about diversity in music education. How can we engage with diverse populations, repertoire, and identities while upholding integrity and achieving equity? What are cultural appropriation, othering, tokenizing, and essentializing? How can we avoid bias in our teaching and repertoire selection? How do we create a more socially just music education?

These are critical questions with accessible answers. But if we are to become better music educators, we must reflect on these questions, our own identities, and our relationships with the music and people of the world.

“Realizing Diversity” by Karen Howard is a groundbreaking and practical resource for crafting diverse and anti-bias music education in classrooms, ensembles, and studios at all levels—from preschool to university and community settings.

At the book’s core is an Anti-Bias Framework intended to help music educators gain confidence and comfort in designing music curricula that are just, equitable, and make participants feel safe and welcome. Structured around the four social justice domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action, this framework explores topics of anti-racism, gender and sexual identity, power and privilege, disabilities, economic realities, empathy, and critical consciousness.

Dr. Howard also includes discussion of educational movements in United States history, the challenging “world music” label and related authenticity, the hyper-prevalence of Western Eurocentric music, inclusive repertoire selection, as well as appendices with critical practices for educators and a sample curriculum.

An indispensable book for pre-service, beginning, and veteran music teachers of toddlers through adults, “Realizing Diversity” considers the many separate but deeply interrelated questions related to creating a more socially just music education.

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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.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

POP & PATRIOTIC: New Arrangements for Flex Band 11 March, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Any Way You Want It arr. Michael Story, Grade 1 Flex Beginning Band
“Any Way You Want It,” the classic hit from the rock band Journey, has been scored by Michael Story to be played using any mix of wind or string instruments. This thoughtfully crafted FLEX arrangement is a perfect piece for your beginning band.

I Vow to Thee, My Country arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2 Flex-Band
Using the familiar chorale melody from Holst’s “Jupiter,” this stately hymn is particularly popular throughout the United Kingdom and a favorite of the British royal family. Here’s a setting for flexible instrumentation which also includes an optional part for unison voices.

Music from Avatar: The Way of Water arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 3 Flex-Band
The blockbuster sequel to the movie “Avatar” brings us stunning visuals and an equally impressive soundtrack. The sweeping themes and dramatic pacing are carefully reflected in this arrangement for flexible instrumentation.

Paint It, Black arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2 Flex-Band
Taking inspiration from the cello version made popular in the television series “Wednesday,” here is a clever arrangement of the Rolling Stones hit scored for flexible instrumentation.

23 Skidoo! by Kenneth Whitcomb/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5 Build-a-Band
Ken Whitcomb’s delightful “23 Skidoo!” has been a concert band favorite since its first publication decades ago, and this Build-A-Band edition makes it available to smaller ensembles with uneven instrumentation. A true audience-pleaser, performers will also enjoy the bright Vaudeville “show-biz” style of this happy selection. A great closer or encore selection, “23 Skidoo!” is musical enjoyment from top to bottom!

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

Let Justice Rise: Five Star Features from Wingert-Jones 07 March, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Let Justice Rise by Steve Parsons, Grade 3
This new reduced instrumentation fanfare is a perfect opener to your next concert. Copland-like rhythmic figures and the cinematic depth of modern film-scores make this one an instant concert hit.

Merry Wayfaring Stranger arr. Tyler Arcari, Grade 1.5
Tyler Arcari has a knack for smashing un-related tunes together, especially for Christmas! This clever new addition to Tyler’s chaotic caroling is no exception. Musicians will love the drama in this work, as they mix “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” with the likes of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Patapan.” This will be the star of your next holiday program!

And There Were Angels… arr. Clifton Jones, Grade 3.5
“And There Were Angels…” is a joyous, colorful blend of three well-known Christmas carols. Familiar “angelic” melodies receive a new and unique treatment for your next holiday program.

Southern Winds Fanfare by John Dupuis, Grade 4.5
In the style of cinematic warhorses, the “Southern Winds Fanfare” is a fiery new opener for the concert band by newcomer to Wingert-Jones, composer John Dupuis. Angular melodic figures and embellishments in the woodwinds add to the excitement of this great new concert fanfare.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

Forward, March! NEW Flexible March Arrangements 28 February, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Forward, March! by Paul Murtha, Grade 1.5 Easy Flex Band
Paul has carefully adapted his popular march for young players into the 4-part easy flex format. Following a traditional march form, “Forward March!” features strong melodies, easy counterlines, a trio section, and strong finishing strain.

Black Jack March by Fred K. Huffer/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3 Build-a-Band
One of the great American “old line” marches, “Black Jack” is a romping 6/8 military march that was dedicated to WWI hero Gen. John J. Pershing. Perfectly suited for the Build-A-Band series, “Black Jack” allows ensembles with lopsided or incomplete instrumentations the opportunity to sound full and balanced on a great march! Perfect for a concert opener or closer, and audiences love marches!

Fandango Festival by Victor López, Grade 1 Flex
Ready to take your beginning ensemble to the next level of performance? With a Spanish flavor, “Fandango Festival” by Victor López is a classic march alternative cast in 3/4 and in a full FLEX orchestration. Start your next festival program with this programmatic, high-intensity opener that will attract the attention of the judges and audiences alike. A great addition to your concert repertoire.

March of the Shadows by Haley Woodrow, Grade 3 Flex Band
Paying homage to the traditional march form, Haley Woodrow takes a step outside of the box in creating this delightfully dark and unique piece for young players. Scored for flexible instrumentation, “March of the Shadows” features clever effects and a minor mood, and is sure to become a favorite.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

Hope Arises: Five Star Features from SOUTHERN MUSIC 23 February, 2024

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recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Hope Arises by James Barnes, Grade 5
“Hope Arises” is one of two new works requested in 2021 of composer James Barnes by Colonel Donald Schofield, to be written for the United States Air Force Band. It is a short piece intended to be used as an “opener” for AFB’s tour concerts. It opens with a dramatic brass fanfare, based on consecutive perfect fourths first introduced by horns and euphoniums, followed by a short oboe solo. An ascending line in mallets and woodwind provide a rather celestial transition, taking the listener to a lively, melodic allegro, which is based on the same opening fourths. This allegro theme is developed until a return to the opening fanfare is powerfully re-announced in brass. The work concludes quite dramatically, and includes a return of the ascending line in woodwinds, mallets, harp and piano.

Fourth of July by Morton Gould/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 4
A musical kaleidoscope of the real old-fashioned “Fourth of July.” One can almost visualize the fire-crackers, sky rockets and pin wheels filling the air with a pattern of noise and color. This, together with flags waving, stentorian speechifying and bands playing makes for our most exciting national holiday. This new edition by Mark Rogers is the first to include a full conductor’s score.

Sortofa March by Gary Garner, Grade 2
“Sortofa March” began as an exercise intended to acquaint woodwind players with essential alternate fingerings on their respective instruments, but it quickly and unexpectedly began to take on a march-like character. Not exactly a march, but “sort of a march.” Each of the woodwind parts has instructions for which alternate fingerings are to be used.

China Doll by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3.5
The year 1951 was very productive for Leroy Anderson. For a recording project with Decca records in June of that year he composed a number of his most popular pieces, many of which were played for the first time in these sessions, including this delightful composition, “China Doll.” It’s a great choice for any time of year, but is also an ideal substitute to the perennial holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride.” This publication is the first-ever to offer a full score, edited by Mark Rogers.

The Girl in Satin by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3
This reimagined band edition by Mark Rogers breathes new life into an absolute gem by Leroy Anderson. This publication features the first full score offered with the parts – as well as an alternate transposition in C to avoid some of the technical difficulties bands may encounter with the composer’s original key.

Horse and Buggy by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 4
Like Anderson’s signature piece “Sleigh Ride,” “Horse and Buggy” is another example of his extraordinary ability to sketch a nostalgic scene in sound on a small canvas without a wasted motion. Here, a different horse pulls a different vehicle through a vanished landscape of long ago. This exclusive Southern band edition by Mark Rogers reintroduces Anderson’s enchanting work to new generations of audiences.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

AMONG THE CLOUDS: Concert Band Works Now in Flexible Arrangements 09 February, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Among the Clouds by Brian Balmages, Grade 3 ColorFlex
“Among the Clouds” is a musical journey into the minds of lucid dreamers as they drift off to sleep and wake up in a dream where they can fly at will. A slow, enchanting opening gives way to an energetic theme with an engaging rhythmic pulse as the dreamer takes to the skies! An intriguing work by Brian Balmages!

Atop a Scottish Highland by Larry Neeck, Grade 2.5 Build-a-Band
This unique rhapsody is comprised of three well-known Scottish folk melodies: “Annie Laurie,” “Who’ll Be King But Charlie,” and “Scotland The Brave.” The distinct character of each of these melodies provides your ensemble with the perfect vehicle to express a wide variety of moods, musical colors, and expressions. “Atop A Scottish Highland” is an excellent showcase for your band, even if your ensemble has limitations of size or instrumentation.

The Country Club Stomp! by JaRod Hall, Grade 3 ColorFlex
Experience a New Orleans vibe with this exciting, parade-inspired crowd-pleaser! “The Country Club Stomp!” is based on an infectious rhythmic groove and spirited melody. JaRod Hall uses elements of jazz as well as a strong reference to the West African circle dances from which this music evolved. Stellar writing that is fun, catchy, and informative!

Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland/arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 3 Flex-Band
Composed in 1942, here is Aaron Copland’s iconic fanfare arranged for flexible instrumentation. Scored a 4th lower than the original, and authorized by the Copland estate, this edition can be performed by brass ensembles, or a variety of mixed ensembles depending on your band’s specific needs.

Forgotten Tales of the West by Adrian B. Sims, Grade 3.5 ColorFlex
This powerful work pays tribute to the many battles fought between the Native Americans and Europeans. “Forgotten Tales of the West” moves between Native American-influenced themes and western harmonies before adapting into an amalgamation of the two. Incredible writing by Adrian B. Sims, who was a teenager when he composed this piece!

Glorioso by Ed Huckeby, Grade 3 Build-a-Band
The creative combination of interesting themes and fresh contemporary harmonies interjected with subtle meter changes produces an appealing composition for mid-level bands that is both challenging and yet accessible. The composer has adapted this “best seller” for the Build-A-Band series for bands with limited or unusual instrumentation.

A Hymn for Band by Hugh M. Stuart/arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 3 Flex-Band
Hugh Stuart’s classic composition from 1985 has remained popular through the years and continues to be a great teaching tool for lyric style playing and musical sensitivity. Here is an authentic adaptation for flexible instrumentation perfect for smaller or mixed ensembles.

Kyiv, 2022 by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5 ColorFlex
“Kyiv, 2022” was written as a powerful sequel to “Moscow, 1941,” one of Brian Balmages’s most well-known pieces. This work changes the narrative, where the theme from Moscow now becomes the aggressor, and the heroic people of Ukraine are represented by the Ukrainian National Anthem and the powerful “Prayer for Ukraine.” Certain to spark discussions about humanity, history, and culture.

The Legend of Lorelei by Larry Clark, Grade 3 Flexcel
This programmatic work, based on the ancient and legendary warrior Lorelei, is a great new work for contest & festival performance. Scored with reduced instrumentation with only 2 Bb Clarinet & Trumpet lines and limited Saxophone, Horn in F and Low Brass, this exciting new work for band will work great for smaller bands and still sound big and full with larger ones.

Saturn: The Ringed Planet by Rob Romeyn, Grade 3.5 Build-a-Band
An absolutely stunning programmatic piece depicting a futuristic voyage to the sixth planet, “Saturn: The Ringed Planet” has become a classic for concert and festival use! Powerful scoring, stark musical contrasts, driving rhythms, and varied textures all combine to portray the dramatic journey, as well as the beauty and mystique of this mysterious and alluring planet. This arrangement for the Build-A-Band series ensures success even with the most awkward of instrumentation. Creative use of percussion greatly adds to the drama and intensity.

Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams/arr. Ed Huckeby, Grade 3.5 Build-a-Band
Originally written as part of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, “Sea Songs” has become a standard in classic band literature. Ed Huckeby has maintained all the melodies, harmonies, and nuances of the original tunes, including “Princess Royal,” “Admiral Benbow,” and “Portsmouth,” in this masterfully adapted Build-A-Band series arrangement for bands with limited instrumentation. Great music specially arranged for those bands with awkward or incomplete instrumentation!

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Variations on an African Hymnsong by Quincy Hilliard/arr. Jimi Bergeron, Grade 3.5 Build-a-Band
One of Quincy Hilliard’s most exciting compositions, “Variations on an African Hymnsong” has been skillfully arranged for the flexible instrumentation Build-A-Band series by Jimi Bergeron. Based on a Nigerian folk hymn, this very appealing selection features interesting harmonies, beautiful tone colors and driving polyrhythms, all combine to make this a stunning work for band, especially for groups with large percussion sections.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

TAYLOR SWIFT Hits for Concert Band 08 February, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Taylor Swift: Eras arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
Pop icon Taylor Swift has continued to expand her popularity thanks to her “Eras Tour” across the country, and now a concert film. Here is a great-sounding medley for young bands featuring signature hits from her various “eras.” Titles include: “You Belong With Me,” “Enchanted,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Shake It Off,” “Look What You Made Me Do,” “Cardigan,” and “Anti-Hero.”

You Belong with Me arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 1.5
One of the early hits for Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me” continues to be popular with its tuneful melody and upbeat style. This fun arrangement is effectively scored for second year players.

Anti-Hero arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
From Taylor Swift’s album “Midnights,” lead single “Anti-Hero” is already breaking records for sales and streaming on its way to the top of the charts. Featuring catchy rhythms and a memorable melody, Johnnie Vinson expertly captures the flavor of the original in this setting for young players.

…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.

Shake It Off arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 1.5
This recent hit by pop superstar Taylor Swift features a catchy melody that adapts nicely for very young players. Here is a solid arrangement that your students and audience are sure to enjoy.

Shake It Off arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2-3 Flex
Taylor Swift is on top of the charts again with this catchy and energetic pop hit. Even with the limited 5-part scoring, this arrangement features a good mix of melody in each of the parts along with solid writing for the entire ensemble.

Taylor Swift: 1989 arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2
At the top of her game as a songwriter and recording artist, Taylor Swift released her CD “1989” as a tribute to the sound and style of popular music in the 1980s. This entertaining medley for younger players features the blockbuster hits “Wildest Dreams,” “Blank Space,” and “Shake It Off.”

A Taylor Swift Duo arr. Michael Story, Grade 2.5
This fantastic arrangement by Michael Story is a medley of two of Taylor Swift’s biggest hits – “Bad Blood” and “You Belong with Me.” Treat your band to the excitement of performing these blockbuster hits!

Taylor Swift in Concert arr. Michael Brown, Grade 3
Contemporary singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is rapidly making her mark on both pop and country music charts. Including the hits “Picture to Burn,” “White Horse,” and “Love Story,” this medley provides a good sampling of her fresh-sounding music.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

THE SPIRIT BOX and More Five Star Features from RWS Music Company 05 February, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

The Spirit Box by Bryce Newton, Grade 1
Conjuring up the whispers of spirits, ghosts, and ghouls, “The Spirit Box” is a spooky portrayal of things that go bump in the night. Whispering effects add a level of intrigue that is fun to play and is sure to provide a memorable performance. It’s perfect for Halloween programs, or a change of pace at any concert!

Not So Silent Night arr. Evan VanDoren, Grade 3.5
Every child imagines what it might be like to observe Santa Claus coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve. This programmatic work suggests how a movie soundtrack for that annual event might sound! Starting with a clever tango and ending with a cartoon-esque chase scene, this witty work from Evan VanDoren will engage the imagination of your students and audience alike!

Peace Noel arr. Bryce Newton, Grade 3
Written as a musical gift of peace and hope, this lush, beautiful setting of a popular holiday carol will certainly be a hit with your audience. The combination of various textures and styles combine to make this musical setting a wonderful, accessible teaching tool for your concert band and an excellent lyrical selection for your holiday program.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

2024 FIVE STAR FEATURES from Randall Standridge Music 24 January, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

El Manto Dorado by Jorge Vargas, Grade 2
“El Manto Dorado (The Golden Cape)” is a Spanish march, or pasodoble by composer Jorge Vargas. This style of march, popular in Spain and Mexico and with mariachi groups, was commonly used in bullfights, and the most popular ones were named after famous bullfighters. Driving rhythms and memorable melodies abound in this dazzling new offering that will showcase the best in your developing musicians at your next festival or concert performance.

Operation: Super Sleuth by Christina Huss, Grade 2
Warning! This description will self-destruct in thirty seconds! The excitement of spy and detective movies is translated to young band by composer Christina Huss! Beginning with a brief slow section to set a film noir-esque mood, the work quickly moves into a faster mode in 3/4 time as the chase is on! Rhythmic and driving, this work will provide a great challenge for your developing musicians! …3…2…1…BOOM!

Mesa Dances by Gavin Lendt, Grade 3.5
The beautiful and majestic landscapes and people of the southwest serve as the inspiration for this energetic new work by Gavin Lendt. Motivic repetition, relentless percussion, and dramatic dynamic effects paint a picture of the desert mountains underneath a cerulean sky. Featuring Lendt’s keen sense of orchestration, this exciting new piece would work well as an opener, finale, or any moment of your next concert or festival performance.

Time Travelers First Mission by Randall Standridge, Grade 0.5-1
It’s TIME for adventure in this unique new suite of miniatures by Randall Standridge. Take your young performers on a musical adventure through the ages while also exploring different time signatures and styles. Using the range of the first 6 notes usually taught to beginning students, this delightful work is both highly educational and wildly entertaining. Optional narrator audio files add to the effect of this standout new piece for beginning or developing musicians.

Dark Beginnings by Randall Standridge, Grade 1
In “Dark Beginnings,” Randall Standridge takes many familiar beginning band tunes (Hot Cross Buns, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep) and mashes them together with a sinister twist! These songs are transformed into minor mode versions and set along with bombastic percussion, driving rhythms, and vocal effects for the winds. Optional easier snare drum and mallet parts will ensure this work is appropriate for first or second-year players. Use the downloadable melody sheet to assist in your musicians’ development. A perfect way to make some of the first tunes your students learned “cool” again.

Me (reAffirmation) by Randall Standridge, Grade 1.5
Another chapter in the “unBroken Project,” this stirring work by Randall Standridge confronts the emotional toll that bullying takes on individuals. Borrowing themes and melodies from his work “Affirmation,” Randall has created a lullaby that evokes comfort, peace, and healing. Musical, colorful, and very timely, this work will bring out the emotional side of your musicians while providing a useful tool for discussing the challenges that many of our young musicians face.

Afterburn: Relaunch by Randall Standridge, Grade 2
Take to the skies again in this “relaunch” of Randall Standridge’s work “Afterburn.” Rescored, revoiced, and with new harmonic and countermelodic gestures, this new edition maintains the energy and fun of the original while creating more engaging moments for ALL musicians. We hope you enjoy this reimagining of a well-loved piece for band!

Fanfare Americana by Randall Standridge, Grade 2
The sweeping landscapes and sounds of American classical music serve as the inspiration for this new fanfare from composer Randall Standridge. Paying homage to Aaron Copland, this work balances careful scoring with quartal harmony and motivic development to provide a musical experience that is simultaneously exciting and accessible. The composer paid special attention to range to make sure that your ensemble will sound its best at your next concert, festival, or patriotic performance!

Fracas by Randall Standridge, Grade 3.5
Fracas (noun): a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar. This perfectly describes this new work by composer Randall Standridge that serves as a spiritual follow-up to his piece “Ruckus.” Inspired by the horn bands and jazz musicians of the 60’s and 70’s, this work includes memorable horn riffs, challenging percussion, and unbridled rhythmic energy. Pops meets symphonic to great effect in this work that is sure to bring the house down at your next concert!

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

INSPIRATION FANFARE: Flex Concert Pieces for Developing Band 15 January, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Inspiration Fanfare by Adrian B. Sims, Grade 2
Fueled by the inspiration of morning sunlight, Adrian Sims has written this colorful fanfare depicting joy and opportunity. The opening statement transforms throughout the piece, providing musically engaging parts for all. Extremely playable yet sophisticated in sound, “Inspiration Fanfare” creates a sense of anticipation and excitement. A joyful celebration of music!

Rippling Watercolors by Brian Balmages, Grade 2
While many often underestimate the extensive colors, harmonies, and emotional ranges available to younger ensembles, this stunning lyrical work by Brian Balmages sets out to explore those very qualities and more. While playable by middle school bands, “Rippling Watercolors” is a fully expressive work that is equally at home with mature ensembles. Gorgeous.

Tripwire by JaRod Hall, Grade 2
“Tripwire” is an incredibly clever work unlike anything out there and offers some extraordinary colors as a spy attempts to infiltrate enemy defenses. From the sneaky beginning melody to the loud and raucous rips that follow later on, this is an incredible change of pace for any concert! A fantastic and highly entertaining work by JaRod Hall!

Canon In Boombucket Major arr. Joseph Benjamin Earp, Grade 2
“Canon In Boombucket Major” was inspired by Pachelbel’s Canon. Utilizing boomwhackers and five-gallon buckets, the percussion section is featured in this new, inspired take on a timeless classic. It is also a great recruiting opportunity as you feature elementary students on their boomwhackers at your next concert. A great finale for any program!

Crusade by Vince Gassi, Grade 1.5
Set in the Dorian mode, “Crusade” by Vince Gassi opens with a foreboding theme and develops with vibrant and dramatic energy. It conjures images of strength, majesty, and passion. It continues to build throughout, culminating with a powerful, climactic ending. This FLEX title will add just the right amount of intrigue to your next concert!

Dr. ROCKenstein arr. Steve Hodges, Grade 1.5
Take some of the more memorable “scary” musical motives, set them to an exciting rock beat and you have the perfect end-of-rehearsal piece! Challenging and engaging, this clever FLEX arrangement of “Dr. ROCKenstein” by Steve Hodges provides plenty of opportunities for each section of the band to shine. With active percussion and solid scoring, this piece will be a real hit with the band and audience alike!

Flight of the Thunderbird by Richard L. Saucedo, Grade 2
First published in 2004, Richard Saucedo’s “Flight of the Thunderbird” has remained a popular choice for contest and festival for young players. Skillfully scored in this new edition for flexible instrumentation, this exciting work in one tempo will sound great with an ensemble of any size.

Shakespeare Meets Godzilla (The Good Bard and the Ugly) by Robert Buckley, Grade 2
Here is a flex version of Robert’s popular work for full band which colorfully depicts the madness and mayhem as musical worlds collide. An inventive mash-up of Renaissance and classic horror music, “Shakespeare Meets Godzilla” is entertaining but still with plenty of musical depth for teaching.

Themes from The Planets by Gustav Holst/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, Grade 2
Gustav Holst has long been revered as a master composer. His work transcribes wonderfully for concert band. Douglas Wagner has chosen portions of “The Planets” to create a through-played medley for young band in FLEX format. The arrangement contains the themes from “Venus, the Bringer of Peace”; “Mars, the Bringer of War”; and “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity.” The best of Holst arranged especially for your young band.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

Go On, Tell Your Story! 11 January, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

GO ON, Tell Your Story! by LaToya A. Webb and Julia L. Baumanis
“GO ON, Tell Your Story! Voices of Women Band Directors” is a powerful collection of real-life stories told by trailblazing women band directors of varied experiences and identities about the world of professional music and conducting.

Poignant, funny, sad, and uplifting, these stories offer a unique perspective into the challenging and rewarding world of music education and performance, inviting readers to listen and grow with each vignette.

The stories in the book are organized by theme into four sections – Pride, Affirmation, Togetherness, and Happiness – and readers are encouraged to use the book as more of a handbook than a front-to-back read. Along with stories, the book also includes affirmational quotes, a playlist of inspirational songs, and space for readers to reflect.

With the goal of building true support, community, and understanding, “GO ON, Tell Your Story!” is a wonderful companion for all musicians and educators as they grow in their lives and careers.

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About the Authors:
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.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!