News & Views Sunday, January 19, 2020

Category: Concert Band

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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A Voyage to Freedom: Americana for Concert Band 15 January, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

The Owner’s Manual to the Voice 13 January, 2020

oupusa-0199964680-fThe Owner’s Manual to the Voice by Rachael Gates with co-authors L. Arick Forrest, M.D. & Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.S./S.L.P.
Singers must equip themselves with enough knowledge to clearly convey specific sensations and difficulties with their instrument. Understanding of potential dangers and disorders, familiarity with a variety of medical procedures, and comprehension in various facets of diagnosis and treatments empower singers to “own,” just like other musicians, their instrument.

“The Owner’s Manual to the Voice” provides singers with the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively and in intelligent terms about their instrument, especially when conversing with medical professionals. Beginning with an overview of the vocal anatomy, lead author Rachael Gates, and co-authors L. Arick Forrest, M.D. and Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.C/S.L.P, proceed through detailed discussions of caring for the voice and common causes of vocal changes and problems before guiding the reader through the process of choosing, talking to, and working with an ENT. In so doing, they give insights that any professional voice user – whether singer, actor, broadcaster, politician, teacher, preacher, or lawyer – will find helpful if not essential. Also available in hard cover.

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Light Concert Programming for Community Band 09 January, 2020

coast to coast joe derhakerecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Coast to Coast: An American Musical Road Trip arr. Joe Derhake, Grade 3.5
Travel across the country from New York to San Francisco and points in between, as this medley drives you through some of the best-known songs about U.S. cities and states in just a few minutes! Just be sure to hold onto your seat. Though the ride begins with a smooth cruise, there are a few tricky curves in the road ahead, and maybe even an “Easter egg” or two. Featuring: “The Sidewalks of New York,” “My Kind of Town (Chicago Is),” “Kansas City, Here I Come,” “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

la mariposa lorrie baumLa Mariposa by Lorrie Baum, Grade 3.5
“La Mariposa,” with its very catchy and memorable lilting melodies, gives students exposure to Latin music in the form of the Mambo. The Mambo is a syncopated style of music and dance that originated in Cuba in the early 1900s. Alternating between D major and D minor, the melodic material in “La Mariposa” is evenly distributed between the high and low woodwinds and brass. Your students and audiences alike will love this piece!

Petersborough Sleighride by Richard Ellenberg/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3
Are you tired of the same old sleigh ride? Then jump aboard the “Petersborough Sleighride,” a delightful work which depicts a horse-drawn trek through the wintry backroads. A noted favorite of European salon music, this charming piece will be a favorite of your winter concert – or even summer concerts, to help cool off your audience! Listeners will smile and tap their feet as this music paints a picture of a wintery romp through the snow. Irresistible!

Sweet Horn Rag by Al Sweet, Grade 3
The F Horn section provides harmonic and rhythmic structure to the band, but does not often get a chance to be featured. “Sweet Horn Rag” was written to give them a chance to show their beauty and versatility.

three appalachian songs dwight biglerThree Appalachian Songs arr. Dwight Bigler, Grade 4
The classic early American folk songs “Cluck Old Hen,” “Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger” and “Sourwood Mountain” are beautifully set for band and chorus in this appealing concert suite. Arranged with various performance options available, these songs may be performed individually as well as together in a suite format. In addition, these can be performed with band alone, chorus and piano alone, or with combined groups.

A Trombone Family Reunion by Henry Fillmore/arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
Between 1908 and 1929, Henry Fillmore composed a series of fifteen novelty pieces featuring the trombone section with band. These became collectively known as “The Trombone Family,” with names and subtitles connecting them in sort of a musical genealogy. The three most popular family members, “Lassus Trombone,” “Miss Trombone,” and “Shoutin’ Liza Trombone” join together in a whimsical way for “A Trombone Family Reunion,” along with some “shirttail relatives” depicted by famous trombone excerpts from the symphonic repertoire. Included are quotations from “Blue Bells Of Scotland,” “Symphony No. 4” by Tchaikovsky, “Tannhauser Overture,” “Second Hungarian Rhapsody,” “Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” “Ride of the Valkyries,” “Turkey In The Straw,” and a few other surprises. Great fun!

Contact us for more creative programming ideas for your community band. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Sound Sight-Reading for Band 24 December, 2019

sound sight readingrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Sound Sight-Reading for Concert Band by Brian Beck, Scott Watson & Robert Sheldon
“Sound Sight-Reading” by Brian Beck, Scott Watson, and Robert Sheldon is part of the revolutionary Sound Innovations for Concert Band series. “Sound Sight-Reading” provides students with decoding strategies to help with reading music more quickly and accurately. Organized in six progressively detailed and expressive levels, each section introduces and reviews new notes, rhythms, time signatures, and other musical elements through a variety of performance material. The teacher’s score is packed with insights and ideas for musical games to help keep things fun and challenging.

Experience the many benefits of improved sight-reading:
* Maximize the contact time you have with students.
* Spend less time learning notes and more time learning expression, phrasing, balance, etc.
* Achieve better scores at festivals and other assessments.

Contact us for more recommendations for building reading skills in your concert band, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

To a New Journey: Concert Openers for Band 20 December, 2019

incendio salvador alan jacoborecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Incendio by Salvador Alan Jacobo, Grade 4.5
“Incendio”’s literal translation is “fire”, making this title all the more appropriate for Salvador Alan Jacobo’s fiery composition for concert band. The music immediately ignites from the beginning and never ceases to lose its abundant energy. Instead, it merely transforms and evolves over the course of this adventurous musical episode, conjuring up imagery of video-game combat and similar heroic feats. Jacobo’s “Incendio” is a musical inferno that sparks the inspiration and determination to take on brand new challenges and embark on blazing new adventures.

barn-012-4722-00-fRise (A Gay Games Anthem) by Rossano Galante, Grade 4
“Rise: A Gay Games Anthem” was commissioned by the Federation of Gay Games to accompany the raising of the official flag. This composition is heroic, uplifting, evocative of achievement, reverent, and welcoming. The work has global appeal, referencing the spirit embodied by the organization’s three guiding principles: Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best.

to a new journey naoya wadaTo a New Journey by Naoya Wada, Grade 3
“To A New Journey” from the pen of noted Japanese composer Naoya Wada is a bright showcase for concert band. This upbeat concert work is characterized by the composer’s creative use of soaring melodies and exciting rhythms, with interesting and engaging parts for all musicians. A great choice as a concert opener, closer, or contest piece. Truly impressive!

“Program with the pros” by contacting us for more repertoire ideas, or explore our website for options. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Native American Heritage for Concert Band 19 December, 2019

kolomoki r. alan carterrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Kolomoki by R. Alan Carter, Grade 1
The Kolomoki Mounds are one of the largest and earliest Woodland Period earthwork mound complexes in the Southeastern United States. Constructed between 350–600 A.D., the eight mounds include a Great Temple Mound, a ceremonial mound, several burial mounds and a large plaza in the center where some 1,500 residents lived in a large village of thatched houses. This rhythmic piece pulses with life and celebrates the Swift Creek and Weeden Island Indian peoples who lived there. “Kolomoki” is designed to make your beginners sound great.

earth and sky michael sweeneyEarth and Sky by Michael Sweeney, Grade 3
The Native American Omaha Tribe believed in an inseparable union between earth and sky. Commissioned for the Nebraska All-State 8th Grade Band, Michael Sweeney’s “Earth and Sky” celebrates this ideal with a balance of woodwind motifs and delicate textures (sky) contrasted with an underlying percussion ostinato and feature spots (earth). Rich chordal accompaniments and soaring melodies provide continuity and flow in this dynamic work for band.

native american homage kevin mixonNative American Homage by Kevin Mixon, Grade 3.5
To honor Native American cultures, Kevin Mixon has creatively scored “Native American Homage.” This work represents music typically heard at many modern-day powwows, commingling authentic sounds of nature and intertribal music. Contrasting lyrical and bravura sections authentically and respectfully present a substantive introduction to America’s oldest known indigenous music. This compelling new work will move audiences and draw critical acclaim.

Legends in the Mist by Michael Sweeney, Grade 3
Here is a compelling, evocative piece based on Native American folklore. The blend of inventive melodies, biting rhythms, exotic percussion, and special effects performed by the entire band, once again demonstrates Michael’s solid, confident craftsmanship for today’s concert groups.

arikara victor lopezArikara by Victor Lopez, Grade 1
This original composition highlights the Arikara Native American Indian tribe and integrates music and history into one cohesive learning experience. Guaranteed to meet your music needs and common core competencies.

Etowah by Brian Balmages, Grade 1.5
Heavily influenced by Native American sounds, “Etowah” pays homage to the great Cherokee and Creek nations that once thrived in modern day Georgia. The opening sounds echo the spirit of the ancient city of Etowah before the music builds, taking the listener back to when the city thrived. Including a large battery of percussion, innovative harmonies, and interesting textures not normally found in young band music, this is certain to be a huge favorite!

twas in the moon of wintertime robert w. smith‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime arr. Robert W. Smith, Grade 4
“’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” is a traditional Canadian carol which was originally written in the Huron Indian language by a Jesuit missionary. Robert W. Smith captures the mystique of the native Indian culture, and voices the percussion to be as ‘ethnically’ accurate as possible. This is pure Robert W. Smith scoring. Haunting!

The Moon of Winter arr. Vince Gassi, Grade 2
Vince Gassi’s moving adaptation of this traditional carol is a fine selection for any concert. The melody is presented in various styles through sections of the band, and characteristic percussion and interesting harmonies keep the work moving forward.

For more creative suggestions for your concert band, please contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Concert Band IN MOTION 12 December, 2019

chasing mercury travis j. wellerrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Chasing Mercury by Travis J. Weller, Grade 3
Mercury, known as the messenger of the gods, is easily identified by his unique winged shoes (talaria) and hat (petasos). “Chasing Mercury” depicts exactly that: a playful chase of the winged messenger. By whom? It is up to the young musicians who have the opportunity to bring this work to life. Those who are familiar with Gustav Holst’s “Mercury” will notice the opening motif chasing two themes of Holst’s around the rest of the work giving “Chasing Mercury” a second meaning. This fun and playful piece is certain to entertain and delight.

flying fortress robert w. smithFlying Fortress by Robert W. Smith, Grade 3
This stunning fanfare by veteran composer Robert W. Smith was inspired by the historic and legendary Boeing B-17 aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps in World War II. Beginning with a powerful timpani statement, the brass section responds with a bold introductory theme. Strong melodic lines interacting with woodwind flourishes make this piece sound more mature and difficult than the grade level indicates. We highly recommend this majestic fanfare for any concert, festival or ceremonial performance!

peloton brian drakeThe Peloton by Brian Drake, Grade 4
The piece is a programmatic work depicting a professional cycling race similar to the annual Spring Classics or a stage from one of the Grand Tours. Within the composition, there are sections representing the various sights and sounds of a race. This work is Mr. Drake’s tribute to the men and women of professional cycling that endure endless hours training and racing in punishing conditions to become some of the most amazing athletes on the planet. Written primarily in 6/8 meter, “The Peloton” gains momentum until the finish line is crossed in a glorious, climactic musical moment!

thrill ride brian balmagesThrill Ride by Brian Balmages, Grade 1
Fear, anxiety, adrenaline, and a sheer rush of excitement all take center stage in this musical depiction of a rollercoaster ride. After percussion simulate the sound of a lift hill, the ride is off in an action-packed series of drops, turns, and loops. Eventually the riders get their hands up in the air and revel in the unabashed joy of the moment before the ride comes to its end. Unique and powerful!

Email us at instrumental@stantons.com for more suggestions for your concert band, or browse our website for ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

NEW from Randall Standridge 05 December, 2019

alarm randall standridgerecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Alarm by Randall Standridge, Grade 1.5
Sound the alarms! This bombastic work will make an exciting addition to your next concert and keep your students motivated from rehearsal to rehearsal. Searing dissonances, tri-tones, and syncopated rhythms have been utilized carefully to create a challenging, yet achievable piece with active parts for all players. Sure to be a hit with musicians and audiences alike.

legacy overture randall standridgeLegacy Overture by Randall Standridge, Grade 3
This overture was written in memory of Dr. John Wacker, former Director of Bands at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, who tragically lost his life in a car accident on his way to playing a gig on his trumpet in 2014. Many aspects of Dr. Wacker’s personality are reflected in “Legacy Overture,” including his incredible heart, knowledge, sense of humor, and empathy. Written in a “classic” ABA overture form, the B middle section features a gorgeous trumpet solo. Your students will love preparing and performing this engaging band work!

march of the arachnids randall standridgeMarch of the Arachnids by Randall Standridge, Grade 2.5
“March of the Arachnids” is the second movement in the composer’s “Garden Suite,” following “Frogs” from 2018. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Shoo Fly” serve as its primary melodic material, though given a minor mode and 6/8 twist. Composer Standridge shows off his chops brilliantly by combining the two melodies for a rousing ending. This strikingly original march is perfect for any performance venue and is a fantastic way to teach your students how to play in fast 6/8.

Thrash by Randall Standridge, Grade 3.5-4
This unique and highly aggressive work was inspired by the heavy metal bands of the 1980s. Capturing the driving rhythms, dissonant harmonies, and savage sense of musical motion, this “heavy metal overture” relies on percussion and orchestrated power chords. Wow!

when summer's in the meadow randall standridgeWhen Summer’s in the Meadow arr. Randall Standridge, Grade 1.5
With its title originating in one of the most poignant, nostalgic lines of text in the Irish folk song “Danny Boy.” Standridge has created a dreamily beautiful setting of this beloved song, accessible to young bands. A number of scoring elements elevate this approachable work to a higher musical plane, including a unison clarinet section, well-placed chromatic passing tones, and dramatic counter-melodies. Bands at all levels will want to program this gorgeous arrangement, as the opportunities for expressive music making are nearly endless!

where words end randall standridgeWhere Words End by Randall Standridge, Grade 2
Sometimes, music is not “about” anything. It exists solely for the beautiful sounds it creates and the emotions derived from that aesthetic experience. “Where Words End…” falls firmly into this category of music. This expressive piece makes creative use of the ranges and colors available for young bands to create a truly remarkable new work for students and directors alike. “Where words end, music begins…”

If you need more repertoire ideas for your concert band, contact us to “program with the pros!” Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

New Concert Works for Year-Round Community Bands 02 December, 2019

flying fortress robert w. smithrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Flying Fortress by Robert W. Smith, Grade 3
This stunning fanfare by veteran composer Robert W. Smith was inspired by the historic and legendary Boeing B-17 aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps in World War II. Beginning with a powerful timpani statement, the brass section responds with a bold introductory theme. Strong melodic lines interacting with woodwind flourishes make this piece sound more mature and difficult than the grade level indicates. We highly recommend this majestic fanfare for any concert, festival or ceremonial performance!

la sorella marcia italiano andrew gloverLa Sorella (Marcia Italiano) arr. Andrew Glover, Grade 3.5
Marches from all around the world have different styles and sounds indigenous to each country of origin, and Italian marches have long been known and beloved for their melodic appeal and florid countermelodies. “La Sorella” is a famous concert march of Italian origin, available for the first time ever in a concert band arrangement. Audiences will delight to the happy melodies of this classic march. Delightful music from beginning to end!

The New Colossus March by Gene Milford, Grade 4
Inspired by the poem of the same name by American author Emma Lazarus, composer Gene Milford has crafted a wonderful new addition to the concert march repertoire. Written in a standard march format, “The New Colossus March” is sure to excite the crowds and challenge the musicians.

riverside overture robert sheldonRiverside Overture by Robert Sheldon, Grade 4
This spirited overture features tuneful and rhythmic melodies along with some poignant lyrical moments of expression. Bright, bold, and brimming with personality, this work is a great way to open a concert program!

Contact us for more information on these or other works for community band, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Chorales and Beyond 29 November, 2019

chorales and beyondrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Chorales and Beyond by Timothy Loest and Chip DeStefano, with percussion by Kevin Lepper
This incredible resource is an ideal way to expand or vary the daily routine of your ensemble while developing essential fundamental concepts of sound and intonation. Daily routines cover breathing, long tones, pitch matching, intervals, scales, arpeggios, chords, and chorales. All chorales are written in 4-part harmony with all parts appearing in each instrument book for ultimate flexibility with instrumentation. Centered around 10 common major and minor keys, each includes a daily routine and three chorales that can be used to provide constant variety and freshness. Personal warm-ups and musical terms are also included along with vibrant and engaging percussion writing from longtime master educator and percussionist Kevin Lepper!

Also available in this valuable series – Warm-Ups and Beyond and Rhythms and Beyond! Contact us for more information, and remember to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Marketing Your Music Program 27 November, 2019

leon-00287741-fMarketing Your Music Program by Sean Dennison Smith
“Marketing Your Music Program: From Traditional Branding to Digital Promotion” will easily guide you through today’s world of marketing – both traditional and modern forms of social media and websites. With quality content, a strong brand and a clear strategy, you can greatly increase the presence of your choir, orchestra and band. It will also help you discover effective and efficient ways to fundraise while building important connections with a wide-reaching community.

Topics covered include: marketing overview for your music program • branding your choir, orchestra and band • websites • “Power Four” platforms • additional marketing platforms • marketing your program inmarketing your music program sean dennison smith 30 minutes a week • the road to success • social media best practices • helpful resources and websites • equipment needs • press release templates • 50 content marketing ideas to enrich your music program.

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For Band Directors Teaching Choir 21 November, 2019

practical guide to choral conducting bradley ellingboerecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

What? Me? Teach choir? But I am a band director!

Perhaps you’re trained as a band director and you find yourself in a job where you are suddenly expected to teach a choral class, and the most training you’ve had is perhaps one or two semesters of voice. Check out these resources to competently approach teaching chorus when trained as a band director.

A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting by Bradley Ellingboe
With nearly 40 years of experience in the choral field, esteemed conductor and composer Bradley Ellingboe shares his wisdom, tips, and practical advice in an accessible and enjoyable style. His pragmatic approach will help you learn the right questions to ask for your own unique situation, and will help you learn to arrive at your own solutions.
The interrelated chapters guide you through the necessary steps for preparing a successful concert or season, making effective rehearsal plans, efficiently preparing your scores and conducting gestures, problem solving issues of vocal technique, and much more. The appendix of correlated, reproducible worksheets, templates, music, and handouts will help you more easily organize your plans and apply the useful suggestions.

finding your teacher voice katie o'connor-ballantyneFinding Your Teacher Voice by Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne
Singing is an integral part of any music classroom, but the voice works differently than other instruments and needs its own specific strategies. Whether you’re an instrumentalist who finds yourself teaching choir, or a vocalist who is an expert at singing, this book can make your rehearsals more successful. Beginning with an exhortation to use your own voice as a singing example – even if it’s not perfect – it presents all the skills your singers need to learn: posture, diction, pitch, notation, and the list goes on. Each chapter offers a clear overview of a singing goal, then lists several strategies you can use to achieve it with your group.

harmony handbook katie o'connor-ballantyneHarmony Handbook by Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne
A treasure trove of choral pedagogy! This step-by-step guide will take beginners from unison to two-part singing by focusing on the underlying aural and developmental skills necessary for success. Sequential chapters on unison, echo, round, and partner singing serve as benchmarks along the way to full harmony. Each of ten carefully curated songs is prefaced with a two-page rehearsal guide that targets essential objectives and suggests exercises and activities designed to introduce, explore, and master the pieces. Learn how to anticipate and address musical challenges for this repertoire, then transfer these masterful techniques to your entire program.

For more choral guidance, please contact us – we’re happy to help! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

“Masters of the Symphony” for Concert Band 13 November, 2019

finale from brahms symphony #1 david bobrowitzrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Finale from Brahms Symphony #1 arr. David Bobrowitz, Grade 1.5
Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 was finally premiered in 1876 after he had worked on and off for 14 years. This is an exciting new arrangement for young band that captures all sections of the final movement. Totally playable by young performers, the audience will be both shocked and impressed by the sophistication that your group will demonstrate in its performance. The arrangement starts with the dramatic slow beginning that leads to the famous theme (bar 10). The well-known driving rapid ending starts at bar 35. This arrangement is a wonderful way to introduce young players to fine classical music. Very playable and authentic sounding, this fine arrangement is a terrific selection for a concert finale!’

masters of the symphony mekel rogersMasters of the Symphony arr. Mekel Rogers, Grade 1.5
Familiar melodies from three famous symphonies are carefully transcribed for developing players in this authentic, yet highly playable arrangement. Included are Dvorák’s “Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World,’” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” and Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ.’” Teaching opportunities abound with this exquisite collection of masterpieces.

Farandole by Gabriel Pierné/arr. Kevin Norbury, Grade 2.5
The farandole is an open-chain community dance popular in Provence, France. This delightful, stylized version by Pierné is taken from his collection of piano pieces for children, “Album pour mes petits amis (Album for my little friends).”

scossa elettrica giacomo puccini daniel kingScossa Elettrica by Giacomo Puccini/arr. Daniel King, Grade 4
Marked by its bright brass textures, energetic pulse, and cheerful woodwind melodies, this arrangement makes an ideal concert opener featuring multiple brass fanfares and technical passages for woodwinds.

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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Pictures of the Holidays 06 November, 2019

as all the angels sing rob romeynrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

As All the Angels Sing by Rob Romeyn, Grade 2.5
Based on the traditional carol “Angels From The Realms of Glory,” “As All The Angels Sing” is the perfect opening or closing statement for your holiday concert! The sparkling introductory theme is creatively enhanced by snippets of other festive, well known carols, leading to a heartfelt setting of “Still, Still, Still” that is simply beautiful. The music then ends as it began, festive and strong. Varied instrumental colors and contrasting styles are musically rewarding, and will make this selection a favorite of bands from younger levels all the way up to adult community groups. Let the holiday season begin!

christmas carol trilogy russell robinson michael j. millerChristmas Carol Trilogy arr. Russell Robinson & Michael J. Miller, Grade 2.5
Christmas Carol Trilogy includes the three beloved favorites, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Greensleeves”, and “Joy to the World”. This band arrangement can be played alongside Robinson’s vocal arrangements of the same name — but is also wonderful as a stand-alone piece. Perfect for your seasonal concert needs, all who listen will be embraced by the warmth and joy of the holiday season.

we wish you a klezmer christmas lauren bernofskyWe Wish You a Klezmer Christmas arr. Lauren Bernofsky, Grade 2.5
Christmas and Chanukah faiths collide in this hilarious yet musically satisfying work! Four popular Christmas melodies are set in four distinct and characteristic klezmer styles (with entertaining musical commentary along the way). Of course, the Dreidel Song makes a cameo appearance at the end. Tons of fun and wildly entertaining!

Carols! Pictures of the Holidays arr. David Shaffer, Grade 3
How can you make Christmas carols exciting and fun? Add lots of percussion, of course! “Carols” is a medley of “God Bless Ye Merry Gentleman,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “He is Born, the Holy Child,” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Driving percussion, exciting harmonies and African drumming styles are combined to bring this arrangement together in a setting that will delight your audiences. Lots of fun for your students to prepare as well!

celtic holy night robert w. smithCeltic Holy Night arr. Robert W. Smith, Grade 3
The holy night of Christmas is celebrated in many cultures throughout the world. Robert W. Smith gives us a new arrangement of the classic carol “O Holy Night” in a Celtic style. Following a beautiful introductory statement, the Irish musical roots come to the fore through percussion and flutes as they create an Irish jig. The clarinets present the melody in the beautiful chalumeau register juxtaposed against the jig. The arrangement builds throughout leading to a very exciting conclusion that is decidedly an Irish celebration. Very highly recommended!

Santa’s Workshop Samba arr. Bryce Newton, Grade 3
Based around the popular holiday melody “Toyland”, Bryce Newton’s entertaining take on the elves at work is sure to be a hit! An exceptional change of pace from traditional holiday fare, your students will have a blast putting this one together for their holiday assemblies or concerts. Keep an ear out for several familiar holiday melodies the mischievous elves have woven throughout. Lots of fun!

Find more for Christmas and winter holidays on our website, or contact us to brainstorm more ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

“Christmas Around the Band Room”: Holiday for Young Band 23 October, 2019

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Christmas Around the Band Room arr. Lisa Galvin, Grade 0.5
Who says easy can’t be fun? “Christmas Around the Band Room” is a satisfying medley of three holiday favorites, giving every section of the band an opportunity to be spotlighted with the melody! Even the youngest ensembles will gain independence and confidence as they prepare this cleverly-scored full band arrangement using only the first six notes of instruction. This would be an ideal choice for your young band’s first holiday concert!

abandoned toy shop timothy loestAbandoned Toy Shop by Timothy Loest, Grade 1
Orphaned toys come to life in this eerie tour of an abandoned toy store. The work opens and closes with Victor Herbert’s dreamlike “Toyland” as a Jack-in-the-box plays “Pop Goes the Weasel.” A wealth of toy sounds make their appearance among diminished chords, tri-tones, and the “Dies Irae,” which surrounds an aleatoric section featuring a whole host of noisy toys. Highly accessible, extremely creative, and definitely memorable!

A Festive Finale by Brian Balmages, Grade 1
After countless requests from directors everywhere, Balmages is thrilled to offer this closer that pairs perfectly with “A Festive Fanfare” and brings your program full circle. Loosely based on the opening notes of the fanfare, this thrilling and energetic closer is a great way to tie your entire program together and end in a truly festive fashion. So. Much. Fun.

santa's midnight ride rob griceSanta’s Midnight Sleigh Ride by Rob Grice, Grade 1
Oh no, Santa’s running late! It’s midnight, and Santa is just leaving the North Pole for his long night’s journey, delivering toys to all the good children of the world! “Santa’s Midnight Sleigh Ride” is designed to capture the imaginations of younger musicians during the holiday season. Sure to be entertaining for the audience as well as the students!

Christmas Celebration on “Military Escort” by Harold Bennett/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, Grade 2
Henry Fillmore, often referred to as one of the other “March Kings,” was a prolific writer with a renowned body of work released under his own name, as well as several pseudonyms. “Harold Bennett” was chosen for this frequently played favorite. See if you can hear the four cherished Christmas tunes seamlessly interwoven in this innovative textbook example of the traditional march form. Superb for both teaching and holiday programming.

minor holiday celebration robert w smithA Minor Holiday Celebration arr. Robert W. Smith, Grade 2
Two Christmas classics have been masterfully re-arranged into a harmonic minor mode providing a new twist on these holiday favorites. Robert W. Smith has woven together “Joy To The World” and “Jingle Bells” with quotes from other familiar melodies including “The Dreidel Song” and “Hallelujah Chorus”. A very effective addition to the holiday repertoire for developing bands.

Contact us for more suggestions for your young band, or explore our website for more ideas! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

“An October Sky”: Especially for Concert Band 01 October, 2019

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The Haunted Mansion by Matt Neufeld, Grade 1
You find yourself at the door of a large mansion. It’s nighttime, and you don’t remember how you got here, or even why you’re at this house in the first place. You step inside to see a long, carpeted hallway, with many large portraits covering the walls. You don’t see or hear anyone, but you can feel that there’s a party going on somewhere. As you walk down the hallway, you think you might hear music, and it’s getting louder. You open the door at the end of the hall, and step inside the ballroom…

ghost chasers joseph compelloGhost Chasers by Joseph Compello, Grade 1.5
“Ghost Chasers” is a perfect selection for Halloween, but great for any time you’re in the mood for some spooky fun. In this playful piece, Ghost and Chaser are heard in the simple counterpoint between the two sections. Students will find the independent part playing both challenging and fun. Your ensemble will also gain experience in changing articulation from Marcato to Legato and practicing restraint and balance in the half measure lag between the two sections playing the same theme.

Lost Woods Fantasy by Jarod Hall, Grade 1.5
This unique work follows a young group of friends in search of adventure in a nearby forest late at night. Once inside, the trees around them begin to stretch and seal off the entrance. Trapped inside, they must find a way out… Incredibly colorful and engaging music that is certain to be a highlight of your program.

horseman of sleepy hollow rob romeynThe Horseman of Sleepy Hollow by Rob Romeyn, Grade 2
Get ready for some Halloween fun with “The Horseman Of Sleepy Hollow,” a creative and well-written novelty selection easily accessible to bands. A spooky and ominous introduction using the tune “Skin and Bones” sets the stage for this creepy and hilarious ride on horseback through the fictional Sleepy Hollow. Better hold on, towards the end our horse gets a little spooked and starts speeding up! In this entertaining setting, students will learn to watch the conductor through the changes of tempo. Accessory percussion and timpani glissandos add to the spooky effect. A fun and entertaining favorite for bands and audiences alike!

october sky barry milnerAn October Sky by Barry Milner, Grade 3
Inspired by an October afternoon when the sun had not yet lost its warmth, this piece is an attempt to recreate that moment – being thankful for all we are given, appreciating the beauty around us, and reflecting upon the importance of family and those we love.

Maelstrom (Descent Into Darkness) by Larry Neeck, Grade 3
“Maelstrom: Descent Into Darkness” is an intense and powerful work featuring brisk melodic themes underpinned by propulsive low brass/low woodwind and percussion lines. Very musical mixed meters, and special maelstrom descent into darkness larry neeckwoodwind and percussion effects heighten the intensity of this work. The lyrical themes of the ethereal middle section provide a resonant contrast to the propulsive nature of the rest of the music. Perfect for contest or concert, this dynamic work will showcase the musical capability and finesse of your entire band.

Find more Five Star Features for your concert band on our website, or contact us for more innovative ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

The Stanton’s Difference: Bring Your Students! 11 September, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

busBesides making it a road trip to Stanton’s to work with our knowledgeable staff, you can also bring your students!

While a number of directors visit us on Saturdays or professional days throughout the school year, and some make a summer pilgrimage from nearby states, it is also not unusual for us to see a school bus full of students pull into our parking lot about once or twice a year (don’t worry, we only hide briefly). After a quick “lay-of-the-land” tour, we are happy to turn students loose to shop, and they are welcome to take advantage of our first-hand musical knowledge, as well.

Preparations for solo & ensemble adjudicated events provide a perfect opportunity to introduce your students to Stanton’s. What a great use of time, and a unique experience for the students! Besides finding their solo or ensemble piece with some guidance from their teacher, they are also free to check out a whole host of method and etude books, pop play-alongs, and holiday collections that are on-hand as well.

We often hear from educators who have moved on to other states that they do not have a music supplier like Stanton’s even within driving distance, and many stores do not let customers freely browse all of their titles. Besides having directors take advantage of stopping by the store, what can be better than bringing aspiring musicians (and tomorrow’s teachers!) to musical Candy Land!?

For more details or questions, please visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 28 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

a-cityscape-of-Columbus-Ohio.-1500x609Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock. We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works: Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card. We send you the in-stock materials you request, and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs. As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged. If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

try.gifWhat You Can Take On Trial (by department):
Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo Vocal: You may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and Instrumental: You may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles (only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List).

Piano/Keyboard: Up to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each. Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial. 75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: Big Enough to Serve Your Needs – Small Enough to Serve YOU 21 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

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– Stanton’s Sheet Music has direct access to all major and many minor, independent, and European publishers, allowing us to carry and order hundreds of thousands of print music titles for you.

Stanton’s e-Tools are designed to make your job easier! Use our Listening Library, Jukebox, YouTube channel, Wish List, and Digital Delivery features to compare and organize titles for your music program.

– Itemized purchase orders, bids, quotes, and large orders are no problem. We work with many schools around the country and U.S. International schools who “bulk order” over the summer.

– Besides providing music to customers all over the country, access to major publishers like Hal Leonard and Alfred combined with stantons.com gives Stanton’s Sheet Music global reach with numerous international orders and worldwide shipping destinations.

But Small Enough to Serve YOU
– Stanton’s Sheet Music is still a single location, family-owned store in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We do not have a separate warehouse or call center, and our website is just another way to shop for music with Stanton’s.

– We have three sales departments, each with a specific number of dedicated, specialized staff: Choral & Classroom Music, Band & Orchestra, and Keyboard & Pop. While anyone in a respective department can help you, if you find a specific staff member you like to work with, feel free to request them.

gm clinic 2018We are your customer service. We answer your phone calls and e-mails. We fill your orders and process your online orders. We personally handle your “sheet music emergencies.” We solve any problems should they arise. We will get to know you by name, and by working with you over time, get to know your program.

We are your partner in music education, performance, and ministry. We choose our Stanton’s Five Star Features to help make your job easier. We organize and conduct Stanton’s numerous clinics, workshops and reading sessions. We develop Stanton’s e-Tools with you, the music teacher, in mind.

We hope that over the course of this series we have given you some reasons to make Stanton’s your #1 choice for sheet music. If not, give us a call or place an order with us, and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been Sheet Music Specialists since 1960!

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