News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Category: Jazz

The Singer’s Jazz Anthology 02 March, 2020

00287132-wlThe Singer’s Jazz Anthology is an exciting new series providing aspiring jazz vocalists and pianists with staples of the jazz repertoire. New in the series is Pop Standards, available for both high and low voice. The singer’s portion matches the original sheet music, and the pianist has fresh, unique accompaniments in authentic jazz style. The accompaniments can be played as written, or the pianist can use the chord labels to improvise the accompaniment. Audio Access is also provided so the singer has a recording to use in either practice or performance.

Titles include: “Alfie,” “Blackbird,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Fire and Rain,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Rolling in the Deep,” “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “Three Times a Lady,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “Yesterday,” and more.

Whether you like to sing by yourself or for others, you will find that this collection will be fun to sing from! For more information about this collection, you can call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Jazz Solo Features 28 February, 2020

lavender sunset gregory yasinitskyrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Trumpet Features
Lavender Sunset by Gregory Yasinitsky, Grade 2
This beautiful ballad scored for developing groups features 2nd Trumpet with an emphasis on lyricism and rich harmonies. The double time solo section can be played as written or ad lib. Featuring Kendor Konvertible scoring for 9-17 players, each set includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson and optional flute, clarinet, horn in F, tuba and vibes parts.

Untold Story by Doug Beach & George Shutack, Easy
This beautiful 8/8 ballad is the perfect showcase for your trumpet soloist. The pensive melody and rich harmony combine to create a wonderful change of pace easy level chart. While there is a short section that may be improvised, the solo part is entirely written and no improvisation is required.

Alto Sax Feature
My Dear by Andrew Neu, Grade 3.5
This classic big band alto sax feature was recorded on “The Big Band Side Of Andrew Neu: Catwalk” featuring Eric Marienthal. Beginning as a jazz ballad, it transitions to a double time swing for the written or ad lib solo section. This is the perfect alto feature for advancing groups. A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

too little time sammy nesticoTrombone Feature
Too Little Time arr. Sammy Nestico, Grade 4
Sammy Nestico pays tribute to his long-time friend and trombone icon, Bill Watrous, with this touching setting of Mancini’s “Too Little Time.” Written in a lush ballad style, this is a fitting tribute to a towering performer.

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About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Rhapsody in Blue for Two Pianos 13 February, 2020

00286540-wlGeorge Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue changed the landscape of American music at its 1924 premiere. Its irresistible fusion of classical and jazz has made it one of the most popular American concert works of all time.

Now available in a new edition for two pianos, four hands! For this new edition, all available sources at the Library of Congress were consulted, including full scores for piano and orchestra as well as two-piano reductions. This edition includes a second copy of the music, making it ideal for all concerto settings. Historical background and critical notes on the sources provide a fascinating window into Gershwin’s composition process.

See the video below for a great recording of the two piano version, and visit our previous post for information about a book to help you teach yourself to play blues and boogie style piano.

For more information about this new edition, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

online catalog directory program with the prosView all of Stanton’s Five Star Features and favorites with our new online catalogs! Featuring our favorite new titles for school and sacred ensembles in fun, programmable categories, use our online catalogs to go straight to a title’s preview material. Visit our directory to find the catalog for your ensemble.

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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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NEW for High School Jazz Ensemble 08 January, 2020

cerebro congelado gordon goodwinrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Cerebro Congelado by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 3.5
A Latin-pop original, that’s kind of funky, targeted at the skilled high school level. It’s played around 176 BPM with lead trumpet range to written high C. Sample solos are provided for all instruments and the Latin percussion part includes bongos, congas, cowbell, and shaker. Optional vibes, flute, F horn, and tuba. It’s very hip.

Stablemates by Benny Golson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 3
This wonderful jazz standard swings at 160 BPM with the opening melody line played by alto, tenor, trumpet, and trombone. Sample jazz solos are provided for tenor 1, trumpet 2, drums, and the lead trumpet range is up to written B-flat above the staff. Sax solis, a shout chorus, and superb writing throughout create a top-shelf chart.

big mouth jeff jarvisBig Mouth by Jeff Jarvis, Medium
This chart has all the characteristics that make Jeff Jarvis’ funk charts so popular with jazz bands everywhere. Written in the style of Tower of Power, frequent articulations are provided for the horns and the rhythm parts. Everyone has interesting and challenging parts to play throughout, and the solo changes are very accessible.

In Your Own Sweet Way by Dave Brubeck/arr. John Wasson, Grade 4
One of Dave Brubeck’s most famous compositions, this ballad has been recorded by such luminaries as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Wes Montgomery. Arranged here in an easy flowing swing style, John Wasson’s chart takes full advantage of the many colors of the entire jazz ensemble along with a rich harmonic palette. Solos are included for alto sax and trumpet.

turning point doug beachTurning Point by Doug Beach, Medium
Looking for an exciting opener that breaks away from the 12-bar blues format? This medium level swing chart has everything you need! The strong introduction leads right into the exciting minor based melody. Plenty of exciting ensemble work, an open solo section (written or ad lib) and a sax soli round out the package.

Contact us for more ideas for your jazz band, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Sneaky Pete: for College-Level Jazz Ensemble 31 December, 2019

alone together bob curnowrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Alone Together arr. Bob Curnow, Grade 4
Bob Curnow has arranged this haunting melody with lots of interesting counterpoint and harmonies throughout. It has a brief written tenor saxophone and trombone solo and is written in a comfortable range making this a must have for your band and audience!

T.O.P. Adjacent by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 6
If you want funky, this is it! In a nutshell, this is Tower of Power meets Gordon Goodwin, simple as that. Solo space provided for alto, tenor, bari, trumpet, trombone, and various rhythm players.

bolivian fantasy michael philip mossmanBolivian Fantasy by Michael Philip Mossman, Grade 5
As the title implies, this Michael Mossman original captures a Bolivian style utilizing various layers of sound and shifting moods. Trombones are featured first, but every section of the band gets a workout on this stunning piece. A stop-time section launches the tenor sax solo, and an open percussion feature sets up the powerful finish with the entire ensemble.

Sneaky Pete by Ric Flauding, Grade 4
This funky horn-driven chart weaves in and out of the boundaries with winding chromatic lines and high energy accompaniment. Solo space for tenor sax, trombone, and guitar, and the drums get several smaller opportunities, too. Trumpet range is to written high C. Trombone range is to G.

cherry juice thad jonesCherry Juice by Thad Jones, Grade 6
As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on the album New Life, this fast swing ‘opus’ starts with a full-band statement and a short piano solo before the flugelhorn soloist steps into the spotlight. Then tenor carries a solo chorus, followed by a powerful ensemble shout, an incredible sax soli, a 16-bar piano solo, a short band recap of the main theme, and closing coda.

Contact us for more recommendations for your advanced jazz ensemble, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

“Slim Chickens”: Especially for Middle School Jazz Ensemble 09 December, 2019

step lightly joe henderson mike kamufrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Step Lightly by Joe Henderson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 2
An outstanding swing chart that is accessible in every way. The melody is stated by alto, tenor, and trumpet; the tempo is 120 BPM; and the lead trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff. This chart includes written-out suggested solos for tenor 1 and trumpet 2, a sweet shout chorus, and all the usual optional parts plus vibes and clarinet.

Recorda Me (Remember Me) by Joe Henderson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 2.5
One of the best jazz standards arranged in a Latin groove played at 156 BPM. The melody is handled by tenor, trumpet, and guitar with written solos provided for tenor and trumpet. Lead trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff. Optional parts provided for vibraphone, flute, and clarinet.

slim chickens kris bergSlim Chickens by Kris Berg, Grade 2.5
This chart is very accessible for young players with lead trumpet range to written G on top of the staff. It includes written-out suggested solos for tenor 1 and trombone 1 with background figures to support the soloists. It’s a toe-tapper played at around 148 BPM with some nice bari sax parts, a sax soli, and full-sounding ensemble sections.

Blue Groove by Ethan Freier, Grade 2
This blues with a funky groove will be a sure hit with everyone. Classic funk horn lines combine with a driving rhythmic feel to create an instant classic. All “First Place for Jazz” selections feature moderate ranges, notated rhythm section parts, and open solo sections.

u d'bossa rod blumenauU D’Bossa by Rod Blumenau, Grade 2
A beautifully crafted bossa nova that features very colorful harmonies and enouch syncopation to be interesting but still playable by all. A great way to introduce this classic style to players and audiences. All “First Place for Jazz” selections feature moderate ranges, notated rhythm section parts, and open solo sections.

Firewalker by Dean Sorenson, Grade 2
This chart begins with the horns alone and builds to a driving samba. Starts strong and never looks back! All “First Place for Jazz” selections feature moderate ranges, notated rhythm section parts, and open solo sections.

Explore our website for more for your young jazz band, or contact us for ideas! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

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.

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

Pop Tunes for Jazz Ensemble 22 November, 2019

diggin' the new digs paul murtharecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Diggin’ the New Digs arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
From the entertaining soundtrack of “Incredibles 2,” Michael Giacchino includes this marvelous jazz waltz that works great for full jazz ensemble. Baritone sax gets a rare turn in the spotlight, followed by the brass section with sax answers. The solo section can feature any combination of alto sax, trumpet or trombone. A fun change of pace.

Shake a Tail Feather arr. John Wasson, Grade 3
Recorded by Ray Charles in 1963, this funky classic has been covered by countless artists, but is probably best remembered from Ray’s performance of it in the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers.” Arranged here for young bands with plenty of drive and energy!

smackwater jack roger holmesSmackwater Jack arr. Roger Holmes, Grade 3
Included on Carole King’s landmark album “Tapestry” from 1971, this churnin’ tune features a sultry shuffle groove at a moderate tempo. Solid scoring for the entire ensemble along with spicy riffs help make this one particularly fun.

Think arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
In the movie “The Blues Brothers,” Aretha Franklin steals the show with her classic performance of this soulful rocker. In this hot chart for jazz band, trombones are featured in the beginning and later the entire ensemble. The solo section is flexible, however written samples are provided for alto sax, trumpet and trombone.

My Girl arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 2
Here’s the classic Motown hit from 1964 and The Temptations in a great-sounding arrangement for young players. No solos required. Just skillful scoring for the entire ensemble.

papa was a rollin' stone rick stitzelPapa Was a Rollin’ Stone arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 2
This acclaimed hit from 1972 was the final #1 single from super group The Temptations. With a haunting yet appealing minor groove, this chart offers interesting parts for all sections of the band.

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
Here’s the stunning hit single from the movie A Star Is Born recorded by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. This arrangement for young players features a rock ballad style and solid scoring for the entire ensemble.

Contact us for more information on these or other titles for jazz band, or browse our website for more ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

‘Tis the Season to Be Funky 31 October, 2019

tis the season to be funky doug beach george shutackrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

‘Tis the Season to Be Funky arr. Doug Beach & George Shutack, Medium Easy
Bring the holidays on with this medley of Christmas classics in a half-time funk style. The funky groove will have everyone tapping their feet or even dancing in the aisle! Great tunes, solid voicings and space for your soloists (written or ad lib) all add up to a medley that will be the hit of your holiday program.

home for the holidays john wasson(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays arr. John Wasson, Grade 3
Few holiday songs have the staying power and popularity of this familiar tune, known primarily from the recordings by Perry Como in the 1950s, but also the Carpenters in 1984. Here is a lush and easy-flowing bossa nova setting sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Solos are included for alto sax and flugelhorn.

Merry Christmas and All That Jazz arr. Mike Story, Grade 1
An easy to play jazz waltz featuring two holiday songs, “The Holly and the Ivy” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The tempo is 128 BPM, trumpet 1 range is to written F top line, no individual solos and lots of optional parts.

christmas joy and spirit sammy nesticoChristmas: The Joy and Spirit arr. Sammy Nestico, Grade 1.5
Showcasing the genius of Sammy Nestico at his creative best, these inventive arrangements give directors countless options for holiday programs — selections can be played singly or together, tempos include slow, medium and fast, and styles range from lyrical and expressive to bright and snappy. In a word, there’s something here for everyone! Rhythm section parts are notated.

Find more holiday options for young jazz ensemble on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Hot & Cold for Jazz Ensemble 21 October, 2019

four miles davis john berryrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Four by Miles Davis/arr. John Berry, Grade 2
The saxes do most of the heavy lifting on this easy version of the Miles Davis standard. In addition, there is a short sax soli and a written or ad lib solo for trumpet. This is a wonderful introduction for young players to one of the most important jazz figures of the 20th century. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm; includes optional parts for flute, clarinet, F horn and tuba.

milestones miles davis mike tomaroMilestones by Miles Davis/arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 5
Mike Tomaro has taken this Miles Davis standard and created a roaring arrangement that screams with big band excitement. In a medium uptempo swing style, this chart includes solos for trumpet and tenor plus an ensemble shout that really pays off!

Nardis by Miles Davis/arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
The definitive recording of this jazz classic is by Bill Evans, with other notable recordings by Cannonball Adderley and Joe Henderson. Paul Murtha’s arrangement for young groups features a Latin style on the head then switches to swing on the bridge. Includes very effective writing for all sections of the band as well as solo space for alto sax.

vierd blues miles davis michael philip mossmanVierd Blues by Miles Davis/arr. Michael Philip Mossman, Grade 4
Recorded in the mid-1950s and also known as “Trane’s Blues,” this jazz classic is credited to Miles Davis but reportedly penned by John Coltrane. Regardless, Michael Mossman’s refreshing version crafted in a moderate cha-cha groove puts this standard tune in a completely new light. The solo section can be handled by any sax.

Out Back of the Barn by Gerry Mulligan/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 4
What better instrument to feature on a bluesy bump and grind swinger like this than baritone sax? Written in a medium slow 12/8 feel, this chart will make your entire band sound great, plus allow an often neglected player to really shine.

jeru gerry mulligan michael tomaroJeru by Gerry Mulligan/arr. Michael Tomaro, Grade 4
One of the highlights from Miles Davis’ landmark recording “Birth of the Cool” is this medium swing composition by Gerry Mulligan. Skillfully adapted for full jazz ensemble from the original, this arrangement features solos for trumpet and baritone sax (opt. tenor), as well as stellar ensemble writing. A classic!

Walkin’ Shoes by Gerry Mulligan/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
Using a band within a band format, Mark Taylor has crafted a great-sounding arrangement of this Gerry Mulligan jazz standard perfect for younger groups. The style is a relaxed medium swing, and there are written or ad lib solos for trumpet and tenor sax.

Need more for your jazz band? Find it at stantons.com!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

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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The Stanton’s Difference: For New Teachers 14 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!

The staff at Stanton’s understands the stresses and pressures of the first year of teaching. Getting to know your building and district, discipline, lesson plans, evaluations, booster groups, budgets/purchasing, scheduling….oh, yeah, and actually teaching! We’d like to make your life just a little bit easier, and here’s what we can do to help:

clipart-money-money-clip-art-pictures-jpg-FvwF6D-clipartMoney Matters: Requisitions, purchase orders, board accounts, booster accounts; it can all seem “Greek to you” if you’re not familiar with school purchasing. Visit or call us as soon as you are hired to determine what kind of account(s) your school has and what you have to do to get music. Don’t be shy, ask lots of questions now!

We’re Happy To Meet You: Come on down and visit us in person! Introduce yourself to the staff, let us know what and where you’re teaching. We can give you a short tour of the store and let you know what kinds of products we have that fit your needs. We’ll also be happy to send you home with any current promotional materials or a 21 Day Trial so you can choose literature at your leisure.

questionSo Much Music, So Little Time: The tens of thousands titles that we have in stock can be a bit overwhelming for anyone. The music educators on our staff can steer you in the right direction, offering suggestions for all types of classes and ensembles at all levels. We spend hundreds of hours each year reviewing new publications, so we show you only the best of what’s out there.

E-Tools: Stanton’s website has several different e-tools to assist you in choosing, purchasing and teaching your music. There’s our YouTube channel, Jukebox, Listening Library, Digital Delivery and, of course, the Stanton’s Barcode Scanner App – available for free in The App Store and Google Play.

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

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The Stanton’s Difference: Setting Up Accounts Is Easy! 24 July, 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!

If you’re a school, church or community music director, your purchases are usually invoiced to an account to be paid by your institution. If you are new to any of these positions, or have recently changed gigs, give us a call! We will be happy to provide you with your organization’s account number(s), and walk you through the billing process.

Are you new to shopping with Stanton’s? Rest easy – our staff can check to see if your organization already has an account (many often do), and if not, setting up a new account is easy! In fact, we can help you set up a new account when you place your first order, or make your first purchase, in a matter of minutes!

free-vector-invoice-conceptWhat we need:
– Name of the organization to be billed
– Billing address
– Billing phone number
– Purchase order number (if required by billing institution)
Let us know where you would like to have your order shipped, and you’re done!

Some notes:
– Stanton’s can bill your: School Board/District; Church; School Building Activity Fund; Booster organization; Community Band/Choir organization
– We can assign multiple ship-to addresses and institutional credit cards to your account.
– You can bill orders to your account at our store, over the phone, at stantons.com, or at any conference or reading session where we’re exhibiting!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with our sales staff, or press 4 to speak directly with our Accounting Department, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Patriotic Arrangements for Community Jazz Ensembles 05 July, 2019

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Jazz Superset #5: The Patriotic Collection arr. Mike Lewis, Grade 3.5
Warner Bros Publications selected the six patriotic songs in this Jazz Superset #5 to provide music for the jazz ensemble that is accessible and suitable for a variety of occasions, tempos and styles. They include “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “America (My Country ’tis of Thee),” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “American Patrol” and “God Bless the U.S.A.” Arranger Mike Lewis has paid special attention not only to musical details, but also to the jazz style of each of these patriotic songs. Although jazz harmonies and stylistic considerations are incorporated into these arrangements, each melody maintains its original integrity. Written for standard instrumentation (5/4 4/4), these arrangements are playable with only six brass. Optional parts are included for flute, tuba, French horn, and baritone horn treble clef. This Super Set is designed for the medium level; however, professional ensembles will find this arrangement an invaluable asset to their libraries as well.

leon-07010784-fAmerica the Beautiful arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 4
Mike Tomaro brings us a bluesy and soulful rendition of this patriotic favorite that features either an alto sax soloist or vocal soloist. Great gospel feel for big band!

God Bless America arr. John Berry, Grade 2.5
John Berry has come up with an excellent version of this Irving Berlin favorite that maintains a sense of reverence yet will sound great with a jazz ensemble. Easy to learn, this will make a nice addition to your programming needs.

barn-032-3761-00-fThe Star-Spangled Banner arr. Paul Clark, Medium Difficulty
Although this piece is not usually associated with jazz bands, this arrangement works so well it can appropriately be included in any jazz concert. It’s also invaluable to have in the files for those “emergency” situations where a jazz group is called upon to perform our National Anthem. It includes just the right elements to give it a jazz flavor, yet maintains the dignity and reverence of the original. While it is harmonically jazzy, it is rhythmically traditional and can serve as accompaniment for audience singing. It is also playable with reduced instrumentation. If your jazz ensemble plays for basketball games, this is perfect. A wise investment for all jazz programs! Highly recommended!

alfred-26864-fAmerican Patrol arr. Mike Lewis, Grade 1.5
Glenn Miller’s band made this a huge World War II hit song and it is scored here for the young player. Mike Lewis arranged this chart with no individual solos, very modest brass ranges and plenty of ensemble sound. 1st trumpet range is to written E-flat on the top space. Easy to rehearse and perform.

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Make Music Day 2019 21 June, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

#makethemostmusic #MakeMusicDay

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Advance with Aebersold 19 June, 2019

Jamey-Aebersold-250x250recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Anyone can learn to play jazz & improvise! While helping at a workshop in Connecticut in 1966, a student asked Jamey Aebersold to record a reel-to-reel tape of piano accompaniment and send it to him so he could have something to practice with. In Jamey’s words, “I never did make the tape, but instead made a record in 1967. This became the first Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long, Volume 1. After I recorded the music, I realized that I needed a book to help the user make sense of the LP of background music. Hence the book, which has now been revised many times. Volume 1 first appeared in 1967 and has been a best seller ever since. I never thought there would be a need for a second volume, let alone over 100!”

Now, for 50 years, the name Jamey Aebersold has been literally synonymous with the very best in jazz education materials. A world-class performer and a very charismatic teacher/lecturer who has traveled the globe giving seminars and workshops, Jamey’s lifelong mission is to teach people how to play jazz and improvise.

aberso-v01-fHow to Play Jazz and Improvise, Volume 1
This book includes chapters on scales/chords, developing creativity, improv and modes, practical exercises/patterns and licks, Dominant 7th tree of scale choices, nomenclature, chromaticism, scale syllabus, and more. This complete improvisation set, along with Volume 24, MAJOR AND MINOR, can greatly open your ears and improve your playing.

Nothin’ But Blues, Volume 2
The Blues have had the very essence of the jazz sound since the 1920’s. A player who masters the sound and feel of the Blues will play other jazz tunes in a manner that will inspire the listener. The rhythm section on this recording really grooves and makes this set fun to play with. Contains 11 different Blues and is a natural follow-up to Volume 1 or Volume 21. The tempos are not fast. The Blues are presented in various keys and with a variety of moods from slow to rock. Chords and scales are written in the staff for each recorded track.

Charlie Parker All Bird, Volume 6
This set contains the essence of modern music and is considered by most musicians to be some of the most important music of this century. Bebop is the music of the future! Ten Charlie Parker songs that truly represent the Bebop Era. This is truly a bebop rhythm section and they make the songs sing! This is a tremendous way to learn ten songs by the master musician, Charlie Parker. The songs have all become well known jazz standards that are essential for every jazz player to know. There are blues, “Rhythm” changes, alternating latin/swing, fast, and standard 32 bar songs in this outstanding collection. Learn from the master.

aberso-v42-fBlues in All Keys, Volume 42
Here’s a great way to expand your blues playing in every key! And it’s real fun, too! These are slow tempos and are for all levels of ability. Try playing some of the tougher keys without looking at the music and see just how fast your ear takes over. You’ll find yourself gaining confidence very quickly and that confidence will greatly improve your soloing. Charlie Parker learned the Blues in all 12 keys before he learned anything else. TRANSPOSED FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS. Each key contains a different blues melody and two compatible chord/scale progressions. It’s enjoyable and it’s sure to make you a better blues player. Get started now with this great addition to the series.

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

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.