News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Marching Band

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

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

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

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Contemporary Pop Hits for MARCHING BAND 2024 17 July, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Greedy arr. Brian Scott, Grade 3
Singer/songwriter Tate McRae had a number 1 hit with this dance-pop tune in late 2023. Brian Scott’s full-sounding arrangement features lots of great sounds, and is perfect for the stands or pep band, as well as for dance and drill teams.

Houdini arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3
Here’s another stunning hit from pop sensation Dua Lipa! With a moderate rock pulse and powerful riffs, this exciting chart uses lots of scoring variety in an effective setting for the stands.

Lil Boo Thang arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3
Initially popular as a TikTok sensation, Paul Russell’s “Lil Boo Thang” samples the 70s hit “Best of My Love” by The Emotions. This viral hit features a catchy tune and infectious dance groove.

ME! arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 2-3
Taylor Swift’s original recording of this hit from 2019 was driven by a marching style drumline, making it a natural choice for the stands or on the field. Featuring a strong pulse and catchy melody, it’s sure to be a hit with all audiences.

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Just try not to dance to this wildly infectious and exciting hit by Shakira. Originally recorded as the official theme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the song is as popular as ever with nearly 4 billion YouTube views!

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

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

Marching Band 2024: New ROCK Arrangements 05 July, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Zombie arr. Dallas C. Burke, Easy
This classic rock tune from the alternative band The Cranberries starts out dark and somber before it quickly builds to an intense hard hitting finish.

When I Come Around arr. Dave Henning, Medium Easy
This hit from the band Green Day is musical comfort food and rocks hard!

Rock You Like a Hurricane arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Heard in stadiums around the world, this hard rockin’ 80s hit by the Scorpions is still as popular as ever. With the gritty opening riff and instantly recognizable melody, this is guaranteed to raise the energy level in the stands or on the field!

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

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

Selections from BARBIE for Marching Band 2024 28 June, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Barbie Girl arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2-3
Originally recorded in 1997 by the group Aqua, this quirky hit is popular again thanks to the blockbuster movie “Barbie.” This solid chart requires limited rehearsal time and will sound great with bands of any size.

Choose Your Fighter arr. Doug Adams, Grade 2
With its catchy melody and driving percussion, singer Ava Max’s hit song from the “Barbie” soundtrack is a natural for marching band. The powerful scoring by arranger Doug Adams will make any band sound twice it size!

Dance the Night arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 3
Dua Lipa is one of today’s hottest stars. Here is her hit tune from “Barbie” in a terrific arrangement by Victor Lopez. This one has a great “hook,” and will be a party tune favorite with your marching or pep band.

Dance the Night arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
From the blockbuster movie “Barbie,” this driving hit recorded by pop star Dua Lipa is a great tune for the stands, or an entertaining dance feature.

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

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

New PATRIOTIC Selections for Marching Band 2024 20 June, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Armed Forces Marching On arr. Will Boartfield, Easy
This patriotic parade style medley includes a tribute to the different branches of the United States Armed Forces along with the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” This is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

You’re a Grand Old Flag arr. Tim Waters, Medium Easy
This patriotic staple from George M. Cohan is the perfect vehicle for bands traveling the parade route!

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

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

80s Pop Hits for MARCHING BAND 2024 04 June, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Don’t You (Forget About Me) arr. Ishbah Cox, Grade 3
Some songs from the 80s never seem to grow old and this smash hit recorded by Simple Minds is certainly one of these. With its memorable melody and powerful drive, you won’t soon forget about this one!

Eye of the Tiger arr. Scott Boerma & Chuck Ricotta, Grade 3
Recorded by Survivor in 1982 for the movie “Rocky III,” this rock anthem has come to epitomize the emotion and drama of competition. Scott Boerma’s arrangement takes this hit to new levels of excitement for any sports arena!

Human Nature arr. Allen Gray, Medium Easy
This hit from Michael Jackson makes a powerful funky masterpiece that will make the press box tremble!

In the Air Tonight arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
Featuring the most famous drum break in modern rock, “In the Air Tonight” has become one of Phil Collins’ signature hits. Often heard in movies and TV, it was recently used as the theme for “Monday Night Football.”

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

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

MARCHING BAND 2024 Five Star Features 30 May, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Avalon arr. Dallas C. Burke, Medium Easy
This uptempo take on the jazz classic sits right in the pocket and swings hard while remaining playable.

Cartoon Hits! arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Including the popular themes from “Bluey,” “Doug,” and “Fairly Odd Parents,” this entertaining collection of hit cartoon themes is perfect for time-outs or short stadium blasts!

Choose Your Fighter arr. Doug Adams, Grade 2
With its catchy melody and driving percussion, singer Ava Max’s hit song from the “Barbie” soundtrack is a natural for marching band. The powerful scoring by arranger Doug Adams will make any band sound twice it size!

Dance the Night arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
From the blockbuster movie “Barbie,” this driving hit recorded by pop star Dua Lipa is a great tune for the stands, or an entertaining dance feature.

Don’t You (Forget About Me) arr. Ishbah Cox, Grade 3
Some songs from the 80s never seem to grow old and this smash hit recorded by Simple Minds is certainly one of these. With its memorable melody and powerful drive, you won’t soon forget about this one!

Eye of the Tiger arr. Scott Boerma & Chuck Ricotta, Grade 3
Recorded by Survivor in 1982 for the movie “Rocky III,” this rock anthem has come to epitomize the emotion and drama of competition. Scott Boerma’s arrangement takes this hit to new levels of excitement for any sports arena!

Human Nature arr. Allen Gray, Medium Easy
This hit from Michael Jackson makes a powerful funky masterpiece that will make the press box tremble!

Lil Boo Thang arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3
Initially popular as a TikTok sensation, Paul Russell’s “Lil Boo Thang” samples the 70s hit “Best of My Love” by The Emotions. This viral hit features a catchy tune and infectious dance groove.

Malaguena arr. Dallas C. Burke, Medium Easy
Dallas Burke delivers a take on the ultimate Latin opener that is truly fire from start to finish! There’s no better way to start a show!

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Just try not to dance to this wildly infectious and exciting hit by Shakira. Originally recorded as the official theme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the song is as popular as ever with nearly 4 billion YouTube views!

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

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

Realizing Diversity 15 March, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go On, Tell Your Story! 11 January, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body 08 January, 2024

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

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (Revised Edition) by Bridget Jankowski
This primer for all musicians provides a reliable base for a lifetime of playing and singing. The principles in these pages are the elemental foundation of music education, and will protect a musician from injury, promote the physical freedom and sensitivity needed for technical mastery, and secure the embodied intelligence that grounds musical power and subtlety. Musicians teaching from these principles will see their students thrive. Students studying and restudying these pages will delight in their enhanced performance. This book also serves as the text of a six-hour course on Body Mapping for musicians developed by Barbara Conable.

What’s New in the Revised Edition? Created with the input of experienced Licensed Body Mapping Educators, and led by Body Mapping expert Bridget Jankowski, this revision includes:
• Updated and enlarged images – big enough for coloring.
• Streamlined and clarified content based on new science.
• An updated format that follows the associated Body Mapping course more closely.
• Additional room for notes at the end of each section.

Knowledge from the scientific community continues to inform the work of the Association for Body Mapping Education. The book’s associated Body Mapping course of the same name has evolved over the past two decades, and an updated text for the course will be a valuable resource for novice and seasoned Body Mapping Educators alike.

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

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

Band Narratives for Reading Enjoyment 24 August, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

American Band by Kristen Laine
Every fall, marching bands take to the field in a uniquely American ritual. From the stands, it looks easy. You don’t see them sweat.

For millions of kids, band is more than a show. It’s a rite of passage – a first foray into leadership and adult responsibility, and a chance to learn what it means to be part of a community. Nowhere is band more serious than at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, where the entire town is involved with the success of its defending state champion band, the Marching Minutemen.

In the place where this tradition may have originated, in the city that became the band instrument capital of the world, band is a religion. But it’s not the only religion, as director Max Jones discovers. After four decades. Jones’s single-minded devotion to musical excellence has fallen out of step with a younger generation increasingly focused on personal salvation. In what his students do not know is his final season of directing, he has assembled his most ambitious show ever, for the strongest senior class he has ever directed. Amid conflicting notions of greatness, the band marches through a season that starts in hope and promise, progresses through uncertainty and disappointment, and ends, ultimately, in redemption.

American Band is an unusually intimate chronicle of life, in all its triumph, disappointment, and drama, in the kind of community in which most of America lives. It is an especially timely portrait, capturing as it does the spirit of the heartland at a time of profound change. If you have ever been – or yearned to be – part of something bigger than yourself, you will be rooting for the kids whose voices fill this book.

On the Path to Excellence by William Carson
From its humble beginnings in 1956, to triumphant concerts in Europe and at the Midwest Clinic, the Northshore Concert Band has led an existence full of twists and turns, adversity and tenacity. How did this group of eleven American Legion musicians evolve into one of the most influential adult bands in history? Follow the story of John Paynter, Barbara Buehlman, and other important musicians as they guide the Northshore Concert Band on the path to excellence.

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

Adventures of INDIANA JONES for the Field 20 July, 2023

adventures of indiana jones john williams paul lavender

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Adventures of Indiana Jones arr. Paul Lavender, Grade 3
Here’s a fast-paced and powerful arrangement using the familiar themes from John Williams’ “Indiana Jones” soundtrack. Includes “Raiders March” and “Marion’s Theme.”

Raiders March arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 4
Featured in all of the “Indiana Jones” movies, John Williams’ iconic theme is as vibrant and memorable as ever. Jay captures all the excitement and adventure in this powerful arrangement.

Raiders March arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2-3
Here’s the unforgettable adventure theme from the “Indiana Jones” movie franchise. Scored for young players this will sound great with minimal rehearsal time.

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

THE BEST NEW ARRANGEMENTS for Marching Band 2023 17 July, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

from ARRANGERS’ PUBLISHING
As It Was arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
This arrangement of the worldwide hit song by Harry Styles grows more energetic and happier with each passing measure. An enjoyable play.

Don’t Go Yet arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
Capturing the soulful melodies and Latin groove of Camila Cabello’s hit song, this arrangement’s interesting musical contrast and abundant design opportunities make this a great choice for a show production.

Flowers arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
Within a few days, this current #1 pop hit broke streaming and airplay records worldwide. With its massive popularity, and creative scoring by Tom Wallace, this arrangement is a great choice for show productions, pep band and special occasion performances.

Montero (Call Me By Your Name) arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
This Tom Wallace arrangement is inspired by the compelling Latin groove created by world-famous Lil Nas X in his #1 hit song! With inherent production values, this chart will showcase in the stands or on the field.

Music for a Sushi Restaurant arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
A strong intro and a sultry verse lead to a classic sounding horn lick in this arrangement of the Harry Styles hit song.

from HAL LEONARD
Adventures of Indiana Jones arr. Paul Lavender, Grade 3
Here’s a fast-paced and powerful arrangement using the familiar themes from John Williams’ “Indiana Jones” soundtrack. Includes “Raiders March” and “Marion’s Theme.”

Heaven arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Originally a hit for Bryan Adams in 1985, this version for the field is based on the recording by DJ Sammy and features a hot dance groove and a driving pulse. Great for either the stands or dancing!

Holding Out for a Hero arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
This epic rock anthem recorded by Bonnie Tyler hit the charts in 1984, and has appeared in films and pop culture ever since. With dramatic effects and a burning tempo throughout, you couldn’t ask for a stronger closer or stands tune!

Madonna arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
The music of 80s pop diva Madonna never gets old! With a dramatic intro using “Like a Prayer,” this exciting production number follows with dance grooves on “Into the Groove” and “Material Girl.”

My Prerogative arr. Ishbah Cox, Grade 3-4
Recorded by Bobby Brown in 1988, this hip hop classic has remained popular thanks to cover versions and pop culture. Ishbah Cox brings it to life for the marching field with the signature riff scored for low brass and the powerful chorus for full band.

Tank! arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
Written for the Japanese anime series “Cowboy Bebop,” this blazing theme has taken on a life of its own! Slightly quirky, but definitely bombastic, this chart is sure to create a buzz!

2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Singer/rapper superstar Lizzo continues to shake up the charts! “2 Be Loved” features a retro groove and a rhythmic drive perfect for dance features or just rockin’ the stands.

from ALFRED MUSIC
Modern Love arr. Brian Scott, Grade 3
One of the late great David Bowie’s biggest hits was this hard-driving rocker. Veteran writer Brian Scott gives us a powerful and exciting new arrangement full of great sounds!

Thriller arr. Mike Story, Grade 2
This iconic Michael Jackson classic is now in the easiest arrangement ever! Arranger Mike Story hits all the right notes with a chart that will make any band sound twice its size!

2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) arr. Jordan Barker, Grade 3
GRAMMY® award-winning singer and songwriter Lizzo had a hit with this one in 2022. Arranger Jordan Barker’s arrangement has incredible power and drive, and is a great choice for the stands this fall!

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

CLASSIC HITS from Hal Leonard for Marching Band 2023 13 July, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Running Up That Hill arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
Thanks to a dramatic scene from season 4 of the popular series “Stranger Things,” Kate Bush’s hit from 1985 is back on top of the charts! This emotion-charged arrangement is perfect for the field or stands.

Reach Out (I’ll Be There) arr. Ishbah Cox, Grade 3-4
One of the classic Motown hits from the 1960’s, this became the signature song of the Four Tops. With distinctive harmonies and an anthem-like chorus, this high energy arrangement is perfect for the field or in the stands.

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
Recorded by Journey in 1983, this rock hit remains as popular as ever in movies and pop culture. With the familiar anthem-like chorus and solid rock groove, this chart generates energy from start to finish!

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

Modern Hits from Hal Leonard for Marching Band 2023 07 July, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Singer/rapper superstar Lizzo continues to shake up the charts! “2 Be Loved” features a retro groove and a rhythmic drive perfect for dance features or just rockin’ the stands.

Somebody Told Me arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
If you’re looking for something with a relentless hard-driving pulse along with soaring horn lines, look no further than Matt’s powerful version of the Killers’ rock hit “Somebody Told Me!”

Animal arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Recorded by Neon Trees in 2010, this uptempo rocker remains a consistent favorite in pop culture. Scored with a variety of textures and dynamic contrasts, this chart provides plenty of drive and excitement.

Heaven arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Originally a hit for Bryan Adams in 1985, this version for the field is based on the recording by DJ Sammy and features a hot dance groove and a driving pulse. Great for either the stands or dancing!

Bloody Mary arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
Adopted in connection with the iconic dance scene from the Netflix series “Wednesday,” this Lady Gaga hit features a gothic flavor and driving dance groove. Lots of production possibilities here!

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train arr. Michael Brown & Omar Carmenates, Grade 3-4
From this immensely popular Japanese anime movie (worldwide highest-grossing film of 2020) comes a soundtrack packed with drama and adventure. With careful pacing and bold themes, this is something unique and dramatic for the field.

Tank! arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
Written for the Japanese anime series “Cowboy Bebop,” this blazing theme has taken on a life of its own! Slightly quirky, but definitely bombastic, this chart is sure to create a buzz!

Narco arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3-4
Created by Blasterjaxx & Timmy Trumpet, this song was initially popular as “walkout” music for baseball pitcher Edwin Diaz, and is now heard frequently in stadiums and arenas across the country. The soaring trumpet line and driving beat creates instant electricity.

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

New for the Field from ALFRED MUSIC 30 June, 2023

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Flowers arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 3
This 2023 monster hit from Miley Cyrus reached #1 status after just its first week! The Latin-rock feel of the chart makes it perfect for a marching band performance.

Changes arr. Mike Story, Grade 2
Here is one of David Bowie’s most creative and popular hits in a brand new arrangement by Mike Story. The chart’s contrasting styles and strong melodic content make it a perfect choice on or off the field.

Modern Love arr. Brian Scott, Grade 3
One of the late great David Bowie’s biggest hits was this hard-driving rocker. Veteran writer Brian Scott gives us a powerful and exciting new arrangement full of great sounds!

2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) arr. Jordan Barker, Grade 3
GRAMMY® award-winning singer and songwriter Lizzo had a hit with this one in 2022. Arranger Jordan Barker’s arrangement has incredible power and drive, and is a great choice for the stands this fall!

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Made You Look arr. Doug Adams, Grade 2
Looking for the perfect stands, dance, or drill team number? Look no further than this catchy tune from Meghan Trainor. The song has a definite retro feel, which will make it a hit will your band and audience alike!

Thriller arr. Mike Story, Grade 2
This iconic Michael Jackson classic is now in the easiest arrangement ever! Arranger Mike Story hits all the right notes with a chart that will make any band sound twice its size!

This Is Why arr. Nick Baratta, Grade 3
Here is one of rock band Paramore’s latest hits in a great new arrangement by Nick Baratta. This powerful chart has a strong groove, and is perfect for the stands, auxiliary features, or pep band.

Legendz arr. Nick Baratta, Grade 3
Feature your percussion section with this hot new offering from arranger Nick Baratta. Percussionists are the stars here, but the winds have enough cool licks to keep them involved. Try out “Legendz” from Free Guy for your next halftime show. This one sizzles!

Jingle Bell Rock arr. Doug Adams, Grade 2
If you are in the market for a great holiday tune, this is the one you want! It’s perfect for parades, the stands, or pep band use.

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

MADE YOU LOOK! New Marching Band Titles from Arrangers Publishing 16 June, 2023

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Don’t Go Yet arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
Capturing the soulful melodies and Latin groove of Camila Cabello’s hit song, this arrangement’s interesting musical contrast and abundant design opportunities make this a great choice for a show production.

Made You Look arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Easy
For a change of pace, entertain with this doo-wop sensation from pop artist Meghan Trainor. Scored with Reduced Instrumentation, this will satisfy the needs of those looking for a way to showcase their smaller bands, while maintaining a full and balanced sound.

All In arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
“All In” by the sensational South Korean boy band Stray Kids provides the right mix of musical material for Tom Wallace to craft this powerful and intense, yet manageable opener. Show design opportunities abound.

As It Was arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
This arrangement of the worldwide hit song by Harry Styles grows more energetic and happier with each passing measure. An enjoyable play.

Music for a Sushi Restaurant arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
A strong intro and a sultry verse lead to a classic sounding horn lick in this arrangement of the Harry Styles hit song.

Flowers arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
Within a few days, this current #1 pop hit broke streaming and airplay records worldwide. With its massive popularity, and creative scoring by Tom Wallace, this arrangement is a great choice for show productions, pep band and special occasion performances.

Montero (Call Me By Your Name) arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
This Tom Wallace arrangement is inspired by the compelling Latin groove created by world-famous Lil Nas X in his #1 hit song! With inherent production values, this chart will showcase in the stands or on the field.

Rap Hits arr. Tom Wallace, Medium
Arranged with pep bands in mind, these three famous rap songs provide choice musical moments, creatively arranged into three short timeout features. With over a billion YouTube views, you can count on your band, and audience, being well-acquainted with these “Rap Hits.”

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

Rhapsody in the Blues – Complete Field Show 08 July, 2022

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A Tribute to the Blues arr. Steve Barnett, Medium Easy
This scorching jazz opener pays tribute to two of the most iconic blues standards. Featuring powerful versions of “Beale Street Blues” and “St. Louis Blues,” this chart will get your show off to a burning start! Part 1 of the “Rhapsody in the Blues” show.

Sweet Georgia Brown arr. Dallas Burke, Medium Easy
This fun take on the jazz standard starts with a funky trumpet solo before the band cranks into high gear for a big blow section that’s sure to excite the crowd! Part 2 of the “Rhapsody in the Blues” show.

The Birth of the Blues arr. Dallas Burke, Medium Easy
Straight ahead swing with a powerful blow section makes this the perfect production number for your next show. The written solo is playable by Trumpet, Trombone, Alto or Tenor Sax to feature your jazziest cat. Part 3 of the “Rhapsody in the Blues” show.

Rhapsody in Blue arr. Dallas Burke, Medium Easy
Gershwin’s masterpiece makes a truly dynamic statement to close any competition show! Part 4 of the “Rhapsody in the Blues” show.

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

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Lift Every Voice and Sing arr. John Aguilar, Medium Easy
This powerful and eloquent hymn is a must have for marching bands around the nation!

Always Faithful arr. Brian K. Wilson & J. Edgerton, Medium Easy
This patriotic parade medley features dynamic versions of the “United States Marine’s Hymn” and “America the Beautiful.” This chart combines exciting percussion writing, some eloquent moments to honor our Armed Forces and a big blow at the end that will have the crowd on their feet!

This We’ll Defend arr. Brian K. Wilson & J. Edgerton, Medium Easy
This rousing march pays tribute to the United States Army. With exciting lines for the woodwinds and brass along with a short drumline feature, this arrangement is the perfect tune for your next patriotic parade.

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

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Butter arr. Victor López, Grade 3
One of the biggest hits of 2021 was this epic dance-pop song from the Korean band BTS. Victor López’s hip arrangement of “Butter” has everything you want in a stands or pep band chart.

Creep arr. Nick Baratta, Grade 3
Here is “Creep,” the iconic grunge-rock tune from Radiohead in a brand new chart by veteran arranger Nick Baratta.

Good 4 U arr. Brian Scott, Grade 3
Olivia Rodrigo’s recent number 1 pop-rock hit really shines in this great new arrangement of “Good 4 U” by Brian Scott. The chart has incredible power and drive, and is perfect for the stands, auxiliary features or pep band.

My Universe arr. Nick Baratta, Grade 3
The rock band Coldplay teamed up with South Korean boy band BTS to create this hit that topped the charts in 2021. The result is “My Universe” arranged by Nick Baratta – a tuneful chart filled with great sounds that would be perfect as a dance or drill team number!

Permission to Dance arr. Nick Baratta, Grade 3
The popular South Korean boy band BTS had a #1 hit with this dance-pop song. Nick Baratta’s lively arrangement of “Permission to Dance” captures the unique style and groove, and makes it a great choice for the stands or for dance groups this fall!

Take My Breath arr. Brian Scott, Grade 3
Another top 10 hit from top recording artist The Weeknd is presented here in a terrific arrangement from Brian Scott. With its strong melodic content and driving rhythms, “Take My Breath” is the perfect marching or pep band chart!

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