News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Category: Marching Band

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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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!

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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NEW FOR MARCHING BAND: Arrangers Publishing 01 July, 2019

leon-535533COMPLETE SHOWS
MOTOWN
Motown Opener arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
This show celebrates the 60th anniversary of the birth of record label Motown, founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959. The music produced by now legendary artist became known as the Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. The four arrangements in this show feature the best sections of eleven of the most famous and well-known Motown songs.

This arrangement is the opening number for the complete theme show and includes the best parts of five legendary hit songs from Motown artists: The Temptations, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes and The Four Tops – “Get Ready,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Reach Out and I’ll Be There.”

Motown Production 1 arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
This arrangement is the first of two production numbers for the complete theme show and includes hit songs from Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five. The famous and lyrical “I’LL BE THERE” begins the arrangement providing a warm and fuzzy change up following the energetic MOTOWN OPENER. The mood quickly changes to one of sheer excitement and familiarity as the band plays down the dance hits “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

leon-535535Motown Production 2 arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
The second production number in the theme show MOTOWN is a medley of two of Stevie Wonder’s famous hit songs – “Sir Duke” and “Superstition.” The creative grooves and rhythms created by the prodigy are reinforced with keyboards and percussion providing a nice musical and interesting contrast to the show.

Motown Closer arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
The conclusion of the Motown theme show is capped off by the elegant and soulful “Tracks Of My Tears” by legendary Smokey Robinson. A beautiful rendition of the melody is followed by a powerful and moving chorus – an appropriate ending for an impressive and entertaining show featuring some of the greatest pop music ever produced.

leon-535531QUEEN OF SOUL
(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman (Pre-Opener) arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
An abbreviated arrangement of this classic hit song serves as the introductory number and fanfare to the complete Theme Show “QUEEN OF SOUL” featuring four of the greatest hits by the legendary artist Aretha Franklin. An expanded version of the same song reappears to conclude the show.

Think arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
Aretha Franklin’s hit song “Think” is the opener for the theme show “Queen Of Soul.” Capturing the true spirit of Aretha Franklin’s rendition, the driving tempo and intense feel provides the perfect pacing and musical material to begin the show.

leon-535532I Say a Little Prayer arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
This arrangement serves as one of two production numbers in the complete Theme Show “QUEEN OF SOUL” featuring four of the greatest hits by the legendary artist Aretha Franklin. While capturing the trademark elements unique to the more sentimental and lighter style of Aretha Franklin, the arrangement provides a soulful and reflective change of pace, following the energetic opener “Think.”

Respect arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
Programmed as the second production number in the “Queen of Soul” theme show, this arrangement of Aretha Franklin’s most famous song mimics her style, creating non-stop excitement while capturing the soulful essence of her amazing hit song.

(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
This arrangement of the Aretha Franklin hit song captures the soulful essence in a marching band setting with a lyrical treatment of the melody, and a tempo that works on the field and is programmed as the closer in the “Queen of Soul” theme show. The powerful chorus sounds out, and the piece concludes the show with a powerful and punctuated finality.

leon-537799SINGLE TUNES
Sucker arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
The Jonas Brothers are back with their hit song “Sucker.” Released March 1, 2019, the song debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Songs, a feat that has only happened 34 times in Billboard history. Tom’s chart makes off with the inherent rhythm and groove in a bandistic arrangement sure to please all involved.

Sweet But Psycho arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
A current pop hit song by Ava Maxx. This is compelling pop music with a great tempo and catchy hook. The title says it all, and Jay works every little aspect of the song, making it an easy-to play and recognizable chart your band will love to play.

Flash arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
With its powerful rock anthem sound, “Flash” by the British rock band Queen has become a pop culture phenomena, performed at professional sport venues and heard in numerous media advertisement. Ignite your crowd and team with this intense arrangement.

leon-535529I Like It arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
A #1 hit song and “2019 Grammy Nominated Song of the Year” for rap artist Cardi B. “I Like It” is Latin hip-hop at its best, and your band will love playing this chart with its infectious groove and salsa beat that propels the popular and catchy hook.

Summertime arr. Jay Dawson, Medium Difficulty
“Summertime” is known the world over and is one of George Gershwin’s most recorded and famous songs. Jay’s arrangement features a sultry, but easy trumpet solo, leading into a high energy Latin treatment.

Immortals arr. Tom Wallace, Medium Difficulty
“Immortals” was composed and recorded by American rock band Fall Out Boy for the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Big Hero 6, based on the Marvel team of hi-tech comic superheroes. This arrangement by Tom Wallace captures the futuristic sonorities of the work, condenses the intense melodies and contrasting musical effects to provide the right mix for a compelling musical and visual production.

NEW FOR MARCHING BAND: Alfred Music 14 June, 2019

alfred-47485-fMEGA SOUNDS SERIES (Grade 2.5-3)
Natural arr. Victor Lopez
Imagine Dragons are one of the hottest rock groups around. One of their biggest hits, “Natural,” was ESPN’s college football theme song in 2018. Victor López captures all of the elements of the original in this great new arrangement.

Girls Like You arr. Brian Scott
One of the biggest hits in 2018 was this award winning #1 song from Maroon 5 with Cardi B. Colorful scoring and contrasting sections will engage your band and audience alike!

I’m a Mess arr. Nick Baratta
Up and coming singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha’s 2018 pop/R&B single gets the cool Nick Baratta treatment with this new chart. The unique style and groove make this a great choice for the stands or for dance groups!

No Tears Left to Cry arr. Brian Scott
Ariana Grande’s number 1 dance-pop hit really shines in this great new arrangement by Brian Scott. The chart has a really great groove, and is perfect for the stands, auxiliary features or pep band.

alfred-47489-fCatchy Song (from The Lego Movie 2) arr. Nick Baratta
From the latest LEGO® movie comes this upbeat and driving tune arranged by Nick Baratta. This fun chart is definitely going to get stuck inside your head!

Pressure arr. Brian Scott
Rock out in the stands this year with this great new tune from the popular band Muse. Exciting harmonies, driving percussion, and lots of open fifths make this chart a great choice for this fall!

Think arr. Victor Lopez
One of the late great Aretha Franklin’s biggest hits was this R&B tune that was featured in the classic movie “The Blues Brothers.” Arranger Victor López gives us a fresh and exciting new arrangement full of great sounds!

BIG AND EASY SERIES (Grade 2)
All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight arr. Mike Story
Everybody knows this tune as the Monday Night Football theme. Mike Story has arranged this Hank Williams, Jr. classic into a chart that every band can play. This one rocks!

alfred-47491-fGet Smart Theme arr. Mike Story
One of the most iconic and memorable TV themes of all time is the basis for this cool new arrangement. With its driving percussion and unique harmonies, this one will be a fan favorite this fall!

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Mike Story
This powerful Oscar and Grammy Award-winning ballad from the hit movie “A Star is Born” would make a terrific closer to your show this year. Beginning with an optional alto sax solo, the piece gradually builds to a stunning conclusion.

Happy Together arr. Mike Story
Classic rock tunes make great stands and pep band charts. Here is the timeless hit from The Turtles in a terrific new arrangement by Mike Story.

alfred-47493-fEASY POPS SERIES (Grade 2-2.5)
High Hopes arr. Doug Adams
Here is the hard-rocking chart topper from the band Panic! At the Disco in a driving arrangement by Doug Adams. The chart contains a lot of block scoring, which will make any band sound twice its size.

Black Eyes arr. Doug Adams
From the hit movie “A Star Is Born” comes this hard-driving rock tune co-written and performed by Bradley Cooper. Featuring an alto sax solo or soli section, the chart also contains lots of unison writing which makes it accessible to all bands.

Chain of Fools arr. Doug Adams
One of Aretha Franklin’s biggest hits was this soulful R&B rocker. Arranger Doug Adams has given the tune a contemporary treatment while still maintaining the feel of the original song.

NEW FOR MARCHING BAND: Hal Leonard 11 June, 2019

leon-534987PERFORMANCE SERIES (Grade 4)
Sogno di Volare (from Civilization VI) by Christopher Tin/arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
The official theme music for “Sid Meier’s Civilization VI” video game, “Sogno di Volare (‘The Dream of Flight’)” beautifully captures a sense of conquest and wonder. This is powerful and dramatic music for the field!

Baba Yetu (from Civilization IV) by Christopher Tin/arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
Featuring an underlying rhythmic pulse and infectious African groove, here is an outstanding setting of the theme music from “Sid Meier’s Civilization IV” video game for marching band.

leon-534989CONTEMPORARY MARCHING BAND (Grade 3-4)
High Hopes arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
Recorded by Panic! At The Disco this contemporary hit features a moderate rock tempo with a relentless rhythmic drive. Solid from start to finish!

Say Amen (Saturday Night) arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Pam Nave
From the 2018 album “Pray for the Wicked” here is a driving rock anthem from the band Panic! At The Disco. The blazing tempo and catchy hooks make this perfect for the stands!

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Paul Murtha/percussion arr. Will Rapp
Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, this acclaimed hit ballad from the movie “A Star Is Born” has garnered multiple awards and provides an emotional anchor to the story. Paul’s effective arrangement includes a short solo for horn or alto sax followed by nicely varied scoring with dramatic builds and power.

leon-534992Baba O’Riley arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
Classic rock from a classic band, this enduring hit was the opening track on the landmark 1971 album “Who’s Next” recorded by The Who. From the mallet opening to the the powerful brass statements, this chart is impressive on the field or in the stands.

The Right Stuff arr. Ishbah Cox
The New Kids on the Block helped blaze the trail for the boy band craze of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Here is one of their iconic hits in a moderate pop groove with plenty of solid full band scoring and rhythmic drive.

I Want It That Way arr. Ishbah Cox
Recorded in 1999 and considered the signature hit by the Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way” reached the top of the charts in more than 25 countries! Ishbah’s powerful arrangement opens with low brass on the verse, uses effective dynamic contrasts, and steadily gathers momentum throughout.

leon-534995Hard to Handle arr. Paul Murtha/percussion arr. Will Rapp
Recorded by Otis Redding back in the ‘60s and later covered by The Black Crowes, this hot tune has become a funk classic! With an energetic drive throughout, brass punches, and a stop time riff, this is sure to get the crowd going.

Fight Song arr. Paul Murtha
This tune was a hit for Rachel Platten in 2015 but has caught on as a stadium anthem for determination and winning. Impressively scored for the entire band!

Last of the Real Ones arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
Fall Out Boy continues to lead the pack when it comes to hard-hitting rock tunes that work great for marching band! Horns and saxes get a workout on this one, with important contributions from the woodwinds and all the brass.

Tusk arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
It’s hard to find a rock tune better suited for marching band than this one – recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1979 in collaboration with the USC Trojan Marching Band! With a pounding bass line, percussion breaks, and brass riffs, what’s not to like?

leon-534999All Star arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt
With it’s catchy melody, quirky harmonies and driving groove, this huge hit from 1999 helped put Smash Mouth at the top of the charts. Then being featured in the movie “Shrek” didn’t hurt!

Stadium Jams Volume 13 arr. Paul Murtha/percussion arr. Will Rapp
Perfect for time-outs or any occasion in the stands here are four of the hottest themes from the video game world. Includes the main themes from “Angry Birds,” “Megalovania (Undertale),” “Elder Scrolls: Oblivion,” and “Assassin’s Creed III.”

EASY CONTEMPORARY MARCHING BAND (Grade 2-3)
Titan Spirit arr. Michael Brown
Nothing says glory and heroism on the field of competition like this dramatic theme from the movie “Remember the Titans!” Even with smaller bands this solid chart will sound impressive!

leon-535002Shake a Tail Feather arr. Paul Murtha/percussion arr. Will Rapp
Originally recorded in the ‘60s, this tune has been covered by countless artists over years, most notably by Ray Charles in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” Sure to be recognized by all, it’s perfect for just about any occasion.

Walkin’ on the Sun arr. Paul Murtha
Instantly recognizable and featuring a strong melody and moderate rock pulse, this 1997 Smash Mouth hit is still heard in video games, TV shows, and movies. Fun for the stands or the field!

The Middle arr. Ishbah Cox
Recorded by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, the pop hit “The Middle” has received multiple awards and nominations and charted high in several countries. Catchy and unique, this leon-03746276-fsolidly scored chart is guaranteed fun for pep band or the stands.

SERIES ONE (Grade 2)
Respect arr. Michael Oare/percussion arr. K.J. Stafford
Although originally recorded by Otis Redding in 1965, this R&B classic became the signature song for Aretha Franklin. Here is a powerful arrangement that will sound great even with small bands.

THE AVENGERS: for Marching Band 21 May, 2019

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The Avengers arr. Michael Brown/percussion arr. Will Rapp, for Grade 3-4 Marching Band
From the blockbuster hit movie, here is a solid and energized arrangement of the main theme. Great sounds for inspiring courage on the field of competition!

Music from Black Panther arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt, for Grade 3-4 Marching Band
Featuring the powerful and dramatic sounds from the hit movie “Black Panther,” this arrangement is constructed using great pacing from the haunting opening strains to the percussive-driven heroic themes.

leon-03745563-fCaptain America March arr. Paul Murtha, for Grade 3 Marching Band
Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri (“Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump,” “Polar Express”) brings a brilliant adventure soundtrack to the 2011 blockbuster action film “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Fanfares, bold and contrasting themes, and rhythmic drive make this a distinctive and exciting number for the field. Also available in a Grade 2 arrangement by Michael Brown.

Hooked On a Feeling arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt, for Grade 3 Marching Band
As recorded by Blue Swede, this catchy pop tune was a #1 hit back in 1974. Thanks to the blockbuster movie “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it’s a hit once again and perfect for the stands or on the field.

leon-03746006-fTheme from Ant Man arr. Matt Conaway/percussion arr. Jack Holt, for Grade 3 Marching Band
From the hit film “Marvel’s Ant-Man,” here is a striking and pulsating theme scored with alternating measures of 4/4 and 3/4. A nice mix of soaring lines and rhythmic excitement.

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

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

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

Pre-Game and Stands Tunes 25 June, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-525716The 2018 marching band season is almost upon us! As you plan, don’t miss the newest marching band charts, including “Believer,” “Feel It Still,” “The Greatest Show,” and “Thunder.”

Looking to freshen up your show with a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Find great options here!

Warm-ups and percussion cadences? We’ve got ‘em! We can also help you build your library with Stanton’s Five Star Features for pep band books and cheers, fight songs and time outs.

Contact us for personalized recommendations from our Sheet Music Specialists, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marching Band: Show Planning 04 May, 2018

mb-e1415476880223recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Ready to plan for marching band season? Let Stanton’s help – we can make your show planning easy! Our website is stocked with resources for theme shows (like Disney, Harry Potter, Moana, Pixar, and Star Wars) and artist shows (like Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Queen, and The Beatles).

Or, get creative with build-your-own show ideas like Alternative Rock, Broadway, Classic Rock, Modern R&B, Jazz & Blues, Movies, Patriotic, and Music by Decade.

Get your students excited for the season – add complete marching band shows to your Stanton’s Jukebox, and send a customized link to your students!

For more help planning for marching season, contact us at 1.800.426.8742! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Curious About Copyright? 15 August, 2017

Find practical answers and information geared toward music educators and directors with the new COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Copyright is a challenging but important subject in music education.  Most of us have a very limited understanding of it, and have had no formal training or education provided, yet it applies to every facet of being a music educator.  Literally meaning the right to copy or reproduce, copyright law is designed to protect creators from having their works essentially stolen rather than purchased.  Education has a very special caveat regarding copyright law, fair use, however, this does not mean unlimited use or reproduction.  While this special relationship complicates our understanding, it makes it all the more important to know what is permissible and do what is right.  Likewise, ever-changing digital technology and the internet make copyright that much more complicated and important.

Thankfully Alfred’s new Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors provides us with a guide geared especially for the classroom and rehearsal hall.  Written by music education industry professionals, it provides a very practical approach to copyright law as it applies to performing musicians and teachers based on experience.  It is well laid out and easy-to-use, reasonably priced, and most importantly, directly applicable!  When you know better, you do better, so grab a copy and familiarize yourself with what you should and should not do – you might discover things that you can do that you never realized!  You might even find yourself helping your school or district to better operate within the law, and more importantly, set a good example for your students.

Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors
Pam Phillips & Andrew Surmani
Alfred Publishing                                                                 $19.99
The Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors provides a concise overview of the key aspects of copyright law that affect music educators and directors in the United States. Designed to provide answers to the most common questions raised by educators and directors, this resource makes it easy to find specific answers and is arranged in a user-friendly question-and-answer format. For ease of use, a thorough Glossary of Terms and an extensive Index are included. Not meant to replace legal counsel, the Copyright Handbook is a starting point for music educators and directors with questions concerning copyright. Topics: How to determine if a work is protected by copyright * The use of print music and lyrics * The use of audio * The use of video * Digital products and the Internet * Performance rights * Composing and arranging.

Also Available:
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law
Music Copyright Law

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, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


Gear Up for the New School Year 03 August, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

The school year is almost upon us so I thought we might feature some of the most useful resources for improving and developing your band program.  From overall program development and administration, music teaching, and conducting, to the National Standards, classroom management, and working productively with your booster organization, these titles touch on almost every aspect of being a band director.  Pick up 1 or 2 of these to recharge before the school year starts, or use them as guides to implement small changes over the year.  Either way they are sure to provide new insights, ideas, and resources to make your school year smoother and your program better.

Habits of a Successful Band Director
In Habits of a Successful Band Director, Scott Rush provides a how-to book for young teachers, a supplement for college methods classes, a common-sense approach to everyday problems band directors face, sequential models for instruction that are narrow in scope, and more.  Some of the topics covered in the ten chapters include: classroom organization and management, working with parents and colleagues, the importance of the warm-up, rehearsal strategies, selecting high-quality literature, and student leadership.

Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director
Building on the successful Habits series, Scott Rush and his team have created a practical guide to all aspects of the middle school band program, including, recruiting for beginners, mouthpiece testing and instrumentation, running an effective middle school rehearsal, teaching strategies for middle school, repertoire suggestions, warm-ups for beginner, intermediate, and advanced middle school players  Additional sections address musicianship, classroom management, working with parents and colleagues, assessment, technology, the middle school mind, minor instrument repair, private lessons…even traveling with middle school students.

Developing the Complete Band Program
This book is a unique resource for both novice and experienced band directors, gathering effective teaching tools from the best in the field. Includes more than 40 chapters on: curriculum, then and now of North American wind bands, the anatomy of music making, motivation, program organization and administrative leadership, and much more. A wonderful resource for all music educators! Dr. Jagow’s book is comprehensive and impressive in scope.

National Core Arts Standards in Secondary Music Ensembles
This practical, 96-page resource provides detailed information to ease understanding and implementation of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in secondary music ensembles. Each artistic process in the standards – creating, performing, responding, and connecting – is explored through examples of day-to-day rehearsal activities and a sample cornerstone assessment that is ready for class use.

 

** NEW **
Boosters to the Rescue!

Veteran band director David Vandewalker has been successfully empowering school parent organizations across the country for years. In Boosters to the Rescue! he offers practical tools to modernize your program into a 21st-century booster organization that can function as a successful small business and significantly support the school music and arts programs. In clear, concise language Vandewalker lays out an action plan that includes how to learn to be articulate in sharing your vision; enlist an army of volunteers; develop project plans; define a composite list of duties, tasks, and responsibilities; communicate; create a business plan model; and more.

** NEW **
Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club

Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club is the companion resource to Boosters to the Rescue!, which provides ready-to-use Word, Excel, and PDF files to help booster clubs set and achieve a long-term vision for their organization. Strategic Plans includes project-planning guides for three diverse sizes of booster clubs: Developing, Growing, and Maximizing. Strategic Plans offers a wealth of ideas, forms, organizational charts, and branding tools in four concise sections: “Ready, Set, and Go!” introduces the strategic planning process and explains how to get down to business. “Rally the Troops” provides practical advice on how to organize, manage, and empower people. “Roll It Out” delves into the details of creating a business plan blueprint and a project-planning guide. And “Rock It Out” includes ways to build effective teams, with dozens of branding and advertising designs ready for you to download, edit, customize, and print.

** NEW **
The Conductor’s Companion: 100 Rehearsal Techniques, Imaginative Ideas, Quotes, and Facts
100 outstanding middle and high school, collegiate and professional band and orchestra conductors passionately and candidly share their most powerful rehearsal techniques and cutting-edge program ideas in this concise and inspirational volume. Also included are fascinating historical facts about famous composers and conductors as well as inspirational quotes ideal for advocating music programs. It’s an excellent university supplemental text and a “go-to” source for directors at all levels.

Classroom Management in the Music Room
Classroom Management in the Music Room: Pin-Drop Quiet Classes and Rehearsals is a resource vital to any productive music classroom. Designed with simplicity in mind – simple to teach, simple to learn, and simple to administer – this book promotes student-centered self-discipline and turns classroom management into creating music.

Don’t Forget These!
Handy Manual Fingering Charts
Complete Instrumental Reference Guide

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, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


2017 Marching Band Favorites, Vol. 2 21 July, 2017

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Among the new marching band releases each year are arrangements that just stand out.  You can tell just by hearing them that they will be best-sellers and hits with your students because of the great arrangement, popularity of the song, or both.  In case you overlooked them, I’m happy to share our favorite new marching band charts so you can snag them just before the season begins.  For Vol. 1 of our favorites check out yesterday’s post.

That’s My Girl arr. Tom Wallace
With its brassy horn licks, funky rhythms and roaring bass, That’s My Girl by the group Fifth Harmony, gives dance lines and bands the necessary ingredients they need to produce an exciting and entertaining performance.

Faith arr. Paul Murtha & Will Rapp
From the entertaining blockbuster animated film Sing, this driving rock tune was recorded by the legendary Stevie Wonder and featuring Ariana Grande. Just try sitting still for this one!

Can’t Stop the Feeling arr. Paul Murtha
Justin Timerlake has taken the pop world by storm with the release of this chart topping mega hit! With an infectious groove and catchy riffs this arrangement will add a contemporary flair on the field or in the stands.

Bang Bang arr. Tom Wallace
Bang Bang is the latest hit from the new album by venerable punk rock band Green Day. Aggressive power chords and chaotic musical stylings deliver the goods as a powerful and convincing opener. The furious nature of the verse and chorus is contrasted with an Arabic sounding bridge, providing a quick and surprising musical twist, all of which is amazingly captured in this Tom Wallace chart.

Find more exciting charts for the upcoming marching season on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! 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, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


2017 Marching Band Favorites, Vol. 1 19 July, 2017

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Among the new marching band releases each year are arrangements that just stand out.  You can tell just by hearing them that they will be best-sellers and hits with your students because of the great arrangement, popularity of the song, or both.  In case you overlooked these, I’m happy to share our favorite new marching band charts over the next 2 days so you can snag them just before the season begins.

24K Magic arr. Tom Wallace
Bruno Mars’ hit song, 24K Magic, covers all the bases. Heavily influenced by the styles of the ‘70s and ‘80s, this is a retro funk, disco, R&B sensation. There is something here for everyone, especially dance lines, and bands that are looking to grab some attention in the stands.

HandClap arr. Paul Murtha
Recorded by Fitz and the Tantrums, you’ll hear this catchy tune used in TV commercials as well as on the airwaves. This energetic chart is a great way to get the crowd involved with the signature hand clapping section.

Chained To the Rhythm arr. Jay Dawson
Debuting at the 2017 Grammy’s, Katy Perry’s thought provoking release became an instant international hit.  With latin/disco rhythms this is a perfect choice to perform with your dance line, or as a crowd-pleasing pep band chart.

Starboy arr. Ishbah Cox
Recorded by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, here is an energetic stands tune that skillfully passes the melody from section to section.

Find more exciting charts for the upcoming marching season on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! 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, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


Movie Magic for Marching Band 28 June, 2017

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-506566Bare Necessities arr. Michael Brown & Nick Angelis, Grade 3
Featured in the 2016 movie The Jungle Book as well as in the original 1967 movie, this iconic tune never seems to grow old. Arranged in an up-tempo swing style this chart delivers plenty of impact and style!

I Wanna Be Like You arr. John Wasson, Grade 4
First heard in the 1967 movie The Jungle Book and featured again in the 2016 movie hit, here is a sizzling arrangement of this familiar classic in a hot Latin groove.

Faith (from “Sing”) arr. Paul Murtha & Will Rapp, Grade 3-4
From the entertaining blockbuster animated film Sing, this driving rock tune was recorded by the legendary Stevie Wonder and featuring Ariana Grande. Just try sitting still for this one!

leon-03746104-fCan’t Stop the Feeling arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
Justin Timerlake has taken the pop world by storm with the release of this chart topping mega hit! With an infectious groove and catchy riffs this arrangement will add a comtemporary flair on the field or in the stands.

Find more exciting charts for the upcoming marching season on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! 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, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.