News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: New Publications

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!

Poems for Two: Vocal Duets for Recitals, Concerts, and Contests 16 July, 2024

Poems for Two: Vocal Duets for Recitals, Concerts, and Contests by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, Greg Gilpin, Ruth Morris Gray, Victor C. Johnson, Penny Rodriguez, Michael John Trotta & Douglas E. Wagner

This captivating collection features texts by renowned poets, including Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sara Teasdale, Edgar Allan Poe, and more, set to music by contemporary composers Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, Greg Gilpin, Ruth Morris Gray, Victor C. Johnson, Penny Rodriguez, Michael John Trotta, and Douglas E. Wagner. “Poems for Two” provides the opportunity for duet singers in any combination to develop musicianship, hone vocal skills, elevate artistry, and connect with timeless literature. Audio tracks of the expressive piano accompaniments are available for download. Unlock the magic of poetry with “Poems for Two!”

Titles include: “A Dream Within a Dream,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers,” “Life Has Loveliness,” “O Wind,” “On Yonder Hill,” “The Rainbow,” “The Road Not Taken,” “The Stars Are with the Voyager,” and “Wind on the Hill.”

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Laying the Foundation: NEW Resources for Strings 12 July, 2024

recommended by Austin Swack, Instrumental Education Specialist

Habits of a Successful String Musician, 2nd Edition by Christopher Selby & Scott Rush
“Habits of a Successful String Musician, Second Edition” is a complete method of over 400 musical exercises for teaching upper-level string students the technical skills needed to play advanced orchestral music. Perfect for an entire string orchestra or solo player, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary studies, chorales, tuning canons, and much more. It includes everything an aspiring string musician needs to build musicianship skills and then transfer those skills into the performance of great literature.

What’s NEW in the Second Edition?
Part I. Tone and Articulation: The open-string exercises and bowing variations remain invaluable tools for teaching articulation skills. The Second Edition now includes a rhythm canon for combining various articulations and new melodic exercises for developing tone, blend, vibrato, spiccato, and sautillé.
Part II. Left Hand Patterns, Positions, and Shifting: Left-hand exercises are now organized into a sequence of musical exercises and etudes that review middle level skills, extend up to the highest registers, and teach alternate clefs and thumb position. A new Intermediate Positions curriculum teaches young cellists the shifting skills required for keys with more than three sharps or flats. A new sequence of two-octave arpeggios in ten keys improves students’ range and fluency across the instrument. The Advanced Positions pages contain new etudes for teaching the chromatic scale, diminished arpeggios, harmonics, thumb position, alternate clefs, and other challenging skills seen in advanced orchestral repertoire.
Part III. Scales, Arpeggios, and Thirds: This section still has the much-loved tuning canons and chords, dominant arpeggios, and thirds, as well as one-, two-, and three-octave scales and arpeggios in all twelve major and minor keys. The Second Edition has improved cello and bass fingerings and includes bass scales with C-extensions.
Part IV. Chorales: There are now 50 percent more chorales in a greater variety of keys and from more diverse cultural backgrounds.
Parts V. Rhythm Study in a Musical Context and VI. Sight-Reading: These sections contain 185 completely new rhythm charts and sight-reading exercises with tempo markings for each exercise. This well-sequenced curriculum teaches students how to count and decipher rhythms and then transfer rhythmic literacy to melodic sight-reading in a musical context.
Part VII. Orchestral Excerpts: This brand-new section includes three pages of excerpts from frequently performed school and all-state repertoire. Sequenced from moderately difficult to expert, these excerpts are the perfect culmination of skills taught in this method and are ideal for auditions or final exams.
• Additional Sectional Pages in each student book focus on technique and alternate clef lessons unique to each instrument.

Habits of a Successful Young String Musician by Sarah Ball, Margaret Selby, Christopher Selby & Scott Rush
“Habits of a Successful Young String Musician” is a field-tested and musical collection of 220 sequenced exercises for the beginning string student. The companion website (www.habitsstrings.com) features supplemental resources including accompaniment tracks, start-up clinic videos, and full performance videos for each exercise in the book. These cutting-edge online components are on MusicFirst (PracticeFirst) and MakeMusic Cloud (SmartMusic).

What makes “Habits of a Successful Young String Musician” unique?

Tone is at the heart of this method.
• Students begin using the bow earlier than other resources.
• The familiar melodies enable students to use their ears to develop good pitch and tone.
• Online videos allow students to see and hear professional string players modeling good tone and technique for each exercise.

Tonal literacy is a key focus of this book.
• All four open strings are introduced early.
• New notes are introduced with clear fingerboard diagrams and pictures next to the staff.
• New keys are taught by highlighting notes affected by the new key signature.

Rhythmic literacy exercises will have your students counting and reading independently.
• Long notes and rests are introduced early so students learn to count and subdivide.
• Melodies in 3/4 appear early and often.
• Nine pages of sight-reading exercises develop stronger tonal and rhythmic literacy skills.

Quality content includes:
• High-quality photos of excellent hand positions to help students develop great technique.
• A diverse repertoire of classical and folk melodies from around the world.
• Warm-up pages with scales, arpeggios, tuning canons, bowing variations, and other great tools for introducing, teaching, and reinforcing skills.

Online resources (www.habitsstrings.com) include instructional videos by professional string coaches to reinforce instrument position, left-hand set-up, bow hand technique, hooked bows, slurs, developing good tone, as well as shifting and positions in the lower strings.

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About the Author:
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!

IN ONE MONTH: Lloyd Larson Church Music Reading Sessions 10 July, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

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!

The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology NOW AVAILABLE 03 July, 2024

The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology
You’ve memorized all the songs from the double album, now it’s time to play them for yourself! This matching folio to “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology” features all 31 tracks meticulously arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Dive into the emotional depth of Swift’s music and play along with your favorite tracks from “Fortnight” to “The Manuscript,” to “So Long, London” to “So High School,” and all the others. Immerse yourself in the storytelling prowess of Taylor Swift and bring her songs to life with your own unique voice and talent!

Songs include: The Albatross • The Alchemy • The Black Dog • The Bolter • But Daddy I Love Him • Cassandra • Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus • Clara Bow • Down Bad • Florida!!! • Fortnight • Fresh Out the Slammer • Guilty as Sin? • How Did It End? • I Can Do It with a Broken Heart • I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can) • I Hate It Here • I Look in People’s Windows • Imgonnagetyouback • Loml • The Manuscript • My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys • Peter • The Prophecy • Robin • The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived • So High School • So Long, London • thanK you aIMee • The Tortured Poets Department • Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?

Also available for Easy Piano, as well as many Digital Delivery options!

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NEW String Orchestra Selections featured on the OSU String Teacher Workshop 02 July, 2024

Don’t miss these favorite selections featured on the Stanton’s Reading Session at the 2024 String Teacher Workshop at Ohio State University. The workshop runs from Sunday July 7-Saturday July 13 and is available in TWO formats: IN-PERSON or ONLINE ONLY. Find out more at music.osu.edu/outreach/osu-stw.

The Golden Gateway by Brian Balmages, Grade 3.5
Celebrate music and its ability to connect with communities around us! This joyful work by Brian Balmages is a powerful reminder of the many ways music inspires and invigorates. Beginning with a beautiful, heartfelt introduction, “The Golden Gateway” soon takes off in exuberant twists and turns before coming to a heroic conclusion.

Shiver by Randall Standridge, Grade 0.5
Whether you are shivering from cold or shivering from fright this work for very beginning orchestras is sure to set the mood of your next Winter or Fall Concert. Using only 6 notes Randall Standridge has creatively designed a piece that reaches students at their skill level while letting them experiment with the fun technique of tremolo!

The Flow of the Tide by Yukiko Nishimura, Grade 3
“The Flow of the Tide” by Yukiko Nishimura captures the feel of a flowing tide, mainly represented through the melodic line. Layers of harmony give the feeling of the tide’s ebb and flow, the splashing spray, and the sea’s changing colors. In addition to the feel of the waves, there is also a contrasting brightness and tenderness. Your orchestra will fall in love with the many moods of this stunning work.

(De)composition by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 2
The music is falling apart! Or is it? This creepy-crawly composition starts deep underground in the cello and bass sections with an ominous theme, soon joined by the creaking, scratching, and screeching of unearthly noises from the rest of the zombie orchestra. Skittering fingertips, scratchy ponticello, and eerie glissandi are just a few of the fun extended techniques players will encounter in this scary venture into the dissonance of music – decomposingg!

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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!

HerStory: The Piano Collection 26 June, 2024

HerStory: The Piano Collection compiled by Karen Marshall
“HerStory: The Piano Collection” presents invaluable repertoire by remarkable female composers across the ages. This important collection is progressively graded, suitable for intermediate to advanced level players (approximately Grade 4 to Grade 8) and also features a piano duet and an ensemble piece for piano, clarinet, viola, and cello.

Written and compiled by award-winning author and piano pedagogue Karen Marshall, each piece is accompanied by a fascinating snapshot of the 29 composers, providing invaluable insights into how they lived and composed, alongside quotes from them or about them. In addition there are suggestions of other pieces to try, personal observations from Karen Marshall and pedagogical activities and ideas.

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In Search of Inspiration 24 June, 2024

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

In Search of Inspiration: Interviews with Notable Choral Conductors compiled by Gregory Gentry
Choral conductors shoulder a great responsibility as custodians of their craft. And there is perhaps no better source of inspiration and guidance for today’s conductors than the experiences and insights of choral giants who have blazed the trail we now tread.

“In Search of Inspiration” is a collection of in-depth interviews with fifteen highly respected choral conductors from around the world. Each answers a series of fundamental questions about how they shaped their achievements: How do they balance their time making music and fulfilling teaching schedules and concert schedules? How do they motivate students, manage outside professional commitments in the educational setting, and satisfy administrators?

Each conductor generously shares their wisdom and expertise, discussing memorable educational moments on the podium and in the classroom, recounting stirring experiences in the concert hall, and sharing stories about their work with historic figures in music. They also offer insights on programming repertoire and explain how they have successfully navigated a career in music.

These interviews document the through lines within the choral art – elements of performance and mentorship stemming from such luminaries as Julius Herford and Robert Shaw that connect so many of the great conductors.

A fascinating and relevant read for any choral educator, “In Search of Inspiration” explores the choral art through extraordinary 20th- and 21st-century voices whose artistry and influence will be felt for generations to come.

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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.

Join Us with JIM GALLAGHER for Excellence in Choral Literature 2024 19 June, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: Church Music Sessions with Lloyd Larson in August 05 June, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

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!

Handbell Collections for Summer and Beyond 24 May, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

Classic Rings II for Church & School arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 3 octaves, Level 1-2
This collection of familiar, classics includes mostly works from the baroque period, but some contemporary tunes as well. You’ll find compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, Verdi, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Bizet, and more. As you work your way through the 37 titles the arrangements get progressively more advanced moving from Level 1 to 2. Tips for teaching rhythms are included throughout. This resource is reproducible, making it a great value.

Learn to Ring Volume 2 arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, 2-3 octaves, Level 1+-2+
This collection has 30 pieces arranged separately for 2 octave and 3 octave bell or chime choirs. There are familiar and not-so-familiar pieces which include secular, sacred, patriotic, Christmas, and “classics.” They range in level from Level 1- to 2+. The entire collection is reproducible, making it a bargain for your choirs!

Ring with Less arr. Martha Lynn Thompson, for 4-8 ringers
A collection of eight pieces for 4-8 ringers without tables, using 13-16 bells between D5 and C7. Each setting is only two pages long. Titles include: “Come, Let Us Anew Our Journey Pursue,” “Havah Nagila,” “He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Holy Manna,” “Still, Still, Still,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church, and sings in the First Church Choir and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

March Madness for Community Band 22 May, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

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

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

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

auld lang syne Karl L King Andrew Glover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arranging Barbershop 20 May, 2024

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

Arranging Barbershop from the Barbershop Harmony Society
Barbershop singing is often thought of as a genre of music when, in fact, it is a style of arranging. Any song can be arranged in the barbershop style, provided that the arranger be familiar with the tenets of this originally American – though now global – art form. “Arranging Barbershop” provides this framework. It follows in the footsteps of arranging legends, both from the early days of barbershop and those since the preservationist movement, including our modern, living arrangers. All of these artists shaped barbershop to what it is today: a vibrant, unique musical experience that has the capacity to be compelling both for the singers and the eager listeners. This book is intended to empower current and future generations of barbershop arrangers of all skill levels, providing them the tools and knowledge they need to bring their creations to life.

“Arranging Barbershop” is divided into four volumes:
Volume 1: Getting Started provides foundational tools and approaches for the budding arranger.
Volume 2: The Arranging Journey seeks to provide guidance for arrangers at three levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
Volume 3: Visions of Excellence is a virtual roundtable with 38 of barbershop’s greatest arrangers.
Volume 4: Learn from the Experts (coming soon!) contains two parts: Arranging in Action – dozens of hours of videos, with arrangers discussing and deconstructing their works; Arrangers’ Toolbox – deep dive chapters on specialized topics by top arrangers

Filled with case studies, specific examples (with audio and video clips) and lessons learned, each volume aims to unlock new skills and expertise for everyone interested in arranging barbershop!

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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.

SEL-ebrate 17 May, 2024

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

SEL-ebrate: Bringing Social-Emotional Learning to Music Class through Children’s Literature by Jennifer Heldstab
The phrase social-emotional learning – the SEL of “SELebrate” – has garnered alot of recent attention. But really, it is and has been a fundamental part of what all educators do – including and especially music teachers. SEL runs throughout our music curriculum, as we express emotions and work toward common goals though singing, dancing, and playing instruments. These SEL opportunities are made more explicit through the ten lessons in this resource, all of which are built around favorite children’s books.

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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.

Table of Plenty: New Titles for Communion 13 May, 2024

recommended by Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialist

Table of Plenty by Dan Schutte/arr. Mark Hayes, SATB with piano and optional flute
Useful as both a gathering or communion song, this text speaks of unity and belonging through the voice of God who will provide for all who gather at the table. The piano accompaniment is beautifully rendered, and a separate optional part flute adds sparkle.

After Giving Thanks, Remember Me by Mary McDonald, SATB with piano
Mary McDonald gives us a reflective, compelling communion text woven with delicate, expressive piano accompaniment that is especially suited for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday services. This piece could easily be sung as a vocal solo.

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church, and sings in the First Church Choir and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

New LEROY ANDERSON Titles for Community Band 08 May, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

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

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

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

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

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

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

DON’T MISS the 31st Annual Excellence in Choral Literature Session This Summer! 07 May, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.