News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Category: Orchestra

Sound the Celebration! Programmatic Music for Young Orchestra 27 March, 2020

spring fever kathryn griesingerrecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Spring Fever by Kathryn Griesinger, Grade 1
A fun, 50s-style rock piece for beginning string players! This easy, up-beat tune only uses notes from the D and G Major scales with just a few open E strings in violin. Add optional drum set for a real dance party beat. The perfect finale for a first-year spring concert!
TEACH • rhythmic independence, pickups on beat 4, dynamics
ORCHESTRATION • fully scored – add drumset for a 60s rock feel
PERFORMANCE • show off your beginners at their spring concert

Falconer by Doug Spata, Grade 2
Perfect for late-beginner and early-intermediate orchestras, this work features simple eighth-note ostinatos; dramatic melodies; and a bold, cinematic sound. Rhythmic independence is limited, and the notes can all be played on the D and A strings (G string for the basses). But the piece retains a mature style that students will love.
TEACH • staccato, pairing up for melodies, dynamic extremes
ORCHESTRATION • melodic content generously shared together
PERFORMANCE • getting it up to 170 will get folks to take notice

sound the celebration deborah baker mondaySound the Celebration by Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2
Set in ABA form, with a brief “Andante e legato” middle section, the A section is truly a bright fanfare which makes for a fantastic concert opener. It’s in D Major with some C naturals thrown in for extra color.
TEACH • F & C natural in D major, necessity of bow position/speed
ORCHESTRATION • most, but not all, of the action in upper strings
PERFORMANCE • exhilarating spirit provides concert inspiration

Perpetuum by Paul Barker, Grade 2.5
“Perpetuum” is a lively and contemporary addition to any concert performance with its memorable melodic lines and relentless driving rhythms. The piece begins with a powerful introduction to the main theme which is ingeniously augmented as the piece powers forward. The middle section provides a warm, lyrical contrast performed by the lower strings. The main theme returns with a wall of sound heading to a dramatic close. This beautifully expressive and contemporary work is a nice change of pace for orchestra students. Using the optional percussion parts are highly recommended for optimal effect.
TEACH • rhythmic combinations in 6/8, rest on beat 1, D minor
ORCHESTRATION • add effective tambourine, cymbals, bass drum
PERFORMANCE • dramatic, expressive, 6/8 extravaganza

cold fusion peter terryCold Fusion by Peter Terry, Grade 2.5
“Cold Fusion” is a dramatic piece for string orchestra which alternates between a syncopated fanfare and a bold, yet lyrical theme. These contrasting ideas chase each other throughout the piece and their basic nature should be emphasized. The syncopated figure rarely goes away altogether and should be felt under the lyrical theme when they appear together, without becoming too prominent. Performers should pay particular attention to the places where this rhythm blossoms into a restatement of the fanfare to bring this connection out. Reserve enough energy for a big ending. In particular, allow the piece to build into the biggest moment from m. 103 to the end. The title alludes to the idea of a massive amount of energy being unleashed through fairly simple means.
TEACH • A natural minor, syncopation, solid, yet off-kilter pulse
ORCHESTRATION • all parts needed for a thrusting, unified whole
PERFORMANCE • dramatic, energetic and forward propelling

Ignite by Kathryn Griesinger, Grade 2.5
Feel the intensity and fire of an exciting adventure in this electric work for string orchestra. Written in A minor, the musical journey takes players through a series of unexpected modal shifts using easy accidentals, edgy syncopation, and accented rhythms to maintain a sense of danger and momentum. This work of daring escape explodes with energy, keeping players and audiences on the edge of their seats.
TEACH • A minor with modal shifts, edgy syncopation, extra beats
ORCHESTRATION • very active parts for all orchestra sections
PERFORMANCE • this one will light a fire under your audience

dance of the red dragons michael hopkinsDance of the Red Dragons by Michael Hopkins, Grade 2.5
This energetic and beautiful original work is a lively 2/4 meter piece set in the keys of G major and E minor. All sections pass around the melody while energetic rhythms highlight the countermelody and accompaniment parts. This great festival or concert closer will make your orchestra sound rich and mature.
TEACH • offbeat accents, keeping melody above active accompaniment
ORCHESTRATION • every section gets the melody at some point
PERFORMANCE • a young string group will sound rich and mature

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About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

World Music for Orchestra 14 February, 2020

danza de mi corazon dance of my heart steven l. rosenhausrecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Danza de mi Corazon (Dance of My Heart) by Steven L. Rosenhaus, Grade 2.5
Composer Steven Rosenhaus always strives to have his music connect emotionally with players and audiences alike. This energetic work does that and makes you want to dance too! It’s truly a “dance of the heart.”
TEACH • D harmonic minor, 16th note pick-ups, interweaving
ORCHESTRATION • all parts active, some call and response
PERFORMANCE • will make your feet move and your heart sigh

jai hind deborah baker mondayJai Hind arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2.5
“Jai Hind” is an Indian expression meaning “Hail India” or “Long Live India.” This arrangement features three different songs, including Jana, Gana, Mana, the National Anthem of India. Ms. Monday also includes an energetic Bollywood inspired section which is a nod to the popular Indian movie industry. The opening section features a beautiful violin solo.
TEACH • drones, gliding whole step “meends,” Bollywood rhythms
ORCHESTRATION • tabla/djembe & suspended cymbal add lots
PERFORMANCE • ear-opening with social studies cross curriculum

la fiesta de cuerdas bob phillips john nietoLa Fiesta de Cuerdas arr. Bob Phillips & John Nieto, Grade 2.5
Two traditional mariachi tunes, “Alá en el Rancho Grande” and “La Adelita,” along with a new original, “Polka de San Antonio” by John Nieto, form a fabulous medley for any happy occasion—any fiesta. As the title (translated “The Festival of Strings”) indicates, make it a party! In 2/4 and first position with some chromatic alterations, this piece is accessible and fun to play. The rhythmic pulse continues throughout this exciting piece.
TEACH • Mariachi rhythms & colors, chromatics, key changes
ORCHESTRATION • bass anchors the 2-beat feel, all others “sing”
PERFORMANCE • very playable & very authentic sounding medley

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About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Just Add Music!: Orchestra Teaching Pieces for Young Players 20 January, 2020

just add music scott watsonrecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Just Add Music by Scott Watson, Grade 1
This work contains notes and rhythms in the printed music – but no tempo indication or expressive markings (such as dynamics or articulations). Those missing items are the “music” that you, the teacher, along with the ensemble will select and pencil into the music to make this piece uniquely reflect your ensemble! All the notes and rhythms you need for a great concert selection are included in this recipe for hands-on learning and creativity.
TEACH • adding tempo, dynamics and articulations markings
ORCHESTRATION • all parts equally simple, but need “music!”
PERFORMANCE • every group will make it refreshingly different

sunchasers tanner ottoSunchasers by Tanner Otto, Grade 1
This animated piece with simple, catchy melodies introduces the tonality of A major without any extended finger patterns. The piece is perfect for working on staccato bowing and cut time. The lighthearted A theme makes way for the energetic and driving B and C sections. Written in rondo form, it follows a group of friends on their summer adventure. Try having students write their own narration to fit the music!
TEACH • cut-time, A major, hemiolas, pentatonics, viola 4th finger
ORCHESTRATION • everyone has fun playing all the time
PERFORMANCE • sounding slightly Asian, it’s catchy & animated

subterranean kathryn griesingerSubterranean by Kathryn Griesinger, Grade 1.5
Go underground to explore the deep, dark sounds of the orchestra’s lowest strings. A ponderous, minor theme weaves through every section of the orchestra along with a few easy off-beat rhythms. The absence of low 2 finger patterns make this helpful for teaching and reinforcing note reading on the G, C, and E (bass) strings, while also being extremely satisfying musically.
TEACH • note reading on lowest strings, warm, broad bow strokes
ORCHESTRATION • equal time for everyone on their low string
PERFORMANCE • mysterious e minor could work for Halloween

bronze age jeremy woolstenhulmeThe Bronze Age by Jeremy Woolstenhulme, Grade 1.5
“The Bronze Age” is an energetic work featuring accents and meter changes from ¾ to 4/4. It’s in E minor and all music is in 1st position. A Learning Bank is included jam packed with information about this prolific time during prehistoric times when the discovery of bronze contributed to the making of strong weapons, tools, utensils, and more.
TEACH • using easy half/quarter/eighth rhythms in changing meters
ORCHESTRATION • all are playing (and counting!) all the time
PERFORMANCE • study cross-curriculum with ancient history/art

Visit us online to browse more options for your young orchestra, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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

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

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

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Colors of Home: Programmatic Music for Orchestra 18 December, 2019

colors of home alan lee silvarecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Colors of Home by Alan Lee Silva, Grade 3
A loving portrait of life growing up in the pastoral foothills of Northern California, “Colors of Home” conveys a warm Americana feeling, featuring beautifully nuanced melodic themes and carefully crafted harmonies.
TEACH • bringing melody out of rhythmic, harmonic layers
ORCHESTRATION • active, but lyrical accompaniment parts
PERFORMANCE • wonderful, laid back, change of pace selection

zoom richard meyerZoom! by Richard Meyer, Grade 3
Vivid imagery, colorful orchestrations, and a variety of styles all combine to make this one-of-a-kind selection a journey that your students and audience will never forget! In the form of a five-part rondo with changing tempos, this piece will let creativity fly!
TEACH • syncopation, accidentals, contrasting styles, 5/4 time
ORCHESTRATION • no one will get bored with this zoomer!
PERFORMANCE • tons of variety in one five-minute selection

Gemini by George Sweet, Grade 3
The astrological sign of Gemini is important to the composer and his family. In addition to being born under the sign himself, the composer’s father and sister are also Geminis. This piece, as a result, is both auto-biographical and a reflection of the composers closest family.
TEACH • blend close-knit, shifting harmonies with good intonation
ORCHESTRATION • non-technical parts, but sonority is crucial
PERFORMANCE • perfect ethereal addition to a “space” concert

struggle in the shadows brian balmagesStruggle in the Shadows by Brian Balmages, Grade 3
This powerful work tackles the issue of bullying in schools from the perspective of a student. Making use of a quartet within the ensemble (either a standard quartet or an option of using a second cellist instead of viola), the piece moves between the voices of the lonely and their experiences. From moments of solitude to anguish and hope, this piece seeks to bring light to an issue that continues to plague schools worldwide.
TEACH • emotional push/pull, articulated tremolo, balance
ORCHESTRATION • crucial piano and string quartet parts
PERFORMANCE • allowing moments of solitude, anguish and hope

trailblaze rick hirschTrailblaze by Rick Hirsch, Grade 3.5
The sweeping cinematic sounds of this energetic work will immediately grasp your audience’s attention and your students will be excited to dig in and experience the fun groove of the piece! Written with a slight jazz flavor, the music is a welcome departure from standard string repertoire and is a phenomenal change of pace for your next program.
TEACH • feeling 3/4 in 1, syncopation, shifting, major 7th/minor 2nd
ORCHESTRATION • everybody has meaty pemmican to chew
PERFORMANCE • sweeping, driving, cinematic & slightly jazzy

Browse our website for more programmatic options for strings, or contact us for personalized recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Marketing Your Music Program 27 November, 2019

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

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

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“Primal” Strings: Orchestra Teaching Pieces 11 November, 2019

monster named stretch anthony granatarecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

The Monster Named Stretch by Anthony Granata, Grade 2.5
Written in the eerie key of F-sharp natural minor that attracts young students, this sound defines our scary monster called “Stretch.” Each section gets important melodic and countermelodic material. With two separate sections (slow and fast), a legato middle section, a jaunty pizzicato section, and a forceful coda, every section will be challenging. The work features simple rhythm patterns to make it more accessible and allow the student to focus on the three sharps.
TEACH • stretched left hand positions, tremolos, cello/bass shifting
ORCHESTRATION • everyone gets to dig into this monster!
PERFORMANCE • use it to teach extensions – and for Halloween!

rubicon doug spataRubicon by Doug Spata, Grade 3
Written to help students understand the concept of positions, this entire piece can be played by the violins, violas, and cellos in 3rd position with no shifting! Playing in positions is often a challenging hurdle for many young musicians yet an important prerequisite for advanced techniques. The rhythms are kept very simple so students can focus on playing in a new way. With a dark, mature sound and named after an ancient Roman border river, this piece allows plenty of room for expression. To “cross the Rubicon” is to pass a point of no return and enter into a new realm. This work is both a valuable teaching tool for a new musical adventure and a thrilling concert piece that students will be excited to show off in concert.
TEACH • Violin/Viola/Cello stay in 3rd Position, cut time, G minor
ORCHESTRATION • everyone has plenty to think about and do
PERFORMANCE • dark, mature sound for great concert fodder

primal strings gary faganPrimal Strings by Gary Fagan, Grade 3
The word primal is defined as “relating to an early stage in development” or “basic, fundamental, essential, elemental.” Imagine this tune challenging your players who fit that definition. Many young and developing musicians experience difficulty with mastering rhythmic accuracy with confidence. Yet, rhythm is essential to music performance. Student proficiency in reading rhythmic figures and being able to move comfortably from one meter to another should be a goal of the orchestra director. This work provides rhythmic challenges and uses multiple meter changes to create interesting, appealing, and unique rhythmic textures.
TEACH • changing meters, layering rhythms, “modern” harmony
ORCHESTRATION • lots of interesting movement in all parts
PERFORMANCE • reminiscent of a 60s action TV show theme

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About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Holidays with the Orchestra 02 October, 2019

hanukkah dances katie o'hara-labrierecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Hanukkah Dances arr. Katie O’Hara-Labrie, Grade 1.5
Liven up your holiday concert with a medley of four familiar Hanukkah tunes that are perfect for beginning to advanced levels. Everyone gets a chance to play the melody in this exciting arrangement. Technical considerations include optional shifting for 1st violins while cellos work on extensions.
TEACH • D major/D minor, cascading entrances, overlapping tunes
ORCHESTRATION • melodies for everyone, sometimes overlapped
PERFORMANCE • delightful Hanukkah medley for the season

we three kings rule susan h. dayWe Three Kings Rule arr. Susan H. Day, Grade 2
Ms. Day’s creative arrangement takes this popular carol outside the box by working in 4/4 and 3/4 time! Her signature rich harmonic underpinnings fill out the sound of the orchestra and the occasional harmonics given to 1st Violins is icing on the cake.
TEACH • violin harmonic E, arpeggios, melody in 4/4 and 3/4
ORCHESTRATION • melody shared with active accompaniments
PERFORMANCE • unique, clever rendition of a well-known carol

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
A medium-level arrangement of the novelty holiday song, written by John Rox in 1953.
TEACH • rhythms in 6/8 time, “roadmap” reading, chromaticism
ORCHESTRATION • melody shared, but mostly in violin 1 & cello
PERFORMANCE • entertaining program filler for a holiday concert

all i want for christmas is you larry mooreAll I Want for Christmas Is You arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Medium level arrangement of the most popular holiday song of 1994. Includes optional piano, electric bass, and percussion.
TEACH • pop music syncopations, D#/Eb, triplets, D.S. al Coda
ORCHESTRATION • rock bass plus piano, drumset & sleigh bells
PERFORMANCE • relatively current pop song for a holiday concert

About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Orchestra Classics for Grade 1-3 23 September, 2019

water music g.f. handel carrie lane grusellerecommended by Dan C. and Megan W., Orchestra Specialists

Water Music (Minuet & Bourree) by G.F. Handel/arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle, Grade 1
Feature this amazingly authentic arrangement of a Baroque masterpiece! Two movements from Handel’s “Water Music Suite No. 2” highlight some of the most famous music from the Baroque era while falling well within the technical capability of a young orchestra. Wonderful music with a vast amount of teaching opportunities!
TEACH • martelé/detaché, dynamic contrast, G string notes, trill
ORCHESTRATION • everyone active with lots of unison rhythms
PERFORMANCE • Water Music a perennial favorite for all involved

saltarello vincenzo galilei morgan denneySaltarello by Vincenzo Galilei/arr. Morgan Denney, Grade 1.5
This lively triple-meter dance from the 16th century is very popular with classical guitarists and is now a wonderful addition to the string orchestra repertoire. Pizzicato accompaniments interact with a playful melody that is cleverly developed throughout the ensemble. A delightful work perfect as a change of pace on any program.
TEACH • eighth notes slurred & separate, passing melody, pizzicato accompaniment
ORCHESTRATION • generously shared melody to be brought out
PERFORMANCE • Italian “saltare” is “to jump” for a lively dance

mahler's mysterious march jim palmerMahler’s Mysterious March by Gustav Mahler/arr. Jim Palmer, Grade 1.5
This piece is based on a minor version of “Frère Jacques” as heard in Gustav Mahler’s first symphony. The haunting melody and creative variations will capture the students’ interest right away. The wide range of dynamics and contrasting styles in this theme and variation setting create a beautiful piece for the concert and festival stage.
TEACH • contrasting dynamics & styles, C & F natural in E minor
ORCHESTRATION • three variations give everyone the spotlight
PERFORMANCE • rare to get to play Mahler at this grade level

brandenburg concerto no. 5 j.s. bach richard meyerBrandenburg Concerto #5 by J.S. Bach/arr. Richard Meyer, Grade 1.5
The famous first movement of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5,” arranged by Richard Meyer, has been simplified and shortened for the first-year player but still retains all the energy and spirit of the original. It uses only the notes of the D major scale (including a few “high E’s” for Violin I), and the rhythms are within reach of players with very little experience. The perfect selection for your beginning orchestra’s first “real piece,” this arrangement is sure to become a traditional part of your string curriculum.
TEACH • arpeggios, violin 4th finger E, double V, dotted rhythms
ORCHESTRATION • Brandenburgs are busy – no exception here!
PERFORMANCE • standard repertoire every student should know

ukrainian dance hopak modest mussorgsky deborah baker mondayUkrainian Dance (Hopak) by Modest Mussorgsky/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2
This energetic and lively dance features some of the most delightful themes from Mussorgsky’s original. Based in G Major, this arrangement also showcases some of the composer’s harmonic vocabulary while using very few accidentals. A perfect selection to change the pace of your concert, especially after a heavy work.
TEACH • “circular” bowing, offbeats, simple chromatics, trills
ORCHESTRATION • cascading entrances and Q&A add interest
PERFORMANCE • “leaping & stomping” dance will bring smiles

norwegian dance edvard grieg jeff baileyNorwegian Dance, Op. 35 #2 by Edvard Grieg/arr. Jeff Bailey, Grade 2.5
What a light and cute contribution to any concert! The use of staccatos in this arrangement serves as a perfect tool to improve and polish ensemble precision. In G Major and all in 1st position.
TEACH • triplets, 16th notes, C#, D#, A#, Eb, Bb, chromatics
ORCHESTRATION • 1st violins share melody with 2nd, violas, cellos
PERFORMANCE • delightful melody sprinkled with ritards & holds

finale from symphony no. 12 f.j. haydn carrie lane gruselleFinale from Symphony #12 by F.J. Haydn/arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle, Grade 2.5
Treat your students to this spectacular arrangement showcasing the “Father of the Symphony.” This exquisitely orchestrated arrangement teaches a wealth of skills including off-the-string eighth notes, detaché, sixteenth notes, chromatic alterations, and includes abundant opportunities to practice up-beats at the frog. Engaging for every member of the orchestra!
TEACH • detaché 16th notes, low & high fingers, pickups at frog
ORCHESTRATION • activity for everyone in melody and accompaniment
PERFORMANCE • early Haydn opus is refreshingly celebratory

slavonic dance antonin dvorak jim palmerSlavonic Dance, Op. 46 #3 by Antonin Dvorak/arr. Jim Palmer, Grade 3
Lively and full of character, this arrangement will be an exciting opener or closer to any concert. Featuring traditional rhythms of Slavic folk music, the piece will give all players a chance to play lyrical melodies as well as exciting dance-like rhythms.
TEACH • end a slur with staccato, offbeats, abrupt tempo change
ORCHESTRATION • everyone but basses gets melodic material
PERFORMANCE • Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances are always a treat

fanfare from la peri paul dukas deborah baker mondayFanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 3
Originally composed for brass, this extraordinary prelude is now available for string orchestra! Dukas wrote it to precede the beginning of his ballet, “La Peri,” to help patrons settle into their seats for the opening of the ballet. A stunning opener for any concert!
TEACH • subdivision, 20th century harmony, French instructions
ORCHESTRATION • everyone has equal musical challenges
PERFORMANCE • an impressive concert opener when polished

Need more classics for your orchestra? Find more on our website, or contact us to brainstorm ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

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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Attack of the Walking Basses 12 August, 2019

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Prepare for Halloween with one of these spooky choices for string orchestra!

Attack of the Walking Basses by Bob Phillips, Grade 1.5
Perfect for young orchestras, this Halloween bass-tacular features the entire bass section playing walking bass lines. The piece is in 1st position for violins, violas, and cellos, and everyone gets to play exciting tremolos.
TEACH • walking bass line, tremolo, F and C natural, dynamics
ORCHESTRATION • feature the often unheralded bass section
PERFORMANCE • Halloween novelty is sure to be a kitschy hit

alfred-47470-fLegend of the Ghost Stallion by Richard Meyer, Grade 2.5
This ode to the Wild West begins with a mysterious introduction using the folk song “All the Pretty Little Horses” in an eerie setting that will send shivers up the spines of performers and audience members alike. Brief solos for violin, viola, and cello are heard. The pace then picks up as we hear the driving and energetic theme of the Ghost Stallion riding through the moonlit countryside. The repeated galloping rhythm (eighth/two sixteenths) appears in stretches and is designed to improve your students’ abilities to perform this all-important bowing pattern. This picturesque and educationally sound selection by Richard Meyer is sure to capture the imagination and improve the technique of everyone in both intermediate and more advanced orchestras.
TEACH • D minor/E minor, 8th/2-16th rhythm, glissandi, tremolo
ORCHESTRATION • short solos for principal violin, viloa, cello
PERFORMANCE • “All the Pretty Little Horses” plus the wild west

cfn-yas194-fApparitions by Doug Spata, Grade 2.5
“Apparitions” is a diabolical selection that starts off with some fun fingering challenges and string crossings and then ups the ante by getting faster…and faster…and faster! Not only is it a great piece to help young musicians master technical challenges, such as chromatic fingerings, it also helps them listen to each other and practice watching their conductor! Students and audiences will enjoy the spooky-fun style and orchestra teachers will appreciate the technical and ensemble playing skills that the piece requires.
TEACH • chromatic fingering, string crossing, watch the conductor
ORCHESTRATION • everyone gets the twisty-turny melody
PERFORMANCE • the direction of the melody is full of surprises

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!

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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For Orchestra: THE AVENGERS 28 June, 2019

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The Avengers (Main Theme) arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
The superheroes are back, and more popular (and powerful) than ever! Alan Silvestri’s theme perfectly portrays the excitement and heroics of the new blockbuster film, and Larry Moore brings energy and excitement to this arrangement for string orchestra.

Music from The Avengers arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
Alan Silvestri’s powerful themes perfectly portray the excitement and adventure of this blockbuster super-hero film, and Larry Moore brings it all to the concert stage with this superb montage for strings. Includes: “Arrival,” “The Avengers Theme,” “Helicarrier,” “A Promise,” “Tunnel Chase.”

leon-04626494-fCaptain America March arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3-4
Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Polar Express) brings a brilliant adventure theme to this year’s blockbuster action film, Captain America. Fanfares, bold and contrasting themes, and rhythmic drive make this a distinctive symphonic march.

Theme from Ant-Man arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3-4
From Marvel’s recent blockbuster film, Christophe Beck’s main theme is deliciously dark and ominous. This skillfully arranged version for the concert use skillfully brings all the drama of the original to life.

Black Panther arr. Larry Moore, Grade 3-4
From the blockbuster movie Black Panther comes an equally powerful score by Ludwig Göransson. This dynamic collection features many of the important themes, including “Ancestral Plane,” “Waterfall Fight,” “Killmonger” and “United Nations/End Titles.”

leon-530865Music from Black Panther arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2-3
The film score for the blockbuster movie Black Panther is as dramatic and powerful as the movie itself. Here is a practical, accessible setting of the main themes carefully arranged for strings. Includes “Ancestral Plane,” “Waterfall Fight” and “United Nations/End Titles.”

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Make Music Day 2019 21 June, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

#makethemostmusic #MakeMusicDay

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Cross Cultural Options for String Orchestra 27 March, 2019

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Ireland, Scotland and Mexico all have wonderful musical traditions that can be experienced by your string players with these three offerings at the Grade 2-3 level. Stanton’s always looks for good teaching opportunities, satisfying parts for all sections and positive programmability in the literature they recommend, and these all meet the qualifications. You can’t go wrong with any or all of these top notch titles.

Siesta Dream by David Bobrowitz, Grade 2+
It is obviously Latin, but Bobrowitz steers clear of many of the rhythmic stereotypes, so your students are really going to have to read the rhythms to feel how they fall into the pulse of the piece. They will find the groove naturally, but counting is crucial. The optional maracas will help solidify the beat and with the memorable melody laid over the top, you’ll have a wonderful Lain change-of-pace. Dulces sueños!

grandm-gmmor198-fAnnie Laurie arr. David Bobrowitz, Grade 2+
Are you working on expression and finesse with your middle school/young high school players? “Annie Laurie” is the perfect vehicle to help teach those concepts. The well-known tune is heard in the first violins and cellos, but it is the accompaniment parts that will provide practice in making the piece come alive in its exquisite beauty. It’s the tremolo, pizzicato, rolling eighth note passages, stretched phrases and lush harmonies all happening unobtrusively under the tune that will bring a collective sigh from the audience as the pieces winds to a close at the final morendo.

fjh-st6449-fSheehan’s Pub Band by Chris Thomas, Grade 3
Sounding as if it is a standard Irish jig, this spritely 6/8 romp is actually an original composition inspired by the composer’s visit to Sheehan’s Pub in Killarney, Ireland. The melodic material is shared amongst all of the sections, so everyone gets a crack at manipulating the 6/8 rhythms and coordinating the left and right hands. If you are looking for a piece to work on 6/8 at the Grade 3 level, this one is ideal. It is wonderfully melodic and contains all the rhythmic possibilities in that time signature – including a few surprising rests! Fiddle music is one genre that string players can claim as their own – no one else can fiddle like fiddlers! So take full advantage of the uniqueness of string instruments and give this one a try. You won’t regret it!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Take a Trip With Your Young String Players 06 March, 2019

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Not only can you teach new musical concepts to your young players, you can give them some geographical references along the way. Stanton’s always looks for pieces that give everyone interesting parts to play along with many learning opportunities, and these are no exception. Travel to Mexico, England and Ireland with these three winners at the grade 1 to 1½ level and bring the audience along for the ride. You could even add a social studies lesson if you’d like.

cfn-bas77-fSound the Trumpets arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 1
Reminiscent of “Simple Gifts,” another Shaker tune, this one was originally called “Mother’s Golden Trumpet” and appeared in a collection for Christmas. It could be used on a holiday concert, but would easily fit in any musical presentation. It could also be used within a cross-cultural curriculum. There is some part-independence, with cascading entrances plus always-solid, veteran arranger Ms. Monday scored it especially for equal playing among sections. There are some quirky, odd-measure phrases typical of this “old-timey” music which adds to the charm. Perfect for starting out your second year players at the beginning of the school year.

kendor-8301-fHuevos Rancheros by George T. Brueh, Grade 1+
Here’s a catchy tune inspired by a popular Mexican breakfast! Your first and/or second year players will have a blast with this little Latin loop-de-loop. There are suggestions on the score to help teach the syncopated Latin rhythms. Cellos and basses keep a groove going, but sometimes join the others in rhythmic unisons, and everybody gets to remember where to lay in the C naturals. Buen Apetito!

fjh-st6458-fWhere the River Shannon Flows arr. Brian Balmages, Grade 1.5
Young players often like to play loud and fast, but every now and then they need to play sweet and slow to build maturity and musicality plus develop their listening skills and their sense of ensemble. Here is the perfect Grade 1.5 piece to that end. Starting with the eponymous, beautiful Irish love song, Brian Balmages uses his unique orchestrating skills and lush harmonic sense to weave the melody through an increasingly complex series of textures and colors without using any rhythms more involved than quarter notes or any notes out of first position, except for basses. Fourth fingers are recommended in the violins and violas to avoid open strings for a less strident tone. The piece has a natural flow at almost any tempo, but you won’t want to take it too fast. The melody in cellos and basses adds some subtle moments of tension as the piece moves toward its glorious climax. Don’t let this one slip your attention. It is absolutely stunning.

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.