News & Views Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Category: Staff Picks

Excellence in Choral Literature 2019 15 July, 2019

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 26th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/24/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, James E. Strouse Workshop Hall, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

NEXT MONTH: Sacred Choral Reading Session 09 July, 2019

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Jay Rouse for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 10, 2019.

Jay Rouse is one of the premier choral arrangers in Christian music. He has over 350 compositions and arrangements published, including over 30 major sacred choral works, 50 best‑selling a cappella C018146.jpgarrangements, a highly recognized hymn series for choir or piano and solo instrument entitled Piano Plus, and a number of best‑selling solo piano books and recordings. Mr. Rouse is a Dove Award winning producer and has logged many hours on the road traveling in the music ministry. He spent over ten years as musical director and accompanist for Sandi Patty.

In addition to his work as a keyboard artist, composer, and arranger he has been the primary producer and conductor for all of the choral and instrumental publications from PraiseGathering Music Group and Gaither Music Company over the last two decades. Jay Rouse continues to make a major impact on music for the church musician across the nation. Along with his wife Amy and two children, Londyn and Thatcher, Jay resides in Anderson, Indiana.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. 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.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Jay Rouse
Saturday 8/10/2019, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $5.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 1:30)
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

From the Fires by Greta Van Fleet 08 July, 2019

Greta Van Fleet’s second release “From the Fires” shows off a band full of promise, and we look forward to hearing more from them! This collection, published by Hal Leonard, contains all eight songs from the album “From the Fires” in authentic guitar transcriptions with notes and tablature. The transcriptions are for ensembles of two to four guitars. “Flower Power” is a ballad that has that folk-y feel to it, and the band’s cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” is well done, and it’s sad that the song is as apropos as it was in the 1960’s. If you play guitar, this is a great collection to have and enjoy! Trivia: did you know that the band is named after a real person?

For more information about this collection or other music from specific bands, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Patriotic Arrangements for Community Jazz Ensembles 05 July, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON: The Joy of Singing 2019 25 June, 2019

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2019, featuring the best new music from Hal Leonard! We’re especially excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/2/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, and Emily Crocker. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you.

Registration is now open – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

For Summer Worship: Handbells 24 June, 2019

hope-1935-frecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal & Handbell Music Specialist

HANDBELL SOLO
My Story, My Song arr. Christine Anderson & John Carter
The handbell solo enters alone with a reverent verse from “Tell Me the Old, Old Story” before the piano enters. The next section begins with the refrain of “Blessed Assurance” then on to “I Love to Tell the Story.” Extensive performance notes are given and a separate score is included for the soloist.

Classic Baroque Solos Volume 5 arr. Christine Anderson & Cathy DeRousse
With this new collection, Christine Anderson adds to her series of “Classic Baroque Solos.” These classical solos from the Baroque period incorporate more advanced techniques in order to perform them musically and at the correct tempo. These songs use bell trees, cymbells, handchimes, and upside down handchimes along with multiple bells-in-hand methods. Choreography is suggested in a limited way; most pieces leave blocking strategies up to the advanced ringer. The organ accompaniments are arranged by Cathy DeRousse. Titles include: Air (G.F. Handel); Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach); Rondeau (Jean Joseph Mouret); Sicilienne (J.S. Bach)

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Five Hymn Tune Duets II arr. Douglas E. Wagner
These duets are set for 2-octaves of handbells and keyboard. The duets are accessible and separate parts are included for each ringer and the keyboardist. Titles include: Fairest Lord Jesus; Holy God We Praise Your Name; Jubilate; Morning Has Broken; The Tallis Canon

HANDBELL QUARTET
Patriotic Medley arr. Valerie Stephenson
The echo and gyro techniques are part of the fun of this quartet medley of “America,” “America the Beautiful,” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” A three-measure fanfare of shakes opens the medley and leads into the first tune. At 75 measures in length, a good resource for those patriotic occasions.

Hymn to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven/arr. Kevin McChesney
Fanfares introduce and separate the stanzas in this otherwise traditional arrangment. Uses 3 octaves plus D7.

HANDBELL QUINTET
Five By Five arr. Douglas E. Wagner
A collection of five pieces for five ringers with each ringer’s part printed separately. A full score for the director is also included. Titles include: Be Thou My Vision; Carol of the Bells; Holy Holy Holy; Jesus Loves Me; Lord I Want to Be a Christian

HANDBELL ENSEMBLE
Twelve Bells for Worship II arr. Patricia S. Cota
This seventh volume of Patti Sanders Cota’s “Twelve Bell” series is playable by three to six ringers with bell assignments given for each option. All songs are written for bells ranging from C5 (middle C) to G6 and are scored entirely in the treble clef. Titles include: How Great Thou Art; O Worship the King; Our Great Savior; Take My Life and Let It Be; ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Medley); Wonderful Words of Life

chorgd-cgb1104-fWade in the Water arr. Anna Laura Page
“Wade in the Water” is a collection of five familiar tunes that have “water” in their theme. The handbell part in each piece is written for 12 bells (playable for 3-6 ringers.) The accessible piano accompaniments are a lovely addition but are totally optional. These settings are intended to provide fun pieces that may be used in various venues with fewer ringers. Titles include: Wade in the Water; Hornpipe (from Water Music); Down to the River to Pray; Shall We Gather at the River; Deep River

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 15 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 at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Advance with Aebersold 19 June, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON: Elementary General Music Clinic 18 June, 2019

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic (featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday 8/1/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes lunch)

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 37th edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

ADDED BONUS: Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic and The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir are now combined into ONE GREAT DAY OF MUSIC! We’ll explore classroom resources, musicals, games, and more from a variety of publishers, and you’ll also preview the best new music and resources for beginning choirs from Hal Leonard with Cristi, John Jacobson, and Emily Crocker!

And, we’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Oh, We Are Fine Musicians”: Especially for Elementary Choir 17 June, 2019

lorenz-522116recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Oh, We Are Fine Musicians (We Practice Every Day) arr. Mark Burrows, 2- or 3-part equal voices with piano
Happiness teems in this imaginative arrangement of the popular German folk song. Set mostly in oom-pah band style, everyone gets a chance to shine on the melody as voices mimic the sounds of trumpet, bass drum, and flute. Playful ideas for movement and visuals are included.

Living What I Believe by Jim Papoulis, 2-part with piano
Written with the Mississippi Boychoir, here is a song with energy and driving rhythms. The phrase “living what I believe” is repeated over and over, almost like a mantra and represents the struggle that young people have as they discover what is important in their lives. The syncopated verse feels like a spoken phrase with pitches. A hip and relevant song your young singers will love.

alfred-46939-fI’m Bound for Glory! (Swing Low) by Sally K. Albrecht & Jay Althouse, 2-part with piano
A quote from “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” opens this gospel original with soulful style before breaking into a full-blown spiritual celebration! The energized and syncopated chorus is a strong hook designed especially for developing voices.

A Million Dreams (from “The Greatest Showman”) arr. Mac Huff, 2-part with piano & optional rhythm
Dreams are the fuel that motivates our young people. And “a million dreams” moved P.T. Barnum to create an art form never before seen. This is the sort of inspirational song that can move singers and listeners alike to dream, dream big and dream of ways they can bring new and exciting creations to the world.

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Top Christian Hits of 2018-2019 12 June, 2019

00289815-wlSummer is here, and it is time to start planning for special music! Top Christian Hits of 2018-2019 contains 18 of the most recent top hits, any of which would be appreciated by your congregation. Included are favorites such as “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury, “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams, “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong, and “Nobody Loves Me Like You” by Chris Tomlin. A praise band can work any of these songs up to perform as well, and this collection could be used all summer and beyond!

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

Creative Programming: For Middle School Boys 07 June, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Keeping boys happily singing through their voice change is one of the best ways to ensure that they will be life-long musicians! We recommend these new options to engage and feature your young men:

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First Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir by Mark Patterson, Unison/2-part unchanged voices with piano
Written and arranged to meet the challenges of finding quality repertoire for emerging unchanged male singers, Mark Patterson hits the mark with this set of three songs. “First Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir” offers directors a wide variety teachable material and is a staple for any middle school choral library. Includes: “Come Sail Away with Me,” “A Future Shared,” and “Gloucester Moors.”

CLASSICAL LITERATURE
Hallelujah, Amen by G.F. Handel/arr. Greg Gilpin, TB with piano
Introduce your men’s ensemble to this powerful chorus from Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabeus.” Adapted for men in just two voice parts, this arrangement preserves much of the original counterpoint. A wonderful piece for exploring melismatic phrases, developing vocal agility, and encouraging breath control. Most importantly, it’s an achievable masterwork for your guys!

lorenz-522133Linden Lea by Ralph Vaughan Williams/arr. Larry Shackley, TB with piano
This lovely popular Vaughan Williams vocal solo has been transformed into a delightful concert or contest title for two-part men’s groups. The original vocal line has been enhanced with delightful counterpoint and harmonic shadings carrying the descriptive lyrics through three verses. Destined to become a repertoire standard!

MASTERWORK TEXTS
Sing Me a Song of a Lad That Is Gone by Victor C. Johnson, TB with piano
History and music join together in this super accessible original setting of the beloved Robert Louis Stevenson poem about the exile of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye after his defeat in the Jacobean uprising of 1745. Beginning and ending in a comfortable major key, the minor middle section provides a delightful contrast. Your choir will love it!

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I Heard It Through the Grapevine arr. Audrey Snyder, TB with piano
This Motown classic was made popular by Marvin Gaye in 1968. It is still stylish and full of fun for any combination of voices. Young men will love the chance to bring this classic to life.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight arr. Roger Emerson, TB with piano, optional djembe & shaker
Here is one of the most popular “Doo-wop” songs ever. This arrangement features percussion parts for djembe and shaker, a simple piano part and ranges that are perfect for young singers. The “call and response” form allows for easy learning. Every parent in the audience will know the tune, making it lots of fun for them to join in if they want.

Contact us for more recommendations, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

From the Silver Screen: For Community Band 05 June, 2019

leon-532126recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Highlights from A Star Is Born arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the latest movie version of “A Star Is Born” brings this poignant story to life with dramatic and moving new songs. Includes: “Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “I’ll Never Love Again,” “Maybe It’s Time,” and “Is That Alright?”

A Star Is Born (Medley) arr. Michael Story, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Embracing the most recent epic remake of the musical romantic drama, this medley seamlessly weaves three iconic and compelling yet diverse melodies, including “Black Eyes,” “Look What I Found,” and “Shallow.” Performed by Lady Gaga and actor/director Bradley Cooper, you will bring the musical passion of this blockbuster film score to your concert stage.

Shallow (from A Star Is Born) arr. Paul Murtha, for Grade 2 Concert Band
From the movie “A Star Is Born,” here is an easy arrangement of the breakout hit by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Using a nice variety of scoring textures this arrangement starts gently with a flute solo on the melody, followed by the horns and saxes, a brief trumpet solo, and finally the entire ensemble. Beautifully done for young players.

alfred-47413-fI’ll Never Love Again (from A Star Is Born) arr. Michael Kamuf, for Grade 2 Concert Band
From the blockbuster movie “A Star Is Born” and performed by Lady Gaga, this remarkable power ballad has been given an expressive yet dramatic setting for young band. Optional piano, bass, and drum set parts will add varying and authentic textures. Destined to become a favorite selection for students and audiences alike.

Selections from The Incredibles 2 arr. Paul Murtha, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Featuring familiar themes from the original “Incredibles” movie along with entertaining new themes, this is a terrific sounding medley filled with high energy and a jazzy flavor.

At the Movies: The Musicals arr. Justin Williams, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Musicals and movies are a match made in heaven! “Mamma Mia,” “La La Land,” and “Chicago” are three timeless masterpieces of this immensely popular genre. Incorporating “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia” and “Sebastian’s Theme,” and “Overture/And All That Jazz,” this great medley provides a memorable and exciting journey into the wonderland of movie musicals.

leon-04005291-fPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Soundtrack Highlights) arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
From the 2017 installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, the soundtrack by Geoff Zanelli features powerful themes that effectively capture the emotions of the film. Here’s a well-paced and dramatic medley for the concert stage.

Singin’ in the Rain arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
Gene Kelly’s performance of this song in the 1952 movie of the same name has become an iconic favorite through the years. Here is a fabulous setting for concert band inspired by this classic version.

Black Panther (Soundtrack Highlights) arr. Michael Brown, for Grade 3 Concert Band
From the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” comes an equally powerful score by Ludwig Goransson. This dynamic medley for band features important themes including “Ancestral Plane,” “Waterfall Fight,” “Killmonger,” and “United Nations/End Titles.”

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

COMING SOON: Excellence in Choral Literature 2019 04 June, 2019

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 26th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/24/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, James E. Strouse Workshop Hall, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

For Summer Worship: Choral & Vocal 03 June, 2019

1 handbell.qxdrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

VOCAL SOLOS & DUETS
The Essential Collection for the Church Soloist Vol. 2
This collection of 50 vocal solos includes top-selling settings from Mary McDonald, Lloyd Larson, Jack Schrader, Larry Shackley, Natalie Sleeth, Jay Althouse, Hal Hopson, Joel Raney, Mark Hayes, and Jane Holstein. Build your library further with Volume 1 as well!

Essential Vocal Duets Vol. 4
Here are eight vocal duets of top-sellers from the Hope catalog, each arranged for two medium voices. Available alone or in a book/CD combo with accompaniment tracks useful for rehearsal and performance. Don’t miss the previous volumes: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3.

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Easy Settings 6 for SAB choir
Here is the 6th volume in a successful series of accessible voicings of contemporary top-sellers. All of these titles are proven winners set for SAB voices. There are selections for Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Pentecost, and general occasions throughout the year.

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 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 at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

For College Jazz Ensemble 31 May, 2019

alfred-38712-frecommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Chelsea Bridge arr. Walter Van De Leur, Grade 5
This is an edited transcription of the authentic composition and arrangement by Billy Strayhorn himself. Recorded by Duke Ellington, the suggested tempo is a medium swing around 96 BPM. Features include a tenor 2 melody bridge solo, a sax section soli and a trombone 3 melody solo. Tenor 1 has a clarinet double and the lead trumpet range is to written high C above the staff.

Amoroso by Benny Carter, Grade 4
As recorded by Count Basie on the Roulette LP (Vogue CD) The Legend, this is an up-tempo Latin and swing chart. Solo space is provided for tenor sax, trumpet, and drums. There is an open solo for your drummer and Latin instrument players (if you have them). The tune moves beautifully from Latin to swing and back again. Classic Basie!

alfred-jlcm05005-fBraggin’ in Brass by Duke Ellington, Grade 6
This 1938 masterpiece contains a difficult trumpet soli and a nearly impossible trombone soli. Along with two trumpet solos and a trombone solo at breakneck speed, Ellington was surely “Braggin’ In Brass” when he recorded it. To be sure, there is no more spectacular three minutes in Ellington’s entire repertoire and certainly no piece that is more about sheer fun.

Be Bop Charlie by Bob Florence, Grade 5+
Swinger featuring some of the finest ensemble writing for big band. Alto 1 doubles on soprano sax. Fast swing that explodes right out of the gate. Killer sax soli and big band punches highlight this exciting chart.

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

alfred-36068-fHowdiz Songo? by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 5.5
A phenomenal Latin songo groove! The chart has auxiliary percussion, soprano lead with optional alto 1 part, and a hip piano montuno. Lead trumpet range is to written double A. Solo space for all saxes, trumpet, and trombone. As recorded by Gordon Goodwin.

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

JAY ROUSE: Coming to Stanton’s This Summer! 29 May, 2019

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Jay Rouse for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 10, 2019.

Jay Rouse is one of the premier choral arrangers in Christian music. He has over 350 compositions and arrangements published, including over 30 major sacred choral works, 50 best‑selling a cappella C018146.jpgarrangements, a highly recognized hymn series for choir or piano and solo instrument entitled Piano Plus, and a number of best‑selling solo piano books and recordings. Mr. Rouse is a Dove Award winning producer and has logged many hours on the road traveling in the music ministry. He spent over ten years as musical director and accompanist for Sandi Patty.

In addition to his work as a keyboard artist, composer, and arranger he has been the primary producer and conductor for all of the choral and instrumental publications from PraiseGathering Music Group and Gaither Music Company over the last two decades. Jay Rouse continues to make a major impact on music for the church musician across the nation. Along with his wife Amy and two children, Londyn and Thatcher, Jay resides in Anderson, Indiana.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. 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.

Tell Us You’re Coming!

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2019, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 8:30)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Jay Rouse
Saturday 8/10/2019, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: $5.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register at the door beginning at 1:30)
email our keyboard department for more details

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Composer Profile: Sarah Quartel 24 May, 2019

sarah quartelSarah Quartel is a Canadian composer and educator known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. She celebrates the musical potential of all learners by providing singers access to high quality repertoire and engaging music education. Sarah’s choral works are performed by children, youth, and adults throughout the world and her work as an educator connects exciting musical experiences with meaningful classroom learning. Sarah is an educator in Ontario, Canada and continues to work as a guest clinician at various music education and choral events internationally. She currently lives and writes in both Ontario and Hawaii.

The music of Sarah Quartel is available through Stanton’s from Oxford University Press. For more information about Sarah and her music, please visit her website.

Stanton’s Recommends:
Wide Open Spaces by Sarah Quartel, SATB with piano
Commissioned for the 2015 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, “Wide Open Spaces” reflects on the journeys and adventures to be found in the wide open spaces within ourselves and in the world around us. The uplifting melody is passed from the upper voices to the lower voices before the piece opens out into an expansive texture with rich harmonies. Quartel introduces a playful episode of scat singing before a resolute final chorus brings this evocative piece to a peaceful and serene close.

The Birds’ Lullaby by Sarah Quartel, SSAA a cappella
This a cappella setting of evocative words by E. Pauline Johnson is immediately appealing, with its playful, swinging syncopations and dancing scat accompaniment.

How Can I Keep from Singing? arr. Sarah Quartel, SATB a cappella
This lively reimagining of the traditional hymn is a thrilling a cappella arrangement which pairs the soaring legato melody with a rhythmic vocal accompaniment. Together, these elements capture both the gentle hope and the profound joy contained in the text. Also including moments of tenderness and reflection, the piece comes to a rousing close with an energy that engages singers and audience alike. Also available in a version for SSA unaccompanied.

Gershwin: Three Preludes for Piano 23 May, 2019

00285679-wlThis new edition of the Gershwin Three Preludes for Piano has been edited by Brendan Fox and Richard Walters. They studied the original edition which was published by New World/Harms Inc in 1927, and consulted manuscript sources at the Library of Congress and recordings of George Gershwin playing the Preludes. George Gershwin’s “Preludes” have been a beloved staple of American piano repertoire since they were first published in 1927. This newly engraved edition includes a preface about the history of the preludes, detailed notes about sources, and fingering.

For more information about this new edition or other Gershwin piano works, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

THE AVENGERS: for Marching Band 21 May, 2019

leon-03745700-frecommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jam to Jazz 17 May, 2019

leon-343021recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

C Jam Blues by Duke Ellington/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
Here is a creative new take on the Duke Ellington favorite set in a New Orleans street beat style. A piano introduction sets up the groove followed by a small group taking the initial statement of the theme. The rest of the ensemble enters with a counterline before the full ensemble launches the solo section, designed to feature any number of soloists. Unique and effective!

Chelsea Bridge arr. Walter Van de Leur, Grade 5
This is an edited transcription of the authentic composition and arrangement by Billy Strayhorn himself. Recorded by Duke Ellington, the suggested tempo is a medium swing around 96 BPM. Features include a tenor 2 melody bridge solo, a sax section soli and a trombone 3 melody solo. Tenor 1 has a clarinet double and the lead trumpet range is to written high C above the staff.

alfred-41168-fBetter Get It In Your Soul by Charles Mingus/arr. Ralph Ford, Grade 2
This gospel infused chart is a fantastic introduction to the music of jazz genius, Charles Mingus. Solid ensemble writing will inspire confidence in your players and the written solos can be a starting point to some basic jazz improvisation. The Mingus band is all about spontaneity so don’t be hesitant about possibly adding some group improvisation on some of the choruses.

Again and Again by Benny Carter, Grade 5
Even after Benny Carter wasn’t writing for Count Basie, many of the Basie-band charts after the 1950’s retain that Benny Carter sound. This demonstrates the influence Carter had over the subsequent Basie arrangers (Sammy Nestico, Quincy Jones, Billy Byers and Neal Hefti). The writing is straightforward with simple harmonies, swinging rhythms and very clear counterpoint. “Again and Again” has much of the style of an alto feature that Quincy Jones might have written for Marshall Royal. Although Carter gives the pianist two little solo spots, the focus is on the lead alto. The backgrounds are spare and dry so it is incumbent upon the soloist to supply the warmth and personality to tell this gentle story. Vibrato, scoops, bends, turns, and other devices can be used to bring this simple line to life.

alfred-33364-fRecorda Me by Joe Henderson/arr. Eric Richards, Grade 5
A show-stopping Latin tune! This is Latin jazz at its best with excitement from the very first note! It has it all with sax solis, a melody line featuring tenor sax and trumpet and plenty of solo space. The lead trumpet range is to a written high D and a there are a few drum solos. This is a fantastic Eric Richards arrangement of a great tune by tenor sax legend, Joe Henderson.

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