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Composer Robert Rumbelow creates and out-of-this-world experience in your concert hall. Slow melodies rise from the depths to the heavens above through the sparkling woodwind and percussion tapestries. No one ever forgets the first time they see the Northern Lights, and your band will never forget playing Aurora Borealis! Click in the Audio box on the right to listen to a full-length recording of Aurora Borealis !
William Himes captures authentic Japanese style and cultural influences in this contest/festival march. An optional percussion feature captures the style of traditional Japanese taeko drumming.
Instruments: Percussion, Drums
An inventive composition that is based on the Greek mythology of the phoenix. a beautiful bird said to live 500 years by burning itself, rising from its ashes as a young bird, then living the cycle over again. This sweet, bold and reflective piece portrays a phoenix and its cycle of life with the use of ascending and descending melodic lines. The well-written percussion part, with emphasis on the Gong, appropriately symbolizes the captivating transformation. The six-measure coda states one final ascending line symbolizing the newly risen phoenix. Audiences and students will be moved!
Chief Blackhawk, leader of the Sauk and Fox tribes in the American Midwest, fought to save the land of his ancestors and his heritage. The Drums of Blackhawk depict The Drums of Peace, The Drums of Celebration, and The Drums of War. Blackhawk's proud and brave spirit lives on through Jared Spears's masterwork.
Instruments: Drums, Oud, Percussion, Folk
Based on the hymn tune Eternal Father, Strong to Save, this exuberant set of variations utilizes numerous and exciting percussion instruments and even optional hand bells! Includes descriptions of the exotic percussion instruments used and suitable substitutions.
Instruments: Percussion, Bells
Costa Del Sol is a composition that uses elements from Latin American music to describe a sunny, Mexican coastline. With exciting and fun percussion parts, this piece reinforces the concepts of 9th notes using minimal pitch changes. Costa del Sol is correlated with Standard of Excellence Book 1, page 18.
Add Latin spice to your next concert! With its strong Latin feel and repeated articulation patterns, students will receive lots of practice on syncopated rhythms. The percussion section comes alive with the use of bongos, congas, cowbell and claves! Fiesta Sunrise is correlated with Standard of Excellence Book 2, page 20.
A Fallen Leaf stems from an event in the composer's life when he witnessed the one single leaf that had stayed on a tree all winter only to be torn off in the season's final snowstorm. Boysen's expert writing for the percussion section sets the foundation for this tragic work. A depiction of the will to survive is juxtaposed with the individual struggles, often unsuccessful, that occur in all our lives.
A dazzling overture that will conjure up images of pomp and pride! This composition is written in a traditional ternary form including vibrant tutti sections featuring the percussion, legato themes, colorful harmonies and rhythmic augmentation. Using only eleven notes this overture gives students confidence at an early start and will add a touch of class to any concert.
Using only seven notes, this high-spirited march is an exceptional opener for a first concert! Various rhythmic patterns are employed throughout, with the percussion providing exciting contrasts in a rhythmic counterpoint. Following an energetic rhythmical interlude featuring the percussion section, the woodwinds and brass join in for a jubilant finish. The legend of King Arthur continues in this exciting new march for young bands!
Instruments: Percussion, Woodwinds, Brass
Written with rich melodies, solid chord structure and interesting percussion parts, this original overture will captivate both players and audience. Originally written as a festival piece for the composer's local middle school, it also has worked remarkably well for honor bands. Not only it is fun to play, but it is also a wonderful teaching piece.
This dashing work in one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's more frequently heard German Dances (K. 605, No. 3), which he specifically titled The Sleigh Ride. The composition was originally written during the last year of Mozart's life in 1791. That year was one of his more productive years, composing other well known masterpieces such as The Magic Flute, Piano Concerto in B-Flat Major, The Concerto for Clarinet, and his very last composition, the Requiem which he finished only twelve of the fifteen sections before his death. German Dance captures the wonderful melodies, lively rhythms, and ingenious colors of Mozart's style. This is a charming arrangement with three separate bell parts bringing forth the festive sound of ringing sleigh bells. Arranged to re-create classical scoring, this joyful programmatic piece will be a favorite with young musicians and audiences alike.
Instruments: Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Other, Bells, Piano and Keyboard, Woodwinds, Percussion
This arrangement features three of the movements from Handel's masterwork - Overture (movement I), Rejouissance (movement II) and Menuet (Movement VI). Originally scored for 24 oboes, 13 bassoons, 9 trumpets and 3 timpani, this remarkable arrangement provides an extraordinary opportunity for young players and audiences to learn about the brilliance and majesty of the Baroque era and the English Royalty.
Instruments: Choir, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Bass Guitar, Timpani, Vocal, Woodwinds, Brass, Guitar, Percussion
Jingle Bells March was composed for the Atlantic Wind Symphony to be performed at their annual December holiday concert. It was designed to be played by ensembles ranging from advanced junior high through college levels. The compositional nature of this piece allows for a versatility it placing in anywhere within the program or as an encore. A delightfully spirited march, perfect for any holiday concert! Guaranteed to charm your audience this holiday season!
Instruments: Bells, Percussion
The regal selection is based on the William Byrd song, The Earle of Oxford's Marche. Dating from the late 1500s, this stately work is the perfect opportunity to incorporate interdisciplinary studies about Renaissance court life to your classroom. Use the supplementary teaching materials on the Renaissance provided on page 28 of the score. COURT FESTIVAL also has two snare drum parts, one correlated with Book 1, page 24 of the STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE COMPREHENSIVE BAND METHOD, the other more advanced.
Instruments: Choir, Snare Drum, Other, Vocal, Drums, Percussion
RIVER'S BEND MARCH is an exciting concert or festival piece for first year bands. Opening with a percussion interlude followed by melodic material in all instrument parts, this work gives each player the chance to shine. Two snare drum parts are featured, one correlated with page 13 of Book 1, the other more advanced. Its early correlation point will allow you to perform this work in the time for your spring concerts.
Instruments: Percussion, Snare Drum, Other, Drums
STANLEY RIVER OVERTURE is an energetic work named after the Stanley River Basin in the Brisbane are of Queensland, Australia where the composer lives. The tuneful grade 1 + composition opens with the trumpets playing a march-like melody followed by a contrasting slow lyrical section and completed with the recurrence of the beginning melodic material. it also includes two snare drum parts, one correlated with page 29 of book 1, and one more advanced.
Instruments: Trumpet, Snare Drum, Brass, Drums, Percussion
AFRICAN FESTIVAL is a colorful work with a singable melody and idiomatic percussion writing that brings to life the African folk song, Siyahamba, on which the piece is based. Performing this work provides and excellent opportunity to incorporate multicultural studies into your curriculum. All students, but particularly the percussion section, will love the distinctive sounds and interesting parts in this grade 1 + concert band feature.
Instruments: Percussion, Folk
Grand March: The Australian Land Celebrates The Beauty And Grandeur Of The Australian Landscape Through Series Of Melodic Ideas Which The Composer Ultimately Combines At The Conclusion Of The Work To Create A Truly Grand Finale. GRAND MARCH includes two snare drum parts, one correlated with page 22, and one more advanced. On the recording, you hear the part correlated with page 22.
Instruments: Snare Drum, Drums, Percussion
Regal March Is A Majestic Work for the Beginning Bands. Simple Rhythms and Extensive Cross-Cueing Combine with Only nine Notes to Make This Piece Accessible to Every Member of the Band. As with all STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE IN CONCERT selections, an optional, easy-to-play rehearsal piano part is included. REGAL MARCH also includes two snare drum parts, one correlated with page 18, and one more advanced. On the recording, you will hear the part correlated with page 18.
Instruments: Piano, Snare Drum, Piano and Keyboard, Drums, Percussion
El Coqui Is A Setting of the Puerto Rico Folk Song of the Same Name. The Coqui Is A Small Tree Frog Unique to Puerto Rico and is A Symbol of This Beautiful Island Nation Located in the Caribbean Sea. This Arrangement Features Simple Counterpoint, Idiomatic Percussion Sounds, And Statements Of The Melody In A Variety Of Colorful Textures. The verse of the folk song begins at measure 3, with the frog singing a soft lullaby. The lullaby culminates in the chorus, beginning at measure 19; here the frog sings its famous nightly call, Coquf, Coquf! Use EL COQUI to expand the multicultural and interdisciplinary horizons of students as you simultaneously develop their performance skills.
Instruments: Percussion, Folk
Latin Fantasy features a jazz-inspired flute solo inspired by the ground-breaking concert band works of Frank Bencriscutto. Written in ternary form, its high-spirited outer sections bookend an alluring 3/4 ballad. Every player in the band will be in the pocket, and parts for electric bass, drum set, and a host of percussion solidify the groove. The solo flute part is highly accessible with lots of room for personal expression, though no improvisation is required. A great choice to liven up any concert!
Instruments: Flute, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Drum Set, Woodwinds, Guitar
Song of Tosagata is a skillfully crafted arrangement of an authentic ballad from Northern Japan. Filled with multicultural and inter- disciplinary enrichment possibilities, this delicate and mysterious work features timbres And textures reminiscent of the classic Japanese instrumental trio comprised of the Shakuhachi, Samisen, And Koto.Adding to the arrangement's uniqueness and authentic flavor are optional parts for autoharp (also playable on synthesizer) and template bells, playable on a student-made version of the traditional instrument.
Instruments: Harp, Bells, Strings, Percussion
A Santa Cecilia is an Italian march originally published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company in 1951. The piece was written for St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. This new version retains the characteristic harmonies and style of the original march. Percussion parts are edited with considerations given to modern march rudimental drumming. Rescoring of the entire march adds new interest while keeping parts in a comfortable range. The march features a lyrical opening phrase which should be played with a legato tongue. At the trio beginning in measure 58, the sound of clarinets in thier chalumeau register should blend in with horns and euphoniums for a warm, balanced sound. Flutes are optional on the piccolo solo/soli starting in the pick-up to measure 58 second time through. Ideally, this section should feature one or more piccolos with the flute section entering both times as measure 74. Percussions should be light and soft at measure 74 first time through. In this section, you may wish to eliminate the field drum and simply use a concert snare drum. The entire band should play the final section beginiing at measure 74 second time through as indicated-bodly and accented. Eight notes should be played heavier and slightly longer in this final statement with a slight broadening of the tempo for a characteristic ending.
Instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Percussion, Snare Drum, Woodwinds, Brass, Drums