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Your Name (Last, First)Title of pieceComposerArrangerPublisherYear published:Grade LevelWhen and with what level of student would you use this piece? Which genre(s) would best describe this piece?Would you consider this piece appropriate for festival performance?Optional: What are some elements that make this a good piece for teaching musical concepts?Optional: What are some of the limitations of this piece to consider? Optional: Why do you feel this piece should be placed on the OBDA Middle School Recommended Literature List?Optional: How did you first hear about this piece?Optional: How many years have you been teaching band? Optional: Is the composer of this piece part of an underrepresented population?
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Plank, CynthiaGettysburg- A Civil War PortraitBalmages, BrianFJH20020.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Excellent melodies, develops part independence, percussion feature
3/4 time, spit trumpet and clarinet partsIt's fun, kids love it, cross curricular_ American HistoryReading Session16-20
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Burton, MandyMidnight MissionBalmages, BrianFJH20050.5
1st Year Players - Early in the year, 1st Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticMaybeEngaging low brass part, Complex articulations5-6 percussionistsIndependence of parts, articulations (staccato)Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Arthur, LauraAunt Rhodie's AppetiteCompello, Joseph
Carl Fischer
20050.5
1st Year Players - Early in the year
NoveltyNo6 notesGreat collection of beginning band songs set to a funny script. A great way to get admin or other staff involved in your beginners first concert. Reading Session11-15
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Burton, GeneAunt Rhodie's DietCompello, Joseph
Carl Fischer
20090.5
1st Year Players - Early in the year
Programmatic, NoveltyNo
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Arthur, LauraPopcorn PreludeHannickel, Mike
Hal Leonard
20040.5
1st Year Players - Early in the year
NoveltyNoRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos6 notesA cute and engaging piece for a first concert. Students stand up in solis like "popcorn". Teaches listening to others, call and response, soli, etc. Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Ogren, DanEight Chorales for Elementary BandHilliard, QuincyFJH20040.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year
ChoralesNoTone DevelopmentRetired
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Arthur, LauraGentle WindsLoest, TimothyFJH20090.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYesStylistic challengesNice harmonies, safe doubling, 3/4. Kids love this lyrical setting! Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Arthur, LauraStormchasingOwens, WilliamFJH20160.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year
Programmatic, NoveltyNoStylistic challenges, Complex articulationsNo 8th notes, 8 notes. Lots of fun storm-based percussionReading Session11-15
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Burton, MandyFuriosoSmith, Robert W.Alfred20010.5
1st Year Players - Early in the year, 1st Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticMaybe
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges
Need 6-7 percussionistsEditors Choice list11-15
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Plank, CynthiaLet's RockSweeney, Michael
Hal Leonard
0.5
1st Year Players - Early in the year
Pop, Rock tuneMaybe
Engaging low brass part, Great as a first performance piece, great for teaching counting
Reading Session
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Plank, CynthiaCardiff CastleWilliams, MarkAlfred20000.5
1st Year Players - Early in the year
MarchYesParallel minor to B-flatBalance issuesIt is one of the best motivators for 6th grade band ever!Reading Session
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Burton, MandyColliding VisionsBalmages, BrianFJH20101
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYesGreat percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges5 or 6 percussionsContrasting sections, 3/4 timeColleague Recommendation11-15
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Burton, MandyColliding Visions - FLEX BandBalmages, BrianFJH20101
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYesEngaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesIt has contrasting styles and a great challenge for the lower grade levelEditors Choice list11-15
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Nelson, AndyCloud DancingClark, Larry
Carl Fischer
20161
1st Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges
lyrical melodies, just enough rhythmic variation for this levelColleague Recommendation26-30
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Freshner, TravisDeclaration and DanceClark, Larry
Carl Fischer
19961
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYes
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Arthur, LauraDark AdventureFord, RalphAlfred20011
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" piece, Programmatic
No
Exposed playing/lots of solos, Lots of accidentals for younger students (concert f# and Bnatural)
Independent bass clarinet and tuba parts (not doubled with trombone/baritone part)
Kids love it. Heard it at a festival or performance11-15
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Burton, GeneHocus PocusFoster, Robert
Wingert-Jones
20121
1st Year Players - Early in the year, 1st Year Players - Later in the year
Programmatic, NoveltyMaybe
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Burton, MandyAt TwilightGrant, TylerFJH20141
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
LyricalYesStylistic challengesModest ranges, allows for work on phrasing and toneEditors Choice list11-15
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Burton, MandyDragon SlayerGrice, RobertFJH20041
1st Year Players - Early in the year
ProgrammaticNo
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations
Uses just first few notes, experiments with articulations, doubling for safety...Editors Choice list11-15
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Freshner, TravisAlpha SquadronHillis, GregAlfred20031
1st Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticYes
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Arthur, LauraPrehistoric SuiteJennings, Paul
Hal Leonard
19871
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Programmatic, Novelty, Multi-movement
NoGreat percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges
Strong flutes needed in the slow movement, all clarinets under the break, 1st trumpets to 4th-line D
Dinosaurs! Each movement is very different and it's a great introduction to playing a suite. Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Arthur, LauraChorale and Mystic ChantLoest, TimothyFJH20041
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceNoEngaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesGreat percussion, fun parts for all instruments. A really nice chorale section at the beginning. Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Freshner, TravisChorale Elega'nt
Lucas, Elena Roussanova
Belwin20061
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
LyricalYes
Listening to every goddamn demo cd that comes across my desk
11-15
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Nelson, AndyThose Fabulous FlutesMcGinty, Anne
Queenwood
19891
1st Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" pieceNoExposed playing/lots of solos, fun, a few accidentals, features the flutesflute solisEngaging piece, flute featureFound it in my library26-30
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Arthur, LauraCeltic Air and DanceNone
Sweeney, Michael
Hal Leonard
20071
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" piece, LyricalYesStylistic challenges, Lyrical Need strong flutes for the "dance" sectionBeautiful arranging. This one has "The Parting Glass" and "Tha Mi Sgith (A Fairy's Love Song)". Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Plank, CynthiaWade in the WaterNone
Sweeney, Michael
Hal Leonard
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1st Year Players - Early in the year, 1st Year Players - Later in the year
Cultural, Gospel RockYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, a tiny little fugue section
Will develop your flutes and trombones, students must count and learn to balance to the melody.
Multicultural, rhythmic, lyrical, historicalReading Session
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Hall, JaimieAyre and DancePearson, BruceKjos19971
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYes26-30
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Burton, MandyMorning MistSheldon, RobertFJH20121
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
LyricalYesStylistic challengesWritten in 3/4, concert E-flat, syncopationReading Session11-15
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Burton, MandyApollo FanfareSmith, Robert W.NoneAlfred20021
1st Year Players - Later in the year
FanfareMaybeRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Stylistic challengesTimpani part is very important, independent low brass playingIt's both challenging and appropriate for first year players, while making them sound more advanced/accomplished than the piece really demandsFound it in my library11-15
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Burton, GeneArmoryStandridge, Randall D.
Grand Mesa
20151
1st Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticMaybe
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Based on minor/phrygian modes
good percussionFun to play/sounds like video game musicEditors Choice listRetired
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Burton, GeneComet RideBalmages, BrianFJH20061.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticMaybeRetired
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Burton, MandyHaunted ClocksBalmages, BrianFJH20141.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
ProgrammaticNoGreat percussion, Engaging low brass partVery simple, yet interestingFound it in my library11-15
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Arthur, LauraKilaueaBalmages, BrianFJH20051.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
ProgrammaticNo
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges
Exciting. Subtitle is “The Volcano’s Fury”. Great for teaching dotted quarter notes. Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Burton, GeneMajesticaBalmages, BrianFJH20061.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
FanfareYes
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Freshner, TravisThrough the MistBalmages, BrianFJH20091.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYesI listen to ungodly amounts of band music11-15
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Nelson, AndyWhispering WindsBalmages, BrianFJH20031.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year
Lyrical, ProgrammaticYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Stylistic challenges
Challenging, interesting, beautiful, differentColleague Recommendation26-30
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Freshner, TravisTheme and VariationsBroege, Timothy
Manhattan Beach
19951.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Theme and VariationsYes
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Gilman, Matt
Train Heading West (and Other Outdoor Scenes)
Broege, Timothy
Manhattan Beach
19981.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticYesGreat percussion, Stylistic challengesReading Session21-25
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Arthur, LauraEngines of ResistanceClark, LarryBelwin19961.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" piece, Programmatic
MaybeStylistic challenges, Complex articulationsFast, engaging, fun and challenging technical linesColleague Recommendation11-15
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Freshner, TravisAdagio for WindsDaehn, LarryDaehn1.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYes11-15
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Burton, GeneVoodoo DanceDel Borgo, ElliottBelwin19991.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
ProgrammaticMaybe
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Freshner, TravisGreatest Generation, TheEdmondson, John
Queenwood
1.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
MarchYesEngaging low brass partEditors Choice list11-15
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Freshner, TravisAyrshire PortraitFolk
Story, Michael
Belwin20011.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYes
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Freshner, TravisChampionsGazlay, GaryKjos1.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYes
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Arthur, LauraMarch to Castle RockHodges, SteveAlfred19981.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the year
MarchYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Stylistic challenges
Trombone range (C's and D's above staff), few percussion (traditional march instrumentation)
Great way to teach the dotted-eighth-sixteenth in a march style. Minor march with a minor trio. Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Arthur, LauraRogue River VentureHodges, SteveAlfred19991.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Engaging low brass partGreat music about Oregon. Editors Choice list11-15
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Freshner, TravisDecember SkyMorales, ErikFJH20051.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYes
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Arthur, LauraCeltic Air and Dance No. 2None
Sweeney, Michael
Hal Leonard
20081.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" piece, LyricalYes
Exposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Stylistic challenges, Cultural
Clarinet soli at the beginning. Clarinet 1 goes up to A above the staff (hence 1.5 instead of 1).
A beautiful setting of "Danny Boy" for young players. Dance section is "Star of the County Down". Editors Choice list11-15
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Burton, GeneEclipsysO'Loughlin, Sean
Carl Fischer
20031.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticYesStylistic challenges
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Burton, MandyIroncladO'Loughlin, Sean
Carl Fischer
20111.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
ProgrammaticYesGreat percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesDeceptively easy! JW Pepper11-15
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Hall, JaimieHarbingerSheldon, RobertAlfred20151.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" piece, Programmatic
Yes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations
Need at least five percussion, optional piano partLots of syncopation, contrasting sections, engaging percussion partsEditors Choice list26-30
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Burton, MandySkygazer FanfareStandridge, Randall D.Alfred20151.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
FanfareYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations
Need 7 percussionistsSyncopated rhythms, layered percussionFound it in my library11-15
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Arthur, LauraStorm Mountain JubileeStrommen, CarlAlfred20041.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" piece, Programmatic
NoCut time, Technical passages, It works at many different speeds.
B naturals in all clarinet parts, but it's done in an accessible way. Very few percussion parts (snare, bass, woodblock/triangle, mallets)
Fast, fun, engaging, challenging for woodwinds. Heard it at a festival or performance11-15
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Freshner, TravisProcession for a New DaySwearingen, JamesFJH1.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYesI never program Swearingen's schlock....but this one is fantastic.I listen to ungodly amounts of band music11-15
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Arthur, LauraAncient VoicesSweeney, Michael
Hal Leonard
19941.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticYesExposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Stylistic challenges
Flute solo, exposed percussion, two measures of singing, looks easier than it actually is.
Very programmatic with a slow beginning and energetic end. All students are "percussionists" with pencils on stands. New tonalities for all students. Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Plank, CynthiaDiamond Joe's Riviera ClubWeirich, David
Grand Mesa
1.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Intro to swing for the full bandMaybe
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations, Intro to swing for full band
low brass parts are a little high, but very melodicYoung concert band students need to be exposed to swing style and this piece has great parts for all sections. Also a great tom solo.Editors Choice list16-20
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Arrayan, DanAndromeda OvertureWilliams, MarkAlfred19921.5
2nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" piece, LyricalYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations
trumpet solo
It is interesting and fum to play. There are challenges all around but students are up for the challenge and can demonstrate, tempo/key changes, stylistic changes and different rhythms throughout.
Reading Session26-30
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Plank, CynthiaMallet ManiacsWilliams, MarkAlfred20031.5
1st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the year
NoveltyYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Mallet recruitment, dotted quarter note, split parts for clarinet, alto, trumpet
Clarinet One over the break, Trumpet One to fourth line D, key change
It's great for getting students to love mallet parts, and is super fun for low brass.Colleague Recommendation16-20
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Freshner, TravisBartok: Folk TrilogyBartok, Bela
McGinty, Anne
Queenwood
19922
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
FolkYes
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Freshner, TravisDancing KitesBernotas, ChrisAlfred20152
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year
LyricalYes
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Burch-Pesses, Michael
Down a Country LaneCopland, Aaron
Patterson, Merlin
Boosey & Hawkes
19912
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Lyrical, ProgrammaticYesAdvanced key signature(s), Expression, intonationNo percussion requiredAaron Copland for young bandHeard it at a festival or performance30+
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Freshner, TravisDance EpisodesCurnow, James
Curnow Music Press
2
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYes
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Ogren, DanCrystal City OvertureEdmundson, JohnBarnhouse19862
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYesAll Bands Love it.Retired
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Hall, JaimieAir For BandErickson, FrankBourne19562
3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYes26-30
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Freshner, TravisBalladairErickson, FrankBourne2
3rd Year Players - Early in the year
LyricalYes
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Freshner, TravisPrelude and MarchFrackenpohl, Arthur
Shawnee Press
2
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Multi-movementYes
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Freshner, TravisWagon TrailGiroux, Julie
Musica Propria
2
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year
ProgrammaticYes
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Freshner, TravisJana's DanceGorham, David
Wingert-Jones
20062
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYes
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Burton, MandyHorkstow GrangeGrainger, Percy
Sweeney, Michael
Hal Leonard
20082
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year
LyricalYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Stylistic challenges, Mixed meter, rubato
Great horns are helpful; trumpet soloIt's a way to expose young musicians to the standards, it's challenging in the mixed meter/rhythms, and allows an opportunity for rubato and expressive playingReading Session11-15
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Freshner, NoelleKentucky 1800Grundman, Clare
Boosey & Hawkes
19552
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" piece, Cultural
YesExposed playing/lots of solos, Stylistic challenges, Lush Harmonies Performed as a student 11-15
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Plank, CynthiaSerengeti, an African RhapsodyHiggins, John
Hal Leonard
19892
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Programmatic, CulturalYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations, Time signature changes, African themes
Great low register flute parts, well-written and authentic-sounding percussion
Multicultural exposure, excellent writing for all sectionsReading Session
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Ogren, DanCreedHimesKjos19882
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYesBand sounds more mature than they are.Retired
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Ogren, DanDevil DanceKinyon, JohnAlfred19852
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYesCompound meter (6/8, 12/8)Retired
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Arthur, LauraMonterey MarchLa Plante, PierreBourne2
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
MarchYesEngaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesGreat minor march! Approachable and fun in all section. Found it in my library11-15
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Freshner, Noelle Nordic SketchesLa Plante, Pierre
Daehn Publications
19952
3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Cultural, Multi-movementYesStylistic challenges, Complex articulationsColleague Recommendation11-15
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Freshner, NoelleThe Cave You FearMarkowski, Michael
Michael Markowski
2
3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Programmatic, NoveltyYes
Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations, Extended techniques
Minimum 6 percussionistsHeard it at a festival or performance11-15
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Burton, GeneHuron TrailO'Loughlin, Sean
Carl Fischer
20092
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Programmatic, CulturalYes
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Burton, GeneExcelsior!Owens, WilliamFJH20082
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
MarchYesGreat first march for young bandsIt's a great march! Performed it with my bandsRetired
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Burton, MandyAs Tears Fall On Dawn's New LightSaucedo, Richard L.None
Hal Leonard
20132
2nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYesEngaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesStrong woodwinds for introduction and closingBeautiful lyrical piece to explore musicalityHeard it at a festival or performance11-15
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Arthur, LauraRites of TamburoSmith, Robert W.Belwin19992
2nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticNo
Great percussion, Challenging woodwinds, Stylistic challenges, Exposed playing
Horn solo, but cued in the alto sax partFast, fun, and energetic. Brass parts are very simple. Tons of percussionColleague Recommendation11-15
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Kiesling, CodyDarklands MarchStandridge, Randall
Grand Mesa
2
3rd Year Players - Later in the year
MarchYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Advanced key signature(s), Complex articulations
Strong brass, trombone and tubaIt’s fun, challenging, and a great piece to teach dotted 8th 16th rhythms. Colleague Recommendation1-3
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Freshner, TravisFanfare for a New AgeStory, MichaelBelwin20052
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYes
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Plank, CynthiaJohn Williams: Movie AdventuresSweeney, Michael
Hal Leonard
19992
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Programmatic, PopMaybe
Compound meter (6/8, 12/8), Cut time, Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Complex articulations
Great melodies, all sections get good parts. Star Wars Main Theme; Duel of the Fates (from "The Phantom Menace"); Jurassic Park and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.Editors Choice list
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Ogren, Dan
Where the Sun Breaks Through the Mist
Sweeney, Michael
Hal Leonard
20062
2nd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYesCompound meter (6/8), 12/8), Band sounds more mature than it is.Retired
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Burton, MandyJoyTicheli, FrankNone
Manhattan Beach
20052
2nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the year
Overture, ProgrammaticYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Stylistic challenges, Just great music!!
Have to have good trumpetsIt's challenging, but accessible, and a fun companion piece to Joy Revisited. A lot of movement throughout the band. Found it in my library11-15
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Hall, JaimieSt. Petersburg MarchVinson, Johnnie
Hal Leonard
20052
2nd Year Players - Later in the year
MarchYes26-30
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Freshner, NoelleThree Czech Folk SongsVinson, Johnnie
Hal Leonard
2
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Cultural, Multi-movementYesColleague Recommendation11-15
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Hall, JaimieAnnabel LeeWagner, DouglasBelwin20132
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYes26-30
91
Hall, JaimieGreenwillow PortraitWilliams, MarkAlfred19882
3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYes26-30
92
Rouse, KevinBlue Ridge ReelBalmages, BrianFJH20132.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year
NoveltyMaybeGreat percussion, Complex articulationsIt gets the entire ensemble involved. The students love playing it. Great opportunity to work a 2 feel.Played it with my group.16-20
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Arthur, LauraMoscow, 1941Balmages, BrianFJH20062.5
3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" piece, Programmatic, Cultural
Yes
Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges. Not rhythmically hard.
Lots of percussion needed. Kids love to play it, it teaches great music, historical perspectives. Colleague Recommendation11-15
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Hall, JaimieNormandy Beach Edmondson, John
Hal Leonard
19822.5
3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
MarchYes26-30
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Burton, MandyHomeward BoundKarrick, BrantNoneAlfred20092.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year
LyricalYesEngaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesclassic lyrical piece, can be combined with the choral settingColleague Recommendation11-15
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Freshner, TravisA Little French SuiteLa Plante, PierreBourne2.5
3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Multi-movementYes
97
McBride, AnnPop CultureNone
Sheldon, Robert
Alfred2.5
3rd Year Players - Later in the year
PopNoExposed playing/lots of solos
Solos for every section in the band - including oboe and bassoon. They are cued in other parts
It's a great, fun piece for an end of the year pop's concert. James Bond Theme, The Magnificent Seven, Flintstones, The Pink Panther, Peter Gunn, Hey Baby, Scooby Doo, Wipe Out and The Stars and Stripes Forever.
Colleague Recommendation21-25
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Arrayan, DanCredoOwens, WilliamFJH20132.5
3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticYes
Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges
flute solo, 1st alto solo, trumpet soloIt can show off the abilities of a good middle school band. The tempo changes are challenging yet doable.Reading Session26-30
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Hall, JaimieCelebration and SongSheldon, RobertAlfred20092.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year
Traditional "band" pieceYes26-30
100
Burton, GeneIn The Shining Of The StarsSheldon, RobertBarnhouse19962.5
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYes