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TimestampYour Name (Last, First)Multiple Rec'sTitle 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?
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1/18/2019 13:03:45Freshner, TravisA Little French SuiteLa Plante, PierreBourne2.53rd Year Players - Later in the yearMulti-movementYes
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1/24/2020 10:13:17McKee, ScottA Shaker Gift SongTicheli, FrankManhattan Beach20042.53rd Year Players - Early in the yearLyricalYesCompound meter (6/8, 12/8)Beautiful piece to work on phrasing, balance, blend, etc.Reading Session21-25
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5/4/2018 14:37:38Freshner, TravisAdagio for WindsDaehn, LarryDaehn1.52nd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYes11-15
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4/25/2018 9:28:47Hall, JaimieAir For BandErickson, FrankBourne195623rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYes26-30
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1/18/2019 12:59:08Freshner, TravisAlpha SquadronHillis, GregAlfred200311st Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticYes
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1/18/2019 13:11:00Freshner, TravisAmerica VersesBroege, TimothyManhattan Beach199833rd Year Players - Later in the yearTheme and VariationsYes
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4/6/2018 7:38:23Arrayan, DanAndromeda OvertureWilliams, MarkAlfred19921.52nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "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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4/25/2018 9:06:12Hall, JaimieAnnabel LeeWagner, DouglasBelwin2
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
LyricalYes26-30
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4/4/2018 10:09:22Burton, MandyApollo FanfareSmith, Robert W.NoneAlfred200211st Year Players - Later in the yearFanfareMaybeRhythmic 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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5/16/2018 13:03:32Burton, GeneArmoryStandridge, Randall D.Grand Mesa201511st Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticMaybeRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Based on minor/phrygian modesgood percussionFun to play/sounds like video game musicEditors Choice listRetired
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4/4/2018 11:38:48Burton, MandyAs Tears Fall On Dawn's New LightSaucedo, Richard L.NoneHal Leonard201322nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYesEngaging 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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5/16/2018 9:20:13Burton, GeneAt Mornings First LightGillingham, David
C Allen/McClaren Publications
200433rd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYesCut timemallets, great horns,Great melody, well writtenHeard it at a festival or performanceRetired
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5/16/2018 8:57:22Burton, MandyLaTorre, MikeAt TwilightGrant, TylerFJH201411st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearLyricalYesStylistic challengesModest ranges, allows for work on phrasing and toneEditors Choice list11-15
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12/10/2018 8:41:35Arthur, LauraAunt Rhodie's AppetiteCompello, JosephCarl Fischer20050.51st Year Players - Early in the yearNoveltyNo6 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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5/16/2018 13:54:58Burton, GeneAunt Rhodie's DietCompello, JosephCarl Fischer20090.51st Year Players - Early in the yearProgrammatic, NoveltyNo
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4/25/2018 9:24:26Hall, JaimieAyre and DancePearson, BruceKjos199711st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes26-30
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1/18/2019 16:32:54Freshner, TravisAyrshire PortraitFolkStory, MichaelBelwin1.52nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYes
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1/18/2019 13:12:06Freshner, TravisBalladairErickson, FrankBourne23rd Year Players - Early in the yearLyricalYes
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1/18/2019 16:34:31Freshner, TravisBartok: Folk TrilogyBartok, BelaMcGinty, AnneQueenwood199222nd Year Players - Later in the yearFolkYes
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4/25/2018 8:52:00Hall, JaimieBe Thou My VisionClark, LarryCarl Fischer200733rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes26-30
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4/24/2018 8:44:43Burton, MandyBlue and Green MusicHazo, Samuel R. Hal Leonard201133rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYesAdvanced key signature(s), Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, rangesRange, minimum 7 percussionists including synth partIt's gorgeous. Great cross-curricular teaching, based on a famous painting. Editors Choice list11-15
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4/6/2018 7:42:00Arrayan, DanBuccaneer HornpipeSharp, ChrisFJH200733rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" piece, Lyrical, ProgrammaticYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Advanced key signature(s), Stylistic challenges, Complex articulationsnone19th century style for middle schoolReading Session26-30
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5/16/2018 13:34:38Burton, GeneBy Loch And MountainSmith, Robert W.Alfred33rd Year Players - Later in the yearLyrical, Programmatic, CulturalYes
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5/20/2018 21:57:27Plank, CynthiaCardiff CastleWilliams, MarkAlfred20000.51st Year Players - Early in the yearMarchYesParallel minor to B-flatBalance issuesIt is one of the best motivators for 6th grade band ever!Reading Session
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4/25/2018 8:50:21Hall, JaimieCelebration and SongSheldon, RobertAlfred20092.52nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes26-30
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5/8/2018 8:34:26Arthur, LauraCeltic Air and DanceNoneSweeney, MichaelHal Leonard200711st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "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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5/8/2018 8:37:21Arthur, LauraGilman, MattCeltic Air and Dance No. 2NoneSweeney, MichaelHal Leonard20081.52nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" piece, LyricalYesExposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Stylistic challenges, CulturalClarinet 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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1/18/2019 13:15:41Freshner, TravisChampionsGazlay, GaryKjos1.52nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes
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4/25/2018 12:04:19Arthur, LauraChorale and Mystic ChantLoest, TimothyFJH200411st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "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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1/18/2019 12:56:44Freshner, TravisChorale Elega'nt
Lucas, Elena Roussanova
Belwin12nd Year Players - Early in the yearLyricalYes
Listening to every goddamn demo cd that comes across my desk
11-15
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5/16/2018 14:19:40Nelson, AndyFreshner, TravisCloud DancingClark, LarryCarl Fischer201611st Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challengeslyrical melodies, just enough rhythmic variation for this levelColleague Recommendation26-30
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5/16/2018 9:20:28Burton, MandyColliding VisionsBalmages, BrianFJH201011st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYesGreat percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges5 or 6 percussionsContrasting sections, 3/4 timeColleague Recommendation11-15
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2/20/2019 11:47:06Burton, MandyColliding VisionsBalmages, BrianFJH201011st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "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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5/16/2018 13:06:35Burton, GeneComet RideBalmages, BrianFJH20061.51st Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticMaybeRetired
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4/6/2018 7:33:17Arrayan, DanCredoOwens, WilliamFJH20132.53rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesflute 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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5/16/2018 10:37:33Ogren, DanCreedHimesKjos198822nd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYesBand sounds more mature than they are.Retired
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5/16/2018 13:36:39Burton, GeneCritical MassStalter, ToddAlfred20102.53rd Year Players - Early in the yearProgrammatic, FanfareYes
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5/16/2018 10:31:47Ogren, DanCrystal City OvertureEdmundson, JohnBarnhouse198622nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYesAll Bands Love it.Retired
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1/18/2019 16:30:06Freshner, TravisDance EpisodesCurnow, JamesCurnow Music Press22nd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes
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1/18/2019 16:39:49Freshner, TravisDancing KitesBernotas, ChrisAlfred201522nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the yearLyricalYes
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2/16/2019 11:34:03Arthur, LauraDark AdventureFord, RalphAlfred200111st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" piece, ProgrammaticNoExposed 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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2/20/2019 11:44:38Burton, MandyDarklands LegendsStandridge, RandallGrand Mesa201733rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticYes
Cut time, Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations
Need competent clarinet sectionGreat story, loads of fun to playColleague Recommendation11-15
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5/4/2018 14:39:46Freshner, TravisDecember SkyMorales, ErikFJH1.52nd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYes
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1/18/2019 13:14:21Freshner, TravisDeclaration and DanceClark, LarryCarl Fischer199612nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes
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5/16/2018 10:32:43Ogren, DanDevil DanceKinyon, JohnAlfred22nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYesCompound meter (6/8, 12/8)Retired
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5/16/2018 22:11:50Plank, CynthiaDiamond Joe's Riviera ClubWeirich, DavidGrand Mesa1.51st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearIntro to swing for the full bandMaybeRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations, Intro to swing for full bandlow 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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1/22/2019 14:25:00
Burch-Pesses, Michael
Down a Country LaneCopland, AaronPatterson, MerlinBoosey & Hawkes199122nd Year Players - Early in the yearLyrical, ProgrammaticYesAdvanced key signature(s), Expression, intonationNo percussion requiredAaron Copland for young bandHeard it at a festival or performance30+
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5/16/2018 9:11:39Burton, MandyDragon SlayerGrice, RobertFJH200411st Year Players - Early in the yearProgrammaticNoRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulationsUses just first few notes, experiments with articulations, doubling for safety...Editors Choice list11-15
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1/18/2019 13:07:09Freshner, TravisDream DancerGiroux, JulieMusica Propria33rd Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticYes
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4/24/2018 8:49:51McBride, AnnDynamoStalter, ToddAlfred20152.53rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass partNeed strong low brass and low woodwinds. It is rhythmically interesting for everyone. Everyone gets something meaty to play.General perusal of literature on JWPepper21-25
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5/1/2018 9:14:30Burton, MandyEarthdanceSweeney, MichaelHal Leonard20103
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
ProgrammaticMaybeRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Stylistic challenges, special effectsRange considerations, at least four percussion and a synth partFun programmatic piece with special effects, tone clusters, celebrate Earth Day!Heard it at a festival or performance11-15
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5/16/2018 13:10:05Burton, GeneEclipsysO'Loughlin, SeanCarl Fischer20031.51st Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticYesStylistic challenges
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5/16/2018 10:27:15Ogren, DanEight Chorales for Elementary BandHilliard, QuincyFJH20040.51st Year Players - Later in the yearChoralesNoTone DevelopmentRetired
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2/18/2019 12:30:28Arthur, LauraEngines of ResistanceClark, LarryBelwin19961.52nd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" piece, ProgrammaticMaybeStylistic challenges, Complex articulationsFast, engaging, fun and challenging technical linesColleague Recommendation11-15
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5/16/2018 14:00:00Burton, GeneEspana CaniMarquinaLongfieldBarnhouse19983.53rd Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammatic, CulturalYes
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5/16/2018 9:30:37Burton, GeneExcelsior!Owens, WilliamFJH200822nd Year Players - Later in the yearMarchYesGreat first march for young bandsIt's a great march! Performed it with my bandsRetired
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5/16/2018 13:48:25Burton, GeneFall River OvertureSheldon, RobertBarnhouse19883.53rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" piece, Lyrical, ProgrammaticYes
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1/18/2019 16:40:44Freshner, TravisFanfare for a New AgeStory, MichaelBelwin22nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes
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1/24/2020 10:24:34McKee, ScottFarandoleBizet, GeorgesBocook, JayHal Leonard20023.53rd Year Players - Later in the yearTranscriptionYesStylistic challenges, Great transcription nicely done by Bocook.Great piece to work on style/articulation to match the original feel of Bizet's work.Heard it while working on Bandworld New Top 100 Project21-25
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5/16/2018 9:09:58Burton, MandyFuriosoSmith, Robert W.Alfred20010.51st Year Players - Early in the year, 1st Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticMaybeRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesNeed 6-7 percussionistsEditors Choice list11-15
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5/21/2018 16:01:28Arthur, LauraGentle WindsLoest, TimothyFJH20090.51st Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYesStylistic challengesNice harmonies, safe doubling, 3/4. Kids love this lyrical setting! Colleague Recommendation11-15
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5/20/2018 21:49:34Plank, CynthiaGettysburg- A Civil War PortraitBalmages, BrianFJH20020.51st Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Excellent melodies, develops part independence, percussion feature3/4 time, spit trumpet and clarinet partsIt's fun, kids love it, cross curricular_ American HistoryReading Session16-20
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5/16/2018 13:39:39Burton, GeneGhost FleetSheldon, RobertAlfred20013
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Lyrical, Programmatic, CulturalYes
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5/4/2018 14:30:48Freshner, TravisGreatest Generation, TheEdmondson, JohnQueenwood1.52nd Year Players - Early in the yearMarchYesEngaging low brass partEditors Choice list11-15
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4/25/2018 9:02:53Hall, JaimieGreenwillow PortraitWilliams, MarkAlfred198823rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYes26-30
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5/16/2018 14:02:16Burton, GeneGypsy DanceCompello, JosephCarl Fischer200433rd Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticYes
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4/25/2018 8:46:15Hall, JaimieBurton, MandyHarbingerSheldon, 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, ProgrammaticYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulationsNeed at least five percussion, optional piano partLots of syncopation, contrasting sections, engaging percussion partsEditors Choice list26-30
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5/16/2018 7:58:47Burton, MandyHaunted ClocksBalmages, BrianFJH20141.51st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearProgrammaticNoGreat percussion, Engaging low brass partVery simple, yet interestingFound it in my library11-15
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5/16/2018 13:45:14Burton, GeneHeaven's LightReineke, StevenBarnhouse200833rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearLyricalYes
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5/16/2018 13:26:08Burton, GeneHocus PocusFoster, RobertWingert-Jones11st Year Players - Early in the year, 1st Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammatic, NoveltyMaybe
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4/4/2018 11:44:16Burton, MandyHomeward BoundKarrick, BrantNoneAlfred20092.52nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the yearLyricalYesEngaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesclassic lyrical piece, can be combined with the choral settingColleague Recommendation11-15
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4/4/2018 10:17:43Burton, MandyHorkstow GrangeGrainger, PercySweeney, MichaelHal Leonard200822nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the yearLyricalYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Stylistic challenges, Mixed meter, rubatoGreat 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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5/16/2018 13:28:37Burton, GeneHuron TrailO'Loughlin, SeanCarl Fischer200922nd Year Players - Early in the yearProgrammatic, CulturalYes
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5/16/2018 9:18:51Burton, MandyIn Tantum LuxStalter, ToddAlfred201633rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulationsChallenging, engaging, has a great messageColleague Recommendation11-15
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5/16/2018 13:50:06Burton, 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
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5/16/2018 13:41:24Burton, GeneInto The CloudsSaucedo, Richard L.Hal Leonard20073
2nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Programmatic, FanfareYes
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1/24/2020 10:31:52McKee, ScottIrish TrilogySeiber, MatyasDaehn, LarryDaehn20033.53rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" piece, Multi-movementYes
Compound meter (6/8, 12/8), Cut time, Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Advanced key signature(s), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challenges, Complex articulations
2nd mvt. starts off with only woodwinds and a.sax solo. Woodwinds are exposed in this section. 3rd mvt. starts with oboe solo (cued in a.sax part). Almost a grade 4. Great piece to push your students at the end of year 3 or even bands at high school level.
Excellent piece to work on a variety of key signatures, styles, articulation, solos. Low brass/woodwinds LOVE this piece.Heard it while working on Bandworld New Top 100 Project21-25
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5/16/2018 7:55:45Burton, MandyIroncladO'Loughlin, SeanCarl Fischer20111.51st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearProgrammaticYesGreat percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesDeceptively easy! JW Pepper11-15
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4/25/2018 9:21:01Hall, JaimieJackson Lake OvertureWilliams, MarkAlfred19922.53rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes26-30
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1/18/2019 13:17:22Freshner, TravisJana's DanceGorham, DavidWingert-Jones200622nd Year Players - Later in the year, 3rd Year Players - Early in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYes
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5/20/2018 22:15:31Plank, CynthiaJohn Williams: Movie AdventuresSweeney, MichaelHal Leonard199922nd Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammatic, PopMaybeCompound meter (6/8, 12/8), Cut time, Rhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Exposed playing/lots of solos, Complex articulationsGreat 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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4/4/2018 10:14:43Burton, Mandy
Freshner, Noelle
JoyTicheli, FrankNoneManhattan Beach200522nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the yearOverture, ProgrammaticYesRhythmic 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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4/24/2018 11:34:37Freshner, NoelleKentucky 1800Grundman, ClareBoosey & 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, CulturalYesExposed playing/lots of solos, Stylistic challenges, Lush Harmonies Performed as a student 11-15
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2/16/2019 11:25:01Arthur, LauraKilaueaBalmages, BrianFJH20051.51st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearProgrammaticNoRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, Engaging low brass part, Stylistic challengesExciting. Subtitle is “The Volcano’s Fury”. Great for teaching dotted quarter notes. Colleague Recommendation11-15
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5/20/2018 22:05:53Plank, CynthiaLet's RockSweeney, MichaelHal Leonard0.51st Year Players - Early in the yearPop, Rock tuneMaybeEngaging low brass part, Great as a first performance piece, great for teaching countingReading Session
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5/16/2018 13:22:16Burton, GeneMajesticaBalmages, BrianFJH20061.51st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearFanfareYes
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5/16/2018 22:05:03Plank, CynthiaMallet ManiacsWilliams, MarkAlfred20031.51st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearNoveltyYes
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 changeIt's great for getting students to love mallet parts, and is super fun for low brass.Colleague Recommendation16-20
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5/16/2018 9:35:03Burton, GeneMarch Of The Belgian ParatroopersLeemans, PierreSwearingen, JamesHal Leonard
1946/2017
33rd Year Players - Later in the yearMarchYesEngaging low brass part, Exciting for all players, great for teaching march stylegood clarinets and low brassIt's a great march!Played it with my bandsRetired
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4/25/2018 12:20:27Arthur, LauraMarch to Castle RockHodges, SteveAlfred19981.52nd Year Players - Early in the year, 2nd Year Players - Later in the yearMarchYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Stylistic challengesTrombone 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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1/24/2020 10:01:30McKee, ScottMazamaChattaway, JayBarnhouse198533rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" piece, ProgrammaticYesRhythmic complexity (for its grade level), Great percussion, The entire band sings during parts of the piece.Need ocarinas, flexitonesGreat way to get your band students singing - not very difficult unison singing parts.Found it in my library21-25
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5/16/2018 9:13:07Burton, MandyMidnight MissionBalmages, BrianFJH20050.51st Year Players - Early in the year, 1st Year Players - Later in the yearProgrammaticMaybeEngaging low brass part, Complex articulations5-6 percussionistsIndependence of parts, articulations (staccato)Colleague Recommendation11-15
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1/24/2020 9:56:12McKee, ScottMoravian DancesWeller, TravisFJH20113.53rd Year Players - Later in the yearTraditional "band" pieceYesGreat percussion, Engaging low brass partHeard it while working on Bandworld New Top 100 Project21-25
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5/16/2018 8:58:45Burton, MandyMorning MistSheldon, RobertFJH201211st Year Players - Later in the year, 2nd Year Players - Early in the yearLyricalYesStylistic challengesWritten in 3/4, concert E-flat, syncopationReading Session11-15
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5/8/2018 8:30:34Arthur, LauraMoscow, 1941Balmages, BrianFJH20062.53rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the year
Traditional "band" piece, Programmatic, Cultural
YesGreat 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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4/25/2018 8:55:13Hall, JaimieNathan Hale TrilogyCurnow, JamesHal Leonard199033rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearMulti-movementYes26-30
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4/24/2018 11:29:31Freshner, Noelle Nordic SketchesLa Plante, PierreDaehn Publications 199523rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearCultural, Multi-movementYesStylistic challenges, Complex articulationsColleague Recommendation11-15
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4/25/2018 9:25:59Hall, JaimieNormandy Beach Edmondson, JohnHal Leonard19822.53rd Year Players - Early in the year, 3rd Year Players - Later in the yearMarchYes26-30
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4/24/2018 8:45:54McBride, AnnPop CultureNoneSheldon, RobertAlfred2.53rd Year Players - Later in the yearPopNoExposed playing/lots of solosSolos 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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5/8/2018 8:42:35Arthur, LauraPopcorn PreludeHannickel, MikeHal Leonard0.51st Year Players - Early in the yearNoveltyNoRhythmic 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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