The Maya kingdom was a rich and amazing culture with very advanced artistic skills. This composition embraces the rich tradition of the Maya in a very playable and artistic form, and is written in a way that makes the orchestra sound more experienced! (2:05).
Based on "La Virgen de la Macarena" by Bernardino Monterde, this paso doble has all the flair of a spicy Spanish march complete with castanets and maracas. A tremendous opportunity to reinforce contrasting articulations and style with a few accidentals along the way. Ol! (2:00)
A soulful yet accessible treatment of the Tower of Power hit song. This waltz is played at 128 BPM, and trumpet 1 range is to written E top space. Includes a written-out tenor 1 melody solo. A superb chart in every respect. (2:42)Series: First Year Charts for Jazz EnsembleCategory: Jazz EnsembleFormat: Conductor Score & PartsInstrument: Jazz EnsembleLevel: 1 (Easy)
Inspired by science fiction writers from the 1900s, the ability to travel faster than the speed of light is musically depicted in this energy-packed original composition. Lightly repeated eighth notes join forces with a supercharged percussion section to propel your students and audiences through space. Buckle up! (2:15)
Just as the local skateboard park showcases the individual moves and tricks of the skateboarders, this exciting rock piece showcases each section of the young band. With a powerful percussion section and a strong bass line, a solid foundation will allow the rest of the band to show their moves on the melody and accompaniment parts. (1:45)
What can age yet never grow old, and grip yet always pursue? The very popular Tum Balalaika, a traditional Yiddish riddle song with deep Russian roots, contains the answer: a haunting melody. This arrangement combines that mesmerizing melody with rich harmonies to produce a lushness that will encourage and inspire your students to play with passion and purpose. Beware! It may haunt you all of your days. (2:30)
Majestic fanfares and noble melodies create a tapestry of pride and celebration in this overture for concert band. "Melody Park" was commissioned by the Vernon Hills High School Bands in Illinois. (4:35)
If you know the music of the brilliant composer Billy Strayhorn, you will love this chart. A clever melody, and an outstanding chart that seriously swings all the way. Solos are written out for tenor, piano, and drums. The tempo is around 176 BPM, and lead trumpet range is to written A. (3:22)
The initial eerie flute solo is joined by other members of the woodwind family, then the full ensemble, and the piece takes off! The energetic section builds to a frenzy interrupted with bright bursts of sound. The beautiful melody returns again in the trumpet, then low brass, building to a dynamic close. Real music for your young band. This one is certain to be a winner. (4:36) This title is available in SmartMusic.
Themes from three of America's most popular patriotic marches are brought together in this solidly scored medley. Including "You're a Grand Old Flag," "National Emblem," and "The Stars and Stripes Forever," you're certain to get a rousing response from young and old alike! (2:15)
This festive medley combines three joyful melodies into a cheerful Celtic tapestry. Centering on "The Sussex Carol," it also takes the listener on a colorful romp through "Good Christian Men, Rejoice," as well as an Irish fiddle tune entitled "A Merry Christmas." The work can be performed with strings alone, but the addition of hand drum, guitar, and whistle give a distinctive "fiddle band" sound without significantly increasing rehearsal preparation. (2:40)
A tuneful way to introduce students to the lyrical style and rollicking feel of traditional Scottish/Irish music. The "Air" is the melody from Gilderoy and is set with a contemporary harmonic palette that concludes with an exciting climax before transitioning to the jig. "The Jig of Slurs" is a traditional Irish dance with a melody and feel that is infectious! (2:30) "Air and Jig" correlates to Book 2, Level 2 of Sound Innovations for Concert Band.
This heroic-sounding piece could be the soundtrack to an epic adventure, but is playable by grade 2 bands. The driving motion of the percussion and woodwind eighth-note pattern propels the piece forward under a forceful horn and trumpet melody. A unique and very appealing addition to your next concert. (2:40)
The alarm clock sounds on a cold winter morning. Youngsters begrudgingly wake and peer outside to find the ground covered with deep snow. Even better, it's going to be a "snow day" off from school! The fun-filled adventure which ensues---replete with sledding, snowmen, forts, and snowball battles---is musically portrayed in this delightful, colorfully scored seasonal work for young band. (2:15)
This unique setting of a musical adventure through mysticism and magic offers a wide variety of dynamics, textures, and styles while remaining playable. (3:23)
An excellent swing chart for a strong band. At 184 BPM, the chart opens with a small group contrafact and includes some solo space for alto, trombone, and piano, followed by a kickin' sax soli and a shout. Lead trumpet range is to written high D. A quality chart top to bottom. (4:52)Series: Premier Jazz SeriesCategory: Jazz EnsembleFormat: Conductor Score & PartsInstrument: Jazz EnsembleLevel: 5 (Advanced / Difficult)
This work for concert band is inspired by the inner strength that all artists must call on to devote themselves to their craft. The work uses the sounds of a beating heart combined with metallic accents in the mallet percussion, brake drum, and China crash to create a uniquely industrial sound. The melody races through life's obstacles (represented in an altered scale) before climaxing in a beautiful, triumphant fanfare. (2:25)