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)
This energetic composition features active percussion and vibrant themes with seamless transitions from Latin to rock and back. Translated as "path to the sun," the band will generate some heat with this piece! (2:20)
This piece captures the excitement of setting sail on the open waters. There is ebb and flow as the ship begins the journey, but there are a few anxious moments as the weather becomes more threatening. All is well, however, as the ship continues smooth sailing for the remainder of the journey. (2:05)
This tuneful and effervescent piece was inspired by the passion and energy of the New Horizons Band movement and the countless adult "beginners" who have discovered the joy of music-making. (5:10)
In "Dorian Haiku," two centuries-old cultural artifacts---one Western (the Dorian mode) and one Eastern (Haiku poetry)---are fused together, resulting in an engaging and beautiful composition for intermediate band. This unique work offers many wonderful opportunities for teaching both musical and cross-curricular concepts. (4:00)
Check out this swing chart played around 160 BPM. The melody is handled initially by alto and trumpet 1, solos for the alto and trumpet are written, and the trumpet 1 range it to written E-flat top space. The ideal swing chart. (3:07)
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)
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)
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 second movement of Three Folk Song Settings for Band, "All the Pretty Little Horses" provides a lyrical contrast to the two outer movements. This lullaby is thought to be of African-American origin. (3:25)
With driving rhythms and powerful harmonies, you can almost see the ferocious fire-breathing dragons roaming the mountain in this dramatic work! From the first note, this epic piece will grab the attention of the performers as well as the audience and not let go until the last note! Every effort has been made to give young players the experience of performing a mature-sounding composition with minimal technical demands. This composition is designed to help teachers reinforce many musical concepts that are so important in the development of young string players. (2:30)
Inspired by a poem by the ancient Persian poet Rumi: "Love calls, everywhere and always. We are sky bound. Are you coming?" The imagery of ascension is evident in the rising musical motives, and the energy and drive of the music concludes with an affirmation of hope. (5:30)
A lovely march written at a very playable level that will suit any concert! With three different themes, there is plenty of variety in this piece. (2:10)
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).
This delightful little miniature is an arrangement of Ravel's short minuet for piano written in homage to Classical era composer, Joseph Haydn. It was composed in 1909 and published a year later in 1910. Ravel based the raw material for this minuet on the notes whose letter names are the musical equivalents of Haydn's name. (2:00)
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.
Perfect as a concert opener, closer, or show piece, this lovely example of Viennese opera is now available, for the first time, in a form accessible for the student musician. Many opportunities to work on articulations, slurs, and phrasing are provided. (2:00)
This flowing work commences with dignity and charm. The teaching possibilities, such as legato, control, and dynamic shadings, are limitless. As rewarding to play as it is to hear, "A Quiet Music" will present programming opportunities year after year. Enjoy the seamless flow of the pensive melody and harmony in the fabric of this cherished work! (4:11) This title is available in SmartMusic.