ORIGINAL BAND COMPOSITIONS

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CONCERT BAND - EASY/MEDIUM EASY

 
Pentatonic Parade (Difficulty: Easy) - $48

A great Beginning Band march that utilizes basic rhythms and the first 6 notes taught in most band method books. Paradiddle is used on the snare drum part. This is also a great piece to focus on articulation.

Power Surge (Difficulty: Medium Easy) - $48

A fantastic piece for your developing band. A mixture of a driving rhythmic statement and smooth lyrical lines combine to provide a fun and challenging experience at this level. Dotted quarter/eighth is employed throughout and the percussion section has plenty to do. A good contest piece at this level.

CONCERT BAND - MEDIUM

 
American Impressions (Difficulty: Medium) - $55

This medley of “America”, “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” features rich harmonic sonorities. Great for a Pops Concert or any Patriotic holiday performance. A new alternative to the old standbys in this genre.

Clouds (Difficulty: Medium) - $55

Originally written for my band at Old Saybrook Middle School, this was my way of introducing Impressionism to my students. Interesting scoring, including trumpets with cup mute, a piano part and some cool percussion sounds make this a great learning experience for the students and enjoyable for the audience.

Excelsior! (Difficulty: Medium) - $55

A lazy introduction featuring several soloists gives way to the uplifting and exuberant main body of the composition. Multiple meter changes and modern harmonies provide plenty of technical challenges. A lot of fun to play!!

Gaudeamus Hodie (Difficulty: Medium) - $55

I learned this traditional round (pronounced: Gow-Day-A-Moose, Ho-Dee-A) in a music education class when I was getting my bachelor’s degree. I taught it several times vocally but I always thought it would make a neat band arrangement. After a dreamy introduction that features soloists in a mini-round, the piece takes off with a latin flair. This piece is a great choice to get your entire band to experience Big Band Swing. And all the winds get to play the tune at some point!! Great for a Pops Concert!

Yuletide Reflections (Difficulty: Medium) - $55

This is a beautiful addition to the Holiday Concert repertoire. It is a medley of three lesser known Christmas carols. “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”, “Noel Nouvelet” and “ Coventry Carol” are employed to create a lush and moody composition that is perfect to offset the more traditional upbeat holiday tunes on your program. Interesting percussion sounds including wine glasses add to this unique setting. A piano is needed as well. Set in concert G minor the piece eventually leads to a final culminating and incredibly satisfying G major chord.

CONCERT BAND - ADVANCED

 
Fanfare and Jubilation (Difficulty: Advanced) - $75

This blockbuster piece was commissioned in 2011 by the Crane Concert Band in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Crane School of Music, SUNY - Potsdam, NY. It features 2 antiphonal trumpet quartets. It can be performed by 12 or more trumpet players or just the 8 antiphonal players. In addition, the composition calls for Electric Guitar and Electric Bass. A fantastic opener that is sure to get your audience excited!!

Overture in Search of a Show (Difficulty: Advanced) - $75

In my career I have played or conducted over 100 different musical comedies. This piece is my homage to all of those big Broadway Overtures from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. If you really know your shows you may pick up on which shows, composers and orchestrators influenced me! This challenging but extremely fun composition was commissioned by the CT Chapter of Phi Beta Mu in 2006. A perfect Pops Concert piece and a great way to give all of your students a pit orchestra experience. A good drum set player really helps on this one!

 

PUBLISHED BY ALFRED MUSIC

Alternate Time (Young Symphonic Band Series)

This is an exciting and energetic way to explore constantly changing time signatures. Based on a bouncy theme, this composition also features chromatic passages, running scalar lines, and effective percussion scoring.

Canticulum (Debut Series)

This was my first piece published by Alfred. This is a lovely and well-crafted lyrical piece for young bands. A great piece for teaching musicianship through phrase-shaping, rubato playing, and tension-and-release points.

Minor Major March (Young Symphonic Band Series)

This unique and fun-to-play march explores the tonal centers of F minor and Db major. Chock full of rhythmic and dynamic elements, this is a great teaching piece that will be an exciting component of any concert or contest program.

Of Days Gone By (Young Symphonic Band Series)

I believe that this is to date my most popular Alfred publication. In January of 2020 it was performed by the Florida All-State Middle School Band. It is a beautiful, lush ballad that provides an excellent opportunity for bands to showcase their musicianship. The lovely trumpet solo that first introduces the melody is a nice way to feature your first chair player.

Stick Figures (Debut Series)

This title actually has a dual meaning. First, the paradiddle rudiment is stressed in the percussion parts. Second, the entire wind section gets to be percussionists by using rhythm sticks (clapping is an option) in a call-and-response section. This exciting composition is the perfect piece to solidify eighth note rhythms and articulations.

 

FLEX ENSEMBLES

Aria - G. F. Handel
(Difficulty: Medium) - $25

Originally scored as a Brass Ensemble, a multitude of parts are provided for any combination of instruments. Flute Ensemble (with Alto and Bass Flute), Clarinet Ensemble (with Alto and Bass Clarinet), and Saxophone Ensemble are all possible as well as a mixed instrumentation. A Brass Score and a Concert Score are included.

A Bach Chorale - J. S. Bach
(Difficulty: Medium) - $25

Originally scored as a Brass Ensemble, a multitude of parts are provided for any combination of instruments. Flute Ensemble (with Alto and Bass Flute), Clarinet Ensemble (with Alto and Bass Clarinet), and Saxophone Ensemble are all possible as well as a mixed instrumentation. A Brass Score and a Concert Score are included.

Bourée - G. F. Handel
(Difficulty: Medium) - $25

A 4 part Flexible Ensemble. Bb, Eb, F and Bass Clef parts are provided. Flute and Oboe parts are specific due to range. A Concert Score is included.

El Choclo - A. G. Villoldo
(Difficulty: Medium) - $25

A 5 part Flexible Ensemble. Multiple parts are provided for each of the 5 parts based on range. A Concert Score is included.

The Heavens Declare (Concert C) - Benedetto Marcello (Difficulty: Medium Easy) - $25

This Woodwind Ensemble has C instrument parts for flutes and/or oboes. Saxophone parts double clarinet parts. Bassoon is doubled in Bass Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone.

The Heavens Declare (Concert F) - Benedetto Marcello (Difficulty: Medium) - $25

This Woodwind Ensemble utilizes 1st and 2nd flute parts. The Oboe part is an optional 3rd flute part. Saxophone parts double clarinet parts. Bassoon is doubled in Bass Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone.

Largo (from New World Symphony) - Anton Dvorak (Difficulty: Medium Easy) - $25

Originally scored as a Brass Ensemble, a multitude of parts are provided for any combination of instruments. Flute Ensemble (with Alto and Bass Flute), Clarinet Ensemble (with Alto and Bass Clarinet), and Saxophone Ensemble are all possible as well as a mixed instrumentation. A Brass Score and a Concert Score are included.

Rondeau and Aire - Henry Purcell

(Difficulty: Medium) - $25

A 4 part Flexible Ensemble.  Parts are tailored to be in a playable range.  A Concert Score is included.

CHAMBER MUSIC

 

-WOODWIND ENSEMBLES-

Air from Water Music - G. F. Handel
(Difficulty - Medium) - $8

Originally written for a Woodwind Trio (Flute/Clarinet/Bassoon), this classic tune comes with optional parts for Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, and Bari Sax.

Allegro Maestoso from Water Music - G. F. Handel
(Difficulty - Medium Difficult) - $12

A Woodwind Trio (Flute/Clarinet/Bassoon). An Optional Oboe part can replace the Clarinet part.

Corrente from Sonata VII - Arcangelo Corelli
(Difficulty - Medium Difficult) - $12

A Woodwind Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon. This is the second movement of the Sonata.

Gigue - Arcangelo Corelli
(Difficulty - Medium Difficult) - $12

A Woodwind trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon.  This is the fourth movement of the sonata.

Preludio from Sonata VII - Arcangelo Corelli
(Difficulty - Medium Difficult) - $8

A Woodwind Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon. This is the first movement of the Sonata.

Trumpet Tune - Henry Purcell
(Difficulty - Medium) - $10

Originally written for a Woodwind Trio (Flute/Clarinet/Bassoon), this classic wedding piece comes with optional parts for Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, and Bari Sax.

Trumpet Voluntary - Henry Purcell
(Difficulty - Medium) - $12

Originally written for a Woodwind Trio (Flute/Clarinet/Bassoon), this classic wedding piece comes with optional parts for Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, and Bari Sax.

Sarabande from Sonata VII - Arcangelo Corelli
(Difficulty - Medium Difficult) - $8

A Woodwind Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon. This is the third movement of the Sonata.