Beginning Band (Audio)

 

  • ALL WORKS CAN BE DELIVERED ELECTRONICALLY OR VIA MAIL
  • ALL WORKS INCLUDE THE SCORE AND ONE PART PER INSTRUMENT WITH LICENCE TO COPY AS MANY PARTS AS NEEDED FOR YOUR SCHOOL (this is not transferable)

I spent 11 years teaching beginning band.  There are a lot of good pieces written for beginning band, including many by people like Andrew Balent and others like him.  Still, I found that they lacked in several areas.  First, the percussion parts are often too easy and encourage rote learning over counting.  IF you want to know why drummers always get in trouble, look at their music compared to their method book.  My works often include extra percussion parts, including Latin instruments, and misc. percussion.  Also, the rhythms are not trite.  I try to add rhythmic variety to challenge students to count rather than learn by rote.  Instead of repeating the same easy rhythm over and over, I will change it slightly to make the student count.

I try to include interesting parts for all instruments while allowing flexible instrumentation.  Clarinet parts are generally below the break, and brass parts remain within reasonable ranges.  I have included score pages and audio samples on this page for most of the pieces I am offering.  If you need to see or hear more – please contact me.

A DAY AT BAND REHEARSAL

About the work: This is a teaching piece disguised as a novelty piece.  This is a great way to introduce your students to 6/8 meter while having fun.  The piece is meant to show the audience a rehearsal where the main “soloist” is supposed to play one note, but takes the entire piece to get it right.    This also includes: 1) articulations- accents, tenuto and staccato, 2) the fp dynamic marking, 3) the fermata, 4)the ceasura, and 5) accidental reminders.                                                           AUDIO AVAILABLE                                                                    $25.00

 

CALYPSO de COO-COO

Calypso de Coo-Coo is a grade one piece of music that should be playable by most first year bands after the first half of the book has been completed. Any young band that can play the Bb concert scale and has learned concert E natural is ready for this piece.  Includes extra percussion parts.        AUDIO AVAILABLE                                                                         $25.00

 

CHELSEA’S CHA CHA

About the Work: This piece can be performed once the first 6 notes (concert Bb – G) have been Several optional parts make use of notes the traditional first 6. For example, 2nd clarinet can be introduced once a couple more notes are learned or the director could teach students the new notes through the music.  Rhythms include eighth notes.  Concepts include legato and staccato playing and playing in a “cha-cha” style.                                                                                                             AUDIO AVAILABLE                                                                        $25.00

CHORALE AND MARCH IN MINOR

Playable once students have learned the first 7 notes in their books.   About the work: This two-section work introduces students to the idea of contrasting movements on a very small scale. The chorale section is to be played legato. The march section asks the performer to play staccato as well as legato (at times), and, of course, marcato.   This work has 2 versions of the chorale included – one for small bands with limited orchestrations, and one for larger groups.             AUDIO AVAILABLE                                                                          $25.00

For ordering information call me at 919 943 8705

under construction – much more to come – I have many pieces, but getting them ready for the site takes time!