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BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE - Beginning Band | Duration: 2:14

BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE

Beginning Band | Duration: 2:14
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BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE was composed to assist the clarinetist in "getting over the break" while also understanding the relationship between fingerings on either side of this "break". The first step encompasses a simple fingering pattern which involves the left or alternate side-to-side fingering for the new note F#. The musical fragment takes the clarinets into the chalameau register reinforcing the ability to hold a stable hand position in preparation for the left thumb hitting the register key. At m8, the clarinets have the melodic fragment. At m20, the clarinets have the same melodic pattern, but this time with the thumb key. This accomplishes a number of things: strength in the chalameau register, and paired, associated learning of related notes at the 12th, above and below the break. Also, because the part is soloistic, clarinetists will be inspired to play with a full and warm sound. Other sections are introduced to new notes which operate as leading tones and whole step neighboring tones.

BREAK OF THE ANCIENT CODE is also a part of the Suite, A Wish to the World, a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

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JUST THE SAX, MAM! - Beginning Band | Duration: 2:15

JUST THE SAX, MAM!

Beginning Band | Duration: 2:15

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This rock-oriented piece allows beginning saxophonists to focus upon the GABCD fingering pattern. As usual, all other students are challenged in ways characteristic to their instruments. This is a fun, but nevertheless useful teaching tool for the beginning band.

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CLASS OF '39 FIGHTSONG! - Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 2:07

CLASS OF '39 FIGHTSONG!

Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 2:07

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In the spirit of Sousa, here is a March, or perhaps a Fight Song if taking the optional omissions. It is scored for younger ensembles.

Composed to pay tribute to the West Point Class of 1939, it is a highly-spirited, and characteristic work for young band. Also suited for inclusion in the suite: A WISH to the WORLD!

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A SENDING - Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 7:00

A SENDING

Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 7:00

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You would be saddened to know how many times I am asked to compose a work for someone who has passed on. I often say no, but when three band directors called at the same time to compose such a work, I decided to create a young band statement that might positively address this situation. Again, the colours explored are new to our idiom, the themes and moods easy to connect with. Options within the work allow for a range from Grade 2 to perhaps Grade 4.

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AFINCE - Grade 2-3 with Grade 5+ Percussion | Duration: 4:40

AFINCE

Grade 2-3 with Grade 5+ Percussion | Duration: 4:40

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Afince offers still yet another opportunity for an innovative mix of forces and has many possible uses in your program. The Grade 3 Level Middle School, or young High School Band may be joined by a very strong high school, visiting college, or professional percussion ensemble!

The piece features the Percussionists, but nevertheless provides a Musical and educational experience for the wind Musicians. The piece is essentially a groove in 3.5/4. Teaching scenarios accompany this and all young band works. The work can also be rendered with the Jazz Ensemble, and opened for solos, or rendered with just Percussion Ensemble, and/or edited into an exciting field version.

There are many avenues of use and exploration in this strategic addition to your library.

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HAJJ - Grade 6 | Duration: 8:40

HAJJ

Grade 6 | Duration: 8:40

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This work is offered as a tribute to the faithful who each year make the HAJJ, a pilgrimage to Mecca... and to all those who make each day a new step in Life's journey.

HAJJ is about the moment before the real Prayer begins. It is fraught with intrigue, and sidetracked adventure, moments of introspection and exuberant dance! Many contrasting sections offer the ensemble its opportunity to explore superimposed styles and varied colours. The work may also be rendered as a combined work for Band of the 3rd Millennium™ and Jazz Ensemble. The intent of this work suggests something more global, more akin to all of our Natures. We are, it seems, always involved in a going forth. Like a pilgrim, the voyage begins with full knowledge of what to expect. And then, just like a pilgrim, when the moment of Truth arrives... it is always so much more than what was hoped for. To this journey, this quest, this pilgrimage, I leave you this piece... HAJJ.

The addition of HAJJ to the repertoire is made possible by the joint effort and commitment of many dedicated individuals. My many thanks to these champions of Music and Music Education.

 

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HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT - Grade 5 | Duration: 5:17

HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT

Grade 5 | Duration: 5:17

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Movement 2 of this work is on the STORMJOURNEYS CD. It's first movement, Without Warning opens the STORMWORKS... Chapter ONE CD.

Fasten your seatbelts! WITHOUT WARNING is fast, features everyone, and delivers maximum impact! Requires either Synth or Acoustic Jazz Bass. WITHOUT WARNING is the First Movement of a larger work entitled, HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT which has the potential of becoming a 12 minute, 3-movement work if utilizing the optional closing statement of GODSPEED!

HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT is a large scale, filmic and musical portrayal of the United States Navy's Action and Adventure on the High Seas. The piece requires strong brass and percussion players and woodwind players with advanced technique.

This piece is from the STORMJOURNEYS CD. and the STORMWORKS... Chapter ONE CD.

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MONTY! - Grade 2-3 | Duration: 3:00

MONTY!

Grade 2-3 | Duration: 3:00

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Composed to assist the Music Educator in teaching music in 3's... MONTY! is a robust British Style March written as a tribute to General Bernard Montgomery of World War II fame. The piece is divided into rehearsal sections designated by the form of the composition so that while it provides a tool for teaching rhythmic concepts, it also teaches students about form and logical rehearsal strategies. The key signatures of Bb and Eb in addition to the range make the piece a Grade 2. Some of the rhythmic explorations make it a Grade 3.

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Music from the Motion Picture AURORA - Grade 3-4 | Duration: 16:17

Music from the Motion Picture AURORA

Grade 3-4 | Duration: 16:17

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This is a three-movement work.  Each part is playable as a separate piece. The center movement is scored for a new-to-our-idiom orchestration featuring the woodwind section. The piece is conceived to allow many options as possible within the attainable scope of a Grade 3-4 work for band.

The piece is a new "take" on Music from the 68-minute Film Score for AURORA.

Whereas, in many cases, an entity like a film score will be composed by one composer and then arranged by another, here is an instance where the composer and then the re-composer are one in the same. This is a great opportunity, therefore, to share something intimate and non-homogenized with your students.

Godspeed.

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PATRICK'S RUNE - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

PATRICK'S RUNE

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

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High energy dance-like rhythmic figures and a haunting prayer theme... later developed in Symphony #2... combine in this work depicting St. Patrick's banishment of the snakes. As in all "Storm" Works, the piece provides a well-planned media in which to explore music-making concepts. Contained within are themes for Patrick, the striking staff, the Storm and religious faith of the Rune as well as depictions of the dance, struggle, and joy of the Irish people as the Light of Hope triumphs over "the powers of darkness!"

Patrick's Rune places many varied and simultaneous demands on the student Musician. Because the piece involves Music in 2's and 3's in both 4/4 and 12/8, and because of the dynamic possibilities joined by the need for great speed and dexterity in fingering, this work can be rendered by quite accomplished groups or by younger Musicians needing a work which, when rendered as intended, will represent a significant accomplishment.

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This piece is from the STORMJOURNEYS CD.

Saint Patrick
Feastday: March 17
Patron of Ireland
b. 387 d.461
Saint Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints.

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.

Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britain in charge of the colonies.

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote

"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain, where he reunited with his family.

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more."

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message.

Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock?
Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

 

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THE STORMJOURNEYS SUITE on CD-ROM - Beginning Band to Grade 6 | Duration 70:10

THE STORMJOURNEYS SUITE on CD-ROM

Beginning Band to Grade 6 | Duration 70:10

 

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When you invest in the STORMJOURNEYS Suite on CDR, you may also acquire additional site licenses for each building at which you will print additional master sets of parts.

STORMJOURNEYS is a series of progressive and thematically connected pieces written to depict elements of Life's Journey. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, and A WISH to the WORLD or they can be rendered individually.

Please visit the individual pieces to discover the Musical concepts as presented in the scores' teaching strategies.

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THREE MUSICAL HAIKUS for BAND - Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 6:47

THREE MUSICAL HAIKUS for BAND

Band Grade 2-3| Duration: 6:47

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These are a collection of 3 short chorales for band. They may be utilized as part of the "warm-up" or rendered as what I call "Musical Haikus." They include:

The Truth About Pirates
The 4th Year
Never Forgotten

These "Musical Haikus" were composed to draw the Musician's attention to sonority and warmth, while being short pieces of Music. In the past, their purpose was for warming up, much like the FUNCTION CHORALES. However, many conductors enjoy them and find them to be worthy of the Concert Hall.

 

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UNDER COVER OF NIGHT & INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY! - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 9:28

UNDER COVER OF NIGHT & INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY!

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 9:28

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UNDER COVER OF NIGHT, a grade 3 at 3:33, explores differences in major and minor harmonies, introduces changing meters in a straightforward way and moves to a lyrical center section that rises and falls before returning to a dark, symphonic ending.

INTO the LIGHT of DAY! (part 2), a grade 4 at 4:12, is a triumphal Americana theme which emerges from a sunrise-like setting. Each section shares in and then joins in the dramatic conclusion. The piece will motivate your students to explore the orchestral key of D, and clarinets will have an opportunity to explore alternate, side-to-side fingerings.

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Those Who Serve - Band Grade 3| Duration: 3:22

Those Who Serve

Band Grade 3| Duration: 3:22

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Those Who Serve Free Parts

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THOSE WHO SERVE will be given to as many conductors who will download and print the Music. Other free downloads include JEFFERSON'S VISION and STAR! and more, all which is "free" right here.

Beginning with USA stated in a rhythmically energized Morse Code, the piece quotes each of the military themes positioned against each other and the Star Spangled Banner.

THOSE WHO SERVE may serve you for concert and/or parade situations where a tribute to ANY branch of the military is in order. This tribute is composed and scored in such a way as to provide a Grade 3 opportunity for a wide variety of scenarios.

THOSE WHO SERVE is free with A Wish to the World, a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

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Never Forgotten (for a cappella choir) - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 2:45

Never Forgotten (for a cappella choir)

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 2:45

 

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For those familiar with the Three Musical Haikus for Band, this is the "Never Forgotten" movement with lyrics and possibilities for String ensembles and/or acapella vocal ensembles.

Enjoy & Godspeed! S

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Never Forgotten (for Strings, Optional Chorus, Mixed & Male & Optional Narration) - Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:13

Never Forgotten (for Strings, Optional Chorus, Mixed & Male & Optional Narration)

Grade: 3-4 | Duration: 3:13

 

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For those familiar with the Three Musical Haikus for Band, this is the "Never Forgotten" movement with lyrics and possibilities for String ensembles and/or acapella Male or Mixed vocal ensembles.

Enjoy & Godspeed! S

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