“Circus Days” by Karl King
The conductor has two tempo choices for this march. A march or waaaaaay faster!
“Cenotaph (Fanfare for Band)” by Jack Stamp
This striking piece depicts in musical language the imposing majesty and symbolism of a cenotaph, which is a monument such as the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial. The composer successfully embodies such majesty in sound by creating a five-part fugue, introduced by explosive percussion. A stunning work!
Conducted by Jesse Leyva.
“Melodious Thunk” by David Biedenbender
Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.
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John Mackey – “Lightning Field”. http://www.ostimusic.com. John Mackey’s “Lightning Field” takes its title from a work of art by Walter De Maria. That work is a massive expanse of New Mexico desert, claimed and transformed by the artist via an installation of steel rods: planted in the earth and reaching toward the sky, they call down its power – literally creating man-made lightning storms. Like them, Mackey’s piece speaks to the ancient impulse to summon nature’s power, and the magic such acts unleash. A sense of energy runs throughout the work, with the driving onstage percussion enhanced by the sound of thunder (provided by inexpensive hand-held percussion instruments called “thunder tubes“) surrounding the audience.
Eric Whitacre “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre
Wind Band version http://youtu.be/MW1Hrpnf8i0
“The Best of Journey” arranged by Paul Murtha
Mesa Verde, Ancient Puebloan (Anasazi) ruins in SW Colorado.
What is music? What is not music?
Does everyone, every culture agree on musical standards?
Which came first – rhythm or melody? Harmony ? Form (repetition)?
Voice or instrument (timbre)? Fast or slow (tempo)? Solo or …?
Education or enculturation (notation or learned by ear)?
Unison – chant
Béla Fleck explored musics from many countries in Africa for his documentary “Throw Down Your Heart.”
“Long ago and far away…”
Gamelan – SE Asia. Percussion. http://youtu.be/BmlAZxha8Pw
Guzheng – China. String. http://youtu.be/BmlAZxha8Pw. Listen for vibrato and microtones (bending strings)
The Silk Road Project – Yo-Yo Ma. http://www.silkroadproject.org/studies/silkroad-ensemble
Instruments made from garbage in Paraguay. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/jul/13/junk-recycled-orchestra-paraguay-music-landfill
Q: How open are you to music that is not at all similar to the music on your playlist?
Q: Do you feel you are more open to new/different music than some of your friends who are not in band?
Q: Is there music that is more fun to play than to actually listen to?
Q: How does a musician listen/focus on music differently than a non-musician?
Some music can be primarily social in purpose. That is OK. If you can find something that is fun as well as interesting musically, even better.
Procession of the Nobles by Rimsky-Korsakov – fanfare-like
Mlada (Russian: Млада, the name of a main character) is an opera-ballet in four acts, composed between 1889 and 1890 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, to a libretto by Viktor Krylov. Mlada is killed in the first act.
Into the Storm by Robert W. Smith – Wikipedia article – See the score – His webpage
What an appropriate title! This piece vividly presents all the intensity, fury, and relentless pounding of the wildest of storms! After a brief “eye at the center of the storm,” the excitement returns in full force. Your audience will be blown away by this one!
Knights of Dunvegan – Richard Meyer
The Machine Awakes – Stephen Bryant – His webpage
Ride by Samuel R. Hago – His webpage –
Carnival of Venice – on tuba – the great Roger Bobo – on Sousaphone in Finland
On trumpet –
Low brass fun! Nat McIntosh – “Brooklyn”
Semper Fidelis by John Philip Sousa – wiki page
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
What the heck?
A little Sousaphone fun
Finale from The Firebird by Igor Stravisnsky
Pandora by Randall Standridge
Incantation and Dance – John Barnes Chance – conductor’s notes
This composition, which was the first published piece of John Barnes Chance, has become one of his most popular works. He wrote it while serving in the North Carolina public schools under a grant from the Ford Foundation’s Young Composers Project. It consists of two contrasting sections. The Incantation is a short, mournful melody, full of mystery, which gradually builds to a ferocious conclusion. The Dance also begins quietly, moving to a complex rhythmic pattern in the percussion, and culminating in a frenzied dance. A native of Texas, Chance played timpani with the Austin Symphony and taught at the University of Kentucky before his untimely accidental death in 1972.
First Suite for Band by Gustav Holst
Mars from the suite The Planets by Gustav Holst
Drums on the Village Green – Philip Parker
Five Elements of Music