The Senior High BandCamp 2015


“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

ˈsenəˌtaf/. noun.  – a tomblike monument to someone buried elsewhere, especially one commemorating people who died in a war.

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.  


NOW!   Karaoke sing-off between ______________    &.  ________________

Backup singers?  Dancers?  Air band?



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  John Mackey – “Lightning Field”.  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




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“Kentucky 1800” by Clare Grundman.



Clare (Ewing) Grundman (Cleveland, Ohio, May 11, 1913 – South Salem, New York, June 15, 1996) was an Americancomposer and arranger.


“The Best of Journey” arranged by Paul Murtha


In the early ’80s this group was a vital part of the music scene. Now, thanks to continued air play, video games, and the hit TV series Glee, they are back on top again. Featuring Don’t Stop Believin’, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), Open Arms, and Any Way You Want It.


Original vocalist Steve Perry 


Replacement vocalist Arnel Pineda, discovered on YouTube.

NOW!   Karaoke sing-off between _______________    &.  __________________








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.

Guzheng – China.  String.     Listen for vibrato and microtones (bending strings)

The Silk Road Project – Yo-Yo Ma.

Instruments made from garbage in Paraguay.

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.






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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 scoreHis webpageScreen Shot 2014-07-15 at 7.21.29 PM

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

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Ride by Samuel R. Hago – His webpage

Carnival of Venice – on tuba – the great Roger Bobo  –  on Sousaphone in Finland Shot 2014-07-15 at 8.51.10 PM

On trumpet –

Low brass fun!          Nat McIntosh – “Brooklyn”

Semper Fidelis by John Philip Sousa – wiki page

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Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

History of the Sousaphone

What the heck?

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A little Sousaphone fun

Finale from The Firebird by Igor Stravisnsky

Pandora by Randall Standridge

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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

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Five Elements of Music

FiveElements1     ATU BandCamp 2013

Lit2012 2012


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