You’ll find a lot of popular titles that your students will love in this list, including the Lady Gaga Fugue and Adele’s mega hit Rolling in the Deep. You can listen to audio samples of these titles by clicking on the link below, or simply by visiting www.halleonard.com.
Symphonic Band - Grade 4
Captain America March
Alan Silvestri/arr. Michael Brown
From the summer blockbuster film Captain America: The First Avenger, composer Alan Silvestri has created a powerful and memorable march based on the main theme. Skillfully adapted for the concert stage by Michael Brown, here is an exciting and uplifting march for mature groups.
Pie in the Face Polka
Henry Mancini/arr. Johnnie Vinson
From the classic movie The Great Race starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood, here is a Mancini gem featured in the memorable and climactic pie fight scene. This entertaining arrangement can be used to feature the entire clarinet section, just a few players, or even a soloist. Optional section parts are also included.
Concert Band - Grade 3
Come Fly With Me
James Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn/arr. Paul Murtha
Written for Frank Sinatra and title track of his 1958 album, this tune remains popular through recent recordings and usages in TV and film. Here’s a wonderful big band style arrangement for full concert band that features plenty of variety in scoring and a very authentic sound.
A Night in Tunisia (Saxophone Section Feature)
John "Dizzy" Gillespie and Frank Paparelli/arr. Paul Murtha
Helping to pioneer the Afro-Cuban style of the ‘40s, Dizzy Gillepsie’s signature composition has been recorded by countless jazz artists over the years and has become a true jazz standard. Skillfully arranged here as a saxophone section feature with concert band, this sizzling arrangement alternates between Latin and swing styles like the original. A wonderful change of pace.
Anthem (from Chess)
Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus/arr. Sean O’Loughlin
From the ‘80s Broadway musical Chess, the song “Anthem” has enjoyed renewed popularity due in part to recordings by Josh Groban and Linda Eder. Here is a beautifully effective setting for full concert band of this memorable song.
Santana in Concert
arr. Michael Brown
The engaging, smooth sound of Carlos Santana has remained popular for more than four decades. This marvelous medley for the stage is written all in one tempo and features Santana hits through the years including: Evil Ways, Oye Como Va, and Smooth.
Music from Tombstone
Bruce Broughton/arr. Ted Ricketts
The 1993 western film Tombstone tells the tale of the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral. And while the movie itself met with limited success, the powerful soundtrack by Bruce Broughton has become a classic. This adaptation for band features the primary themes in a bold and impressive concert setting.
March with Mancini
Henry Mancini/arr. Johnnie Vinson
The playful, engaging and melodic style of master composer Henry Mancini is no more apparent than in the marches he composed for the silver screen. Here is a sparkling march medley that includes Timothy, March of the Cue Balls, Swing March, and The Great Race.
James Horner Movie Magic
arr. Michael Brown
James Horner continues to create memorable and striking themes for film with a career spanning 30 years, and including music for some of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time. Here is a stunning medley for the concert stage that features themes from Avatar, Field of Dreams, The Mask of Zorro, Rocketeer, and Titanic.
04001309/$60.00 ** Available Spring 2012
Lady Gaga Fugue (Based on “Bad Romance”)
Stefani Germanotta and Nadir Khayat arr. Giovanni Dettori/adpt. Johnnie Vinson
In a recent YouTube moment that went viral, Giovanni Dettori created a convincingly traditional Baroque fugue based on the opening strains of Lady Gaga’s hit “Bad Romance”. Johnnie Vinson has done a marvelous job of adapting this setting for concert band, providing a terrific opportunity to teach an important musical form and have some fun at the same time.
I’m Shipping Up to Boston
Alexander Barr, Ken Casey, Woody Guthrie and Matthew Kelly/ arr. Sean O’Loughlin
Recorded by the Dropkick Murphys, this Irish jig with a rock and roll edge has become a popular anthem for professional sports teams not only in Boston (naturally), but also in stadiums and arenas across the country.
Kevin A. Memley/arr. Preston Hazzard
Originally a composition for chorus by Kevin A. Memley, this adaptation by Preston Hazzard makes expert use of the various tone colors available for band. Cascading waterfall effects are represented in the mallet percussion and woodwinds, while an underlying rhythmic texture provides a flowing background for the lyric melody. The piece builds nicely to a full band climax before returning to a quiet and delicate mood for the close.
04003124/$60.00 (Grade 3)
Legend of Devil’s Lake
Depicting an ancient tale of battle between water serpents and giant thunderbirds, Michael’s dramatic work for young players provides plenty of imagery amid the dark sonorities and driving percussion contrasted with delicate melodies and rich harmonic textures. This multi-style composition provides an engaging and rewarding work for concert or festival.
04003145/$55.00 (Grade 2.5)
Discovery Plus - Grade 2
Captain America March
Alan Silvestri/arr. Paul Murtha
Carefully arranged for younger bands, here's a terrific arrangement of the exciting main theme from the blockbuster summer movie Captain America: The First Avenger.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from “The Lion King”)
Elton John and Tim Rice/arr. Michael Brown
Here’s the moving ballad from Disney’s landmark animation classic The Lion King in a wonderful setting for young players. Featuring brief solos for alto sax and trumpet, this arrangement also passes the melody around to various sections of the band. Popular programming at its best for any occasion.
Party Rock Anthem
Skyler Gordy, Stefan Gordy, David Listenbee and Peter Schroeder/arr. Michael Brown
Here’s the popular #1 hit in a rock solid, uptempo arrangement for young bands. With interesting parts for all sections (even the low brass) and a catchy melody riff, your band is sure to enjoy this one.
Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence, Thomas Callaway and Brody Brown/arr. Michael Brown
Recorded by Cee Lo Green but also featured on the TV show Glee (sung by Gwyneth Paltrow), this infectious tune is written in a style reminiscent of ‘60s Motown. Smartly scored for the entire band, this one is easy to learn and fun to play.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney/arr. Robert Longfield
Recorded by the Beatles in 1968, this classic ballad has remained popular through the years. This arrangement for young players opens with a trumpet solo followed by a statement in the woodwinds. The lower voices then get a chance at the melody before the full band takes over on the familiar chorus. Sure to be a favorite with your audience as well as your students.
Rolling in the Deep
Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth/arr. James Kazik
One of the hottest names in pop music today is Adele, and this bluesy, gospel style hit has been #1 in the US and also Europe. This solid arrangement by James Kazik features a driving soulful groove and will sound great with young players.
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