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Level 0.5

Title -  Bold

Composer - Jack Wilds

Key - Eb throughout

Time - 4/4 throughout.  Andante Moderato

2 tympani.  20 MEASURES LONG.  Simple rhythms.  No key changes, no time changes.  No accidentals.  No dynamics and no articulation markings.  Very straightforward. 


From a director:  On the score - on pages 4 - end, the conductor’s score will say Bold & Breezy, not Bold. The music is correct. On measure 5 of the conductor’s score, the flute part is missing two quarter notes, but it is correct on the music. Lots of unison rhythms 2 clarinet/2 trumpet parts, but they are mostly unison throughout the music. They have a C against a D on some of the 8th notes.  You should be able to go through this level many times and have time left.  This is basically the Level 1 cut down to 20 measures.

Measures 1-6 is blocked - on the opening melody everyone goes down while the horn/alto sax go up.  Square 7 & 13 is flute/oboe/clarinet/tpt melody.  Alto and horn join melody at Meas 10-11 and 16-17.  Low brass need to pay special attention to their Ab.  Last 4 measures are block.

Common snare rhythm is 1 2&3&4& / 1 2&3 4e&a

NOTE:  The rehearsal numbers don't fall on the phrases.  

Level 1

Title - Bold and Breezy

Composer - Jack Wilds

Key - Eb throughout

Time - 4/4 throughout.  Andante moderato

Slightly longer than 0.5.  No accidentals.  Very straightforward.  Lots of block writing.  Watch brass entrance at m 17 as it doesn't fall smoothly with phrase.  Snare part is tricky for this level of SR.  Lots of varying eighth-sixteenth patterns.  Not usual repetitive patterns. Measures 1-6 is blocked - on the opening melody everyone goes down while the horn/alto sax go up.  Square 7 & 13 is flute/oboe/clarinet/tpt melody.  Low brass take melody at Meas 16, trumpet and horn join at 20 with a crescendo being at Meas 20.  Square 21 - everyone has 1 2&3 4.  Some have 1 2&3 rest.  Meas 22 Trp/horn/tbone out, then Meas 24 Flute/oboe/clarinet alto out. Meas 25 Low Brass interval jum from top line Ab to 2nd line Bb.  Decrescendo at 26 and crescendo at 28.  Meas 29 and 30 is percussion only.  Square 31 - Low Brass and Low winds play melody with trumpet.  Everyone joins at 33.  Last 4 measure is block, crescendo to end.


Should be able to rehearse several times through with time left over.

There is a measure where the snare is written stems down and the bass drum is resting. Normally snare is stems ups. The rhythm is clearly for the snare, but some younger kids might get confused.

Level 2

Title - Cedar Creek Roundup

Composer - Carol Brittin Chambers

Key - Eb throughout

Time - 4/4 throughout with one tempo change (adagio/allegro moderato)

There’s an eight measure introduction marked adagio. It ends with a fermata but there is no ritardando. After the fermata, there is a set of railroad tracks (cesura). The tempo changes to allegro moderato. The low brass and low woodwinds set up a bassline that reoccurs throughout the piece it’s a four measure line. After that the melody comes in. The most complicated rhythm in the melody is dotted quarter note, eighth note, 2 quarter notes. There are occasional spots with 2 eighth notes that are tongue slur articulation. There are no accidentals. The piece is very playable. It’s also very melodic and actually sounds like a well written piece of music for this level. All in all it was very well written and very playable.  No tricks.

Level 3

Title - Tango de Pueblo Pequeno

Composer - Dena Drumm

Key - Bb throughout

Time - 4/4 throughout

No accidentals. Altos, French horn and trombones start with syncopation 1+, + 3, 4. Flutes, clarinets trumpets start with Melody. Starts song with it saying "Detached" and has a Spanish feel. Altos and French horn take over melody in the middle section. Middle section: style changes to "Legato" and dotted quarter 8th notes in melody. Last section repeats beginning, in an A B A form. Percussion (snare) have a tricky rhythm: dotted quarter note, +a, 3+, 4. Several crescendos and decrescendos. All in all it's not too bad.

More notes:  goes between detached and legato styles.  Trombone part is different than trombone.  At square 25, trumpet has melody with only low brass support.  Horn/alto sax/trombone have the following rhythm many times 1& &3 4.  Tricky snare part part 1& &a 3 4.  Meas 33 and 34 is percussion feature.  There are several times that percussion play by themselves on beat 4:  snare alone in Meas 24, BD in several measures, big crash cymble on beat 4 in Meas 34.

Level 4

Title:  Unknown

Composer:  Clifton Jones

Key:  F to Bb

Time Signature:  4/4 to 3/4

Style: Moderato to Allegro

Level 5

Title:  Snake River Sage

Composer: William Owens

Key:  Eb to Bb (7 measures) to Eb

Time Signature: 4/4 throughout

Tempo: Allegro/Andante/Allegro

E natural & Db accidentals in the first section, Db in last section. *8th followed by 2 6ths - happens on beat one or beat 3. Dotted 8th/16th *Dotted quarter/8th *8th-quarter-8th syncopation occurs either on beat one or beat 3 (but not both in the same measure). Fermata and GP to go to Bb, direct change to return to Eb.  Contrast in articulation markings is important. Multiple articulation syles throughout (staccato, accents, tenuto, etc). Perc is very straightforward Very reader friendly for a level 5. 

No Level 6 due to Covid-19


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