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Key - Bb

Time - 4/4

Very blocky. First 4 measures are unison rhythms (half, quarter quarter)

Part in the middle with no trumpets (I think no horn either but don’t quote me on that), saxophone clarinet and flute have melody, low brass has half quarter quarter accompaniment.

Measure 4 is 1 2 3 (rest) for the whole band

Crash cymbals have a LOT of rests

If you’ve played or are playing Quicksilver March by Fagan, it’s very similar

Percussion didn’t have sixteenth notes.  There’s a spot where trumpets come in 2 measures after everyone on a page turn in the score.


by Carol Brittin Chambers

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by William Carpenter

Key - Eb

Time - 4/4

Errata:  Measures 21 & 25, beat 2, remove the staccato in the bass clarinet, bassoon, and bari sax (should have been done by region host)

Moderate March tempo, No accidentals, Snare drum and bass drum only for 2 measures.  Target melody to reinforce Concert Ab.  The high voices have that melody nearly the entire time during that 8 bar phrase.

There's an 8 bar phrase where the low brass has the melody and then the highs have 1 2&3 4, where 8th notes are staccato.

More info: Snare has 1 2&3 4e&a 1. There is a jump in the low brass from a half note Ab (top line for tbn/Bari) to low C. The hardest part overall is that there is very little time to rest the chops. 36 measures long. No phrases when a section rests, everyone plays together, except for a two measure percussion transition.Kids sounded tired by the end.  Ensembles should also exaggerate on their dynamic levels since there is a p section in the middle.

Percussion:  Bells, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals


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by Jack Wilds

Key -  Bb throughout

Time - 4/4 throughout

Andante moderato (approx 100 bpm).  Everyone has same rhythm 1st 4 measures.  Hardest rhythm in winds is 1&2 3&4. Make sure notes are held full value on this rhythm.

Flute and Trumpet have 1 Rest Rest 4 (Flutes have at least 1 measure of it).  Hardest section seems to be low brass trading with high brass and back to low

Meas 1-12 Melody is in Flute/Oboe/Clar 1/Tpt 1.  Harmony is in Clar 2/Alto/Tpt 2

Need to pay close attention on not lengths, esp in harmony.

Meas 13-22 - Low to high voices handing off the melody.  Effectively a call and response.   Trumpets need to be confident in entrance and counting rests accurately

Meas 23-28 - Continue call and response, i.e. hand-offs.  Emphasize what dynamic they are coming in on

Meas 29-36 - Simple melody in low voices. High voice with rhythmic harmony.

Meas 37-42 - Recap of melody from meas 9-12.  Cresc to ff and the end

Percussion:  Snare has a repeating 1 & 2 &a3 & 4 &/ 1 & 2e&a3 & 4e&a;  Bass drum is easy.  Bells play with flutes.  Timpani has some easy isolated parts in meas 8 and 36.  Plays with low voices for the most part.  Other perc parts are crash cymbals and triangle, which are relatively simple parts

Make sure to play march style through and be confident on coming in after rests.  Breathe together!  Lots of high voice to low voice call and response

Ends in fortissimo.  Make sure to keep tone under control.

About halfway through piece, trumpets have melody with low brass accomp, then ww have melody with low brass accomp.  THERE IS A MEASURE OF TPT OR SAX BRIEF INTERLUDE.

Melody in

There is a spot where the low brass enter after resting and the only issue is that it’s on a page turn on the score. It shouldn’t be an issue but it could be easy for a director miss



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by 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


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by Carol Brittin Chambers

Key - Eb w/no accidentals

Time - 4/4 throughout.  No fermatas.

Little bit of call and answer between low brass and high brass/ww towards end.  Very playable and straight forward.  No accidentals. Main rhythm of 1 2&3 4, 1 2 3&4. Lots of dynamic changes. Subito piano crescendo last four measures.  Low brass have the melody one measure which is an arpeggio.  Make sure melodic lines are played the same each time in terms of style and note length.

More info:  Low brass, Horn, Saxes, and Bass Clarinet have a lot of concert Ab through. There is a section in the middle where trumpets and horns drop out for 4 measures; flutes and clarinet have melody, alto sax is a mix between melody and bass line. Last 8 measure start with a 1 2&3 4 call and response (low brass then everyone else). The subito piano at the end is just marked as piano but there is a crescendo the last two measures. There are several times where there are rhythmically unison 1 2&3 (rest) before a rehearsal mark. I do not recall seeing the 1 2 (rest) 4 1& (rest) (rest) 4 rhythm. I also do not remember seeing a spot where the woodwinds drop out.  After the 4 measure break in the trumpet and horn parts, the horns enter on their bottom line Eb.

Even more info - Easiest Level 1 since Pride of the America. If we had a Level 0.5, it would be this song. Short 36 measures. Flute/Oboe/Clarinet/Trumpet range is low concert Bb to concert F. Low Brass/Woodwinds range is Concert Eb to Concert Bb. French horns hover around their D-Eb-F pretty much the entire song. Low Brass need to be comfortable going from Eb to Ab and vice versa.

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Key - Bb throughout

Time - 4/4 throughout

Very basic rhythms.  Lots of 1 2&3 4 rhythms.  Some thin textured parts, also staggered entrances between ww and brass in the middle of the piece. Trumpets have a section where they rest 2 measures and then come in after rest of brass. Fanfare-ish. Tympani has quarter notes often.

More info:  Rhythmic things 1 2& 3 4  and 1 2 3 4& quarter note followed by dotted half note. Alto sax flute melody with low brass accomp. Low brass will see all 3 rhythms listed during a 4 measure ensemble crescendo. 16ths on beat 4 in percussion


by Jack Wilds

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