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Level 2

2022 Sightreading

Title -  Big Creek Overture

Composer - unknown

Key - Bb, changing to Eb in middle.  

Time - 4/4 throughout. Andante start changing to march tempo/style

Beginning has several crescendo/decrescendos.  Key change/tempo/style change at meas 25.  Detached style.  Ritardando about 2 or 3 measure before with fermata and GP before key change.

Need to watch out for concert A naturals in 1st 8 meas.

Mostly flute, clarinet and trumpet melody throughout.  Saxophone does have melody at times.

Biggest issue seems to be the Ab/A-naturals in low brass.  Very playable

After key change is similar to Washington Post.

Most complicated rhythm is dotted-quarter, 8th, half-note.
Baritone and tuba are separate lines. All those A naturals in the beginning are in the baritone/trombone line. once the key change happens trumpets don’t play a Bb until the end of the piece. They have time to forget the key signature.

Last note is whole note tied to 8th.  Make sure kids are watching for your cutoff.

2021 Sight-reading

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.

2020 Sight-reading

Title - Summer Glen

Composer - 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.

2019 Sight-reading

Title - Citadel

Composer - Jack Wilds

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 ryhthms listed during a 4 measure ensemble crescendo. 16ths on beat 4 in percussion

2018 Sight-reading

Piece: Paramount Fanfare

Composer: Mark Lortz

Key:  Bb throughout

Time Signature: 4/4

Tempo:  Allegro moderato

Notes;  Courtesy accidentals can be confusing to kids.  

Piece beings with half notes on all parts

Measures 4-5 are percussion break

Measures 3, 8 and 12 have fp on long tones

Measures 16-20 Flute soli with percussion break.  Must balance

Concert Ab and Db accidentals

Accents and staccatos all over the place

Measures 47-50 Flute has moving eighth notes while band has long tones.  Balance this

Measure 55 - Quarter note followed by dotted half in all parts except flute

Several long slurred phrases in piece

All watch out for accidental trumpets Bb on occasion

Errata: Timpani - F, Bb is indicated below the first measure, but should be - F, Bb, Eb (there are 3 pitches on the part).  Please mark score and part.


Percussion 3 - there are no labels on the actual part that indicate when the triangle vs. crash cymbal are played.  The upper note on line 5 is the triangle, the lower note on space 4 is the crash cymbal.

More information:

Should be called Accidental Fanfare
It’s written in Bb but there are so many concert Ab accidentals in Flute, tpt, cl, and trb, and bar lines that it leads me to believe it actually is in the key of Eb major tonally. Also, Alto saxes have b-flat accidentals, 2nd tpts, 2nd cl. see e-flat accidentals, and horns see Ab accidentals a few times.

Piece starts out with big unison half notes for two measures in fanfare style, but no percussion.
M.3 - drums add in and the half notes continue. There is a 2 measure drum break with exposed snare,bass, timpani (think Olympic fanfare) the band comes back in with big unison half notes and these contain the Db concert accidentals in horn, alto, 2nd tpt and 2nd cl, and that concludes the intro.

The first main phrase begins with cl, tpt melody. Low brass has relatively easy accomp. There is a small rhythm trap for drummers in this phrase. They have an awkward beat 2 entrance for snare bass timp. They have to be good rest counters.

2nd chunk of the song- Totally exposed flute riff. Snare and flutes play alone for 4 measures followed by big low winds whole note entrance. And another 4 measures of accomp to the flute riff.

3rd chunk of the song- clarinets and middle voices have a lyrical section it’s between C and A on the clarinet so doesn’t go over break.

4th chunk- the same lyrical passage is repeated but there’s one big trick here. Tpts play the same exact lyrical passage but offset by one measure! So you have a round happening basically. This works best if you cue the Tpts. Don’t let them just try to enter on their own.

5th chunk - Fanfare returns but now in moving Quarters. Flutes have independent part! Flutes have 6 moving eights in a row so this maybe hardest technical passage for them.

6th chunk - this rhythm becomes the main rhythmic motif - 1 2 3 4&. With staccato articulation on the 4&.

Last section- nothing to bad here except they throw in one tricky rhythm - quarter note followed by dotted half. “1 2——“

Overall fanfare at the start. Exposed flute. Lyrical mid section that becomes a round with the trumpets, then back to fanfare to finish.

Concert Ab accidentals everywhere and they carry through the measure.

2017 Sight-reading

Piece: ...To The Rescue

Composer: Beck

Key: Bb throughout

Time Signature:  3/4 changes to 4/4

Tempo:  Andante Tranquillo changes to Allegro

Notes:  Very playable. Opens in concert Bb and stays the whole way. 

-Starts in 3/4 and changes to 4/4 about halfway.

-3/4 section has a 4 bar introduction with dotted half notes.  Half notes and quarter are common and frequent in the accompaniment (low brass)

-Lots of quarter notes (1 2 3) in melody

-1st Clarinet, 1st Tpt and Flute have melody

-Opening is Andante Tranquillo.

-Measure 5:  1st theme - very playable 3/4 melody (flutes and tpts have lots A naturals)

-FH and alto sax have counter melody that 1&2 3. Very playable and not high.  In D, E, F, G region on horn

-Very long rest for FL and other high winds then a very awkward entrance at m 12

-Low Brass have some 1&2 3 rhythms

-Lots of accidentals, mainly concert Ab, as get closer to fermata and caesura

-There is a fermata and caesura with a release to end the 3/4 section.

-In the middle is a time signature change to 4/4 and a tempo change to allegro.

-The 4/4 begins with a 4 measure drum break. Very active snare, bass, and triangle. Snare plays: 1& 2e&a 3& 4e&a over and over again.   That’s the main riff for the 2nd half of the song.

-Full band minus low brass enters with 1 2&3 4&1 2&3 4&1 2&3 4

-8th notes marked with staccatos

-Accidental on beat for all of the melody (concert Ab) in flute, 1st tpt, 1st clarinet - gives tune modal sound

-After 8 measures low brass enters with same riff, but THERE'S A TRAP! There is a rest on beat one after 2 measures of the riff.

-Measure 39 - very playable section.  Low brass has half note 2 quarter pattern repeated ad nauseum, with occasional 2 8ths on beat 4.

-High voices have 1 2&3 4 over and over again in a somewhat modal riff.  Lots of concert Ab's

-Ending - Unison whole note with a breath mark

-Measure of 2 half notes then unison whole note

-Last measure has a trap - REST ON ONE!!  Then 2&3

Every so often is an accidental usually to concert Ab. Watch the last measure. Everyone is in unison on concert Bb and rhythm is quarter rest on beat 1, eighth note pair on beat 2 and quarter note on beat 3 with a quarter rest on beat 4.


-Clar. 1 goes over the break  and Trumpet 1 to 4th line D

2016 Sight-reading

Piece:  Variations on Schubert Theme

Composer:  Michael Worthington

Percussion:  Snare/BD/Triangle/Crash Cym/Mallets/Tympani

Key:  Eb throughout

Tempo:  Moderato 4/4 with ritard towards end

Notes:  4 to 5 concert A naturals in flute, clarinet, trumpet and trombone and flutes have B naturals.  Pay close attention to slurs vs tongued notes(slur 2, tongue 2).  Some style changes.  Some 1 2&3 4& backgrounds with staccato on 8th notes.


More info (3/16/16) - The composer's name is Michael worthington. The rit at the end has a dotted half/quarter in all the winds, but a 16th based snare line. Percussion are the only non-unison rhythms. The Slur 2/Tongue 2 PATTERNS Involve Lots Of 4th Jumps, especially in flutes/clarinets. There is a thinly scored legato section in the middle with melody between flutes and clarinets. It is unclear who exactly has the melody. At one point, flutes sustain a b natural concert while clarinets are on Eb concert, creating sounds some major dissonance students might hear as wrong notes. Hope this helps.

2015 Sight-reading

Title: Variations on a Theme by Haydn. It is surprise Symphony

Composer: unknown

Percussion: snare, bass, timpani, bells, Triangle..

Key:  Eb all way through. A natural accidentals

Time Signature: 4/4 throughout

Tempo: Leggerio and marcato.

Notes:  One fermata at end of first section. Exposed cl and sax and triangle. Dotted quarter 8th 2 times in a row. Melody in trumpet at first with low brass on 1 and 3

2014 Sight-reading

Piece: Block Party

Composer: William Owens



NO tempo changes or other funny business. Very straight forward. Per William Owens, there are NO dotted quarter-eights! Very playable!More info: Low Brass melody - "something tells me I'm into something good" and I think a variation of Skip to my Lou? There is a section where the LB takes the melody but it's not that bad. Many 1's for this piece.