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Level 3

2022 Sightreading - 

Title -  A Classical Caper

Composer - Barbara Lambrecht

Key -  Bb changes to Eb at Meas 22

Time - 4/4 time throughout.  Allegro Moderato throughout

Plenty of 1 &__&3 4 and plenty of 1 2&3 4. Many places where the 8ths are slurred in the 1 2&34  rhythms. Lots of accidentals in 2nd trumpet and saxophones.

LOTS of Concert A naturals in 1st part and Concert Ab in 2nd.  

Opening several of low brass have 3 whole notes tied together. Baritone and Trombone part is often different than each other.

Fermata with GP at the end of Meas 4

There is a place where most of band releases a note on beat 3 and most of low brass releases on beat 1, 2 beats after the rest of the band.
There are some G# that the trumpets have and a tricky beat 2 entrance toward the middle that the trumpets also have.

Make sure your horns can enter on a d first space below the staff.

One tricky syncopated rhythm that everybody has in unison around measure 18.

The biggest trap is this: the main melody throughout this piece is a quarter note, rest, quarter note, rest rhythm, but at the end, it is just one quarter not per measure. This one is filled with traps and if we were not doing the sightreading pilot this year, we would have fell into the traps. It looks easy but it can cause havoc. Don't dwell too much on the beginning. Make sure that you get to the end, maybe even first thing.

Flutes have a slurred melody during Eb section and must play up to high F.

Lows really need to count. Tubas, bass clarinet, timpani, euphonium have an entrance after about 10 measures of rest. Two places where all band has staccato 8th notes with varying rhythms. Rest of piece is not staccato.

There is a mistake online with percussion instrumentation. It lists 6 instruments. But there are 7 percussion instruments. Triangle can play tambourine, but could be split between students Percussion parts are all independent of each other. Be sure your percussionists are not relying on each other. Lots of random entrances they must count for!

Very well written and appropriate piece for level 3 this year.

2021 Sight-reading

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.

2020 Sight-reading

Title - Intrada

Composer -Jack Wilds

Key - Eb

Time - 4/4

All phrases are 8 measure phrases.  Be careful to count trumpet entrances in meas 5.  Mostly grouped with ww ens/ tpt & horn/low brass and low reeds.  One instance where the horns are playing along with reeds without brass.  Multiple phrases that are 4& 1&2 3&4 1-(2)&3 4&.  Snares are off.  Some odd entrances where rest on count 4, off for 2 meas then re-enter midway through phrase.  Not difficult. 2 tympani

More info:  Melody does not start on tonic, starts on the 3rd. Main melody rhythm is played ALOT. 1&2,3&4 1-&3,4& 1 (then there’s 2 different rhythms followed) One spot where only trumpets have melody but there’s low brass accomp. A few percussion features bit timpani does not play during. Crash snare and bass only. 1 measure call and response from highs and lows near the end. Seems very short, around 50 ish measures

2019 Sight-reading

Title - Intrepid

Composer - Jack Wilds

Key - Bb throughout

Time - 4/4 throughout

Tempo: Moderate.


It has lots of dotted quarter eighth note rhythms. There are a couple of places that the scoring is thin, but nothing too unusual or tricky. There are two places where half the band ends a phrase on beat one with a quarter note followed by rests while the other half begins a phrase on the same beat one. NO ACCIDENTALS.  All in all VERY playable piece as long as students count and play basic rhythms.

-More info:  The trick with this one is staggered entrances throughout the whole piece, such as by trumpets, then flutes, then horns, then altos, etc.  Percussion has staggered entrances, too.  Clarinet crosses the break a few times.  Some random big leaps in alto range.

-Update 3/9 - Alto sax and clarinet have the following rhythm in the the middle of the piece: 1 2 3 &..., 1... & 3 & 4. 

2018 Sight-reading

Key:  Bb

Time Signature:  4/4

Notes from a director:  I don’t remember seeing any accidentals.  1st 4 measures are slow and pretty, the rest of the piece is faster.  Be careful not to go too fast.  Here are some of the tricks!  The 1st trumpet has a D while 2nd trumpet plays a B natural in a moving melody.  1st trumpet must get high enough.  They also have a pretty big skip to get there, something like F (bottom of staff), C (in the staff), D (in the staff). 


Flutes and Clarinets are required to come in on an upbeat 8th note after an 8th rest several times.  Their rhythm is something like - rest and 2 and 3 and 4.  The part has moving notes.  


Toward the beginning, Low brass has a repeated rhythm that goes something like - 1 and, and, and 4 and. 

Toward the end, there is a 2 part canon between the upper voices and the lower voices.  Trombones and Baritones will have to play the same melody that the upper winds are playing 2 beats apart from the upper winds.  This will make them think they are wrong if they are not careful.  Very difficult to get all of the tricks in this piece explained in 7 minutes.

More Level 3 info:

Slow 4 measure intro. Fermata. Grand pause. Then Allegro with half the band entering on 1 then others on the and of one

Other than the syncopation issues, practice with everyone on counting long multi-measure rests and coming in on beats 2, 3, or 4. There’s even some back to back multi-measure rests (two rehearsal numbers ). There is a wicked page turn for the Director. Trumpets, of course, are resting forever as woodwinds play. Then they have an entrance on beat 4 on the far right of the page. You must cue them or you're toast. Page turn, and Boom, they have melody. I asked to see a trumpet part as I was writing my sheet to confirm the multi-measure rests and odd entrances.

2017 Sight-reading

Key:  Eb/Bb/Eb

Time Signature:  4/4 throughout

Tempo:  Moderate/Andante/Moderato

Notes:  Piece is in ABA format.  

-Whole band has 1st theme together

-No accidentals

-Lots of 8th Quarter  8th Quarter Quarter (syncopation).  Some Dotted quarter eighth rhythms

-Lots of unison

-End of 1st section ends with fermata caesura

-2nd section is Bb, Andante

- Flute and sax melody, then low brass melody then they switch back and forth

-2nd section ends on fermata caesura

-3rd section has a trick:  Bands plays 3 4 1, then flutes enter on 2&3&4&1.  This repeats many times

-In general not much dynamic range, although ending is fortissimo

-measures ARE numbered (I think this is requirement)

-less than 80 measures long

-2 trumpets, 2 clarinets, low brass is mostly unison

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.

2015 Sight-reading

Title – In Shining Armor

Composer - unknown

Percussion - timpani, bass, snare, bells,

Key - two key changes. Eb, Bb, back to Eb

Tempo – Allegro/andante/allegro

Time signature – 4/4

Notes: Not many accidentals. Clarinet and trumpet have a lot of melody. ABA format. Ritardando and cesura at end of first A section and end of B section.  Many call and answer sections. 1 2&3 4 rhythm prevalent in ww/tpt melody. Low brass countermelody 3&4. Very playable

2014 Sight-reading

Title: Tribute & Celebration

Composer: Robert Bruce

Key: Eb throughout

Key of Eb throughout. 4/4 throughout. Andante at the beginning. Fermata at end of measure 4. No ritardando. Fermata 2/3 way in . Allegro afterwards still 4/4. Syncopation is 1 & & 3, 4. Accents on the &. Very playable by level three standards. More info from TYB...First 30 or so measures andante sostenuto. First five measures unison throughout the band. Two fermatas followed by a grand pause. Minor articulations to watch out for. Second half of the song is allegro with repeated syncopation rhythms. Concert Eb throughout. Triangle part mimics bass drum part, although there are times when triangle plays alone-strictly quarter notes/rests. Extremely playable song, even if you don't leave the room whistling the tune.