Chanukah Medley for Band contains true Jewish folk music associated with this joyous holiday. The tuneful and contrasting songs included are: Maoz Tzur; Oseh Shalom; S'vivon; Mi Yamaiel; Chanukah and My Dreidel. The combination of these meaningful as well as colorful selections provides a distinct international flavor for the perfect addition to any winter or holiday concert. The reasonable ranges and accessible technical passages make it playable by many middle schools bands and can be performed by high school bands with minimal rehearsal time.
Christmas on the Thames is a fantasy of English Christmas carols circling around the beloved melody I Saw Three Ships. It reflects the buzz of activity both on the streets of London and on board a schooner bound for port loaded with cargo and gifts. Decorations are put in the shop windows; the aroma of warm chestnuts and puddings fill the air; carolers sing and wassail is drunk. The piece culminates with the ship pulling up to the dock to the sounds of celebratory cheers and ringing church bells. Merry Christmas, guv'nor!
This well-known holiday favorite receives a new twist in this arrangement for first-year players. The clever setting is written to be performed as a full-band piece or as a percussion ensemble feature for seven players. Another performance option is to have the band play the opening two bars followed by just the percussion performing the first time through. On the repeat the band can join in for a full-ensemble finish, making a nice change in presentation - perfect for any holiday or winter band concert.
Bring back memories of a bygone era with this light and breezy musical journey through a scenic country landscape. Brisk and lighthearted, you can almost feel the gentle breeze and sun on your face as the pleasantly rhythmic sound of horses' hooves whisks you along in a horse-dawn carriage. Appropriate for year-round performances, you can add the optional sleigh bell part for delightful winter treks over snow-covered trails on your winter or holiday programs.
The Christmas season is an exciting time filled with wonder and marvel and is certainly the most musical time of the year - everywhere we turn we are treated to the festive "sounds of the season." Two of the most regal carols, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Good King Wenceslas are gracefully combined into this energetic presentation for young players. It gives young bands the opportunity to explore new challenges while giving them some wonderful material for their winter concert.
On a Catalonian Carol is a setting of the traditional Catalan carol El Noi de la Mare (The Child of the Mother). This lyric carol originates from the Catalan region of Spain, and the stylish influences of that country are evident in the flowing lines of the touching melody. This setting is not a direct transcription of the song but rather a carefully scored rendition that supports and enhances the elements of the original, allowing the simple beauty of the melody to be placed on full display.
American pop culture is full of examples of the merging and melding of different artistic styles that end up with surprising and entertaining results. This work for young band is no exception as the timeless music of Tchaikovsky often heard at the holidays trades in ballet shoes for guiros and timbales. Many of the original rhythms of the ballet music have been altered to convey an authentic-sounding samba dance style. Holding true to the form of the original work, this setting of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy presents a decidedly different twist on a holiday classic, allowing students to learn to play a wonderful Latin dance style.