The contrasting styles and intriguing percussion effects of this work will immediately appeal to your ensembles. The soft, lyrical chant-like melody at the beginning creates the atmosphere of ancient warriors preparing for imminent battle. An abrupt increase in tempo changes the mood as the conflict begins with the percussion leading the way. This thrilling work has very comfortable ranges, and the safe and powerful scoring will have your band sounding extremely confident and mature.
Assemble the Minions was originally composed for and dedicated to the members of the Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Class of 2013 orchestra program. This group had a special bond with their teacher, composer Jeffrey S. Bishop, and the term "minions" became attached to this talented group of hard-working and often mischievous musicians. From the hard-driving rhythms to the almost comical middle section, the piece has a buoyancy and playful character reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons.
This is a dynamic and energetic piece written for young bands, perfect for an exciting concert opener or as a spirited concert closer or encore selection. The rhythms used are specifically selected to be syncopated and active in order to be totally engaging for both musicians and audiences. This special attention-grabbing element gives it a special appeal as a concert or festival program selection.
This programmatic work for young band introduces students to the inherent power of music for telling stories and inspiring imagination. The suspenseful and evocative introduction sets the stage as the tension slowly builds. The mood then shifts and the action ramps up, marked by an exciting allegro that reflects an exciting race to freedom with danger close behind. This musical adventure brings a whole new dimension to young band programming, either alone or with other adventure works in the series: Dragon Fire and Dragon Flight.
The warm, lyric nature of Evening Song creates a quiet and peaceful moment on concert programs. The flowing melodic lines create a calm and serene setting reminiscent of the peace and tranquility that comes at the end of a long and eventful day. While quiet in nature, the work makes a strong statement about the ability of music to directly influence one's emotion and feelings.
Mysterious and intriguing ghost lights, also known as "will-o'-the-wisps" and "spook lights," have been seen around the world. Such ghost-light sightings were reported around the town of Joplin, Missouri starting in 1881. Witnesses say the balls of fire vary in size from a baseball to a basketball and spin down the road before rising above the tree tops and disappearing into the night. The creative writing and special effects of this evocative work re-create the eerie atmosphere of this mysterious phenomenon. This effect can be further enhanced by performing the piece in a darkened auditorium with flashlights creating your very own ghost-light effects.
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.
Rondeau Royale was carefully composed to address the needs of both advancing and developing band students. The melody, countermelody and accompaniment include varied articulations as well as changes in dynamics and texture. It's written in a rondo form where, after the introduction, the main theme is stated, followed by short episodes that change the texture and character of the piece. The title Rondeau Royale takes on the French spelling, essentially translating as a "royal" or "regal" rondo.
This touching folk song is also known as The Turtle Dove and it captures the essence of the Aeolion mode in a warm, somber, yet flowing melodic line. Appearing in numerous versions, the song is a musical gem that has been passed down in various forms from one folk singer to another. The song may have originated as a 17th century broadside; though many well-known composers have used it as inspiration, this version for band is completely fresh in conception.
The Thunderer was written by "The March King," John Philip Sousa, in 1889; it was said that it was Mrs. Sousa's favorite march. This well-known march is adapted here for young bands and still retains all the charm and appeal of the original. With the woodwind parts lowered and the rhythms and snare drum part simplified, it's very playable by most middle school bands. It's a great way for young musicians to experience the music of this famous composer while learning to play in classic march style with separation and dynamic contrast.