Throughout history, the awe-inspiring sight of a fleet of powerful warships never fails to impress. This full-sounding and dramatic work for first-year band projects the menacing thrill of naval power on display. You can increase the impact by adding as many players as you like to the percussion parts, creating a sonic broadside that will rouse your audience.
This piece was written to create a fun yet educational way for first-year players to develop their counting skills in a playful setting. Everyone recognizes the cute title; its meaning is brought to the fore as the conductor helps young players maneuver through various counting traps while they avoid being the one that plays on one of the rests.
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.
This selection for first-year bands was carefully written to sound full and mature, giving young players confidence and impressing audiences that a young band can sound so mature and accomplished. Not only will it have your group sounding miles ahead of their age and experience, it will give them a glimpse of the future and the many great musical moments they have waiting for them in the miles ahead.