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New 2013 Additions to the Alabama Concert Band Music List

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La Procession du Rocio

Alabama AA
Louisiana 5

      **New**

New 2013

90-2918-2

Joaquín Turina/ arr. Alfred Reed

Dur: 8:30
Level: 5
Publisher: Hal Leonard, 04003147
$85.00

Composer Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) was a native of Spain, but was influenced early in his career by the impressionistic harmonies of Debussy and Ravel while studying in Paris. Upon returning to Spain he drew inspiration from Spanish folk music with La Procession du Rocio becoming one of his best-known works. The music portrays a festival and procession that takes place in the Triana neighborhood of Seville, and is filled with wonderful idiomatic Spanish musical elements. Alfred Reed’s marvelous transcription created in 1962 remains an enduring staple in the repertoire for wind bands.

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Free Running

Alabama AA

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New 2013

90-3036-2

by Robert Buckley

Dur: 5:10
Level: 5
Publisher: Hal Leonard, 4003159
$85.00

Free Running is an exciting, high velocity tour-de-force that will keep both musicians and the audience on the edge of their seats. Inspiration for the work came from the pointillistic paintings of Seurat (who created images by using tiny spots of primary colors on his canvas) and from Parkour, a form of urban acrobatics in which participants, known as free runners, use the structures of the rural landscape to perform catlike leaps and sprints. The resulting creation is a non-stop piece of music made up of only staccato notes in a constant rhythm moving through different sections of the ensemble. Free Running was commissioned by the Troy University Symphony Band for the 2011 Alabama Music Educators Association Convention. Ideal for concert or festival use, it is guaranteed to leave the audience breathless!

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Along an English Countryside

Alabama A

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New 2013

91-3035-4

by Richard L. Saucedo

Dur: 2:55
Level: 5
Publisher: Hal Leonard, 04003201
$85.00

Composed in 12/8 and entirely in one energetic tempo, this masterful work is a musical tribute to the late Sir Malcolm Arnold, one of the most notable English composers of our time. The opening section features a variety of short solo statements of the theme, which then leads to well-timed and impressive declarations from the entire ensemble. Within in the confines of this brief yet impressive work, Richard manages to skillfully capture feelings of both seriousness and playfulness. Along an English Countryside is wonderful as a program opener for festival or contest.

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Sensus Vitae

Alabama A

     **New**

New 2013

91-3616-1

by Nathan Daughtrey

Dur: 4:20
Level: 4
Publisher: C Alan Publications, 19530
$92.00

Sensus Vitae, or “the meaning of life,” is a bright and colorful 4-minute fanfare and chorale that grabs you from the opening cascades of woodwinds and keyboard percussion. Written for the Wake Forest University Wind Ensemble, the work cleverly (and subtly) weaves the school’s fight song into the texture.

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  Elegy on an Evening Hymn

Alabama BB

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New 2013

90-3614-6

by David Holsinger

Dur: 5:55
Level: 4.5
Publisher: TRN Music, CBELE5
$95.00

The Elegy was commissioned by the Mississippi Bandmasters Association to honor the lives and legacy of the late Mr. and Mrs. John McArthur, long time band directors and the only husband and wife team ever inducted into the MBA Hall of Fame. In the annals of Mississippi high school band music, they were a legendary couple whose standards of excellence set the level for all others in the state to attain. However, as with all teachers, especially music teachers, their legacy extended far beyond the classroom into the personal and professional lives of many students over their 40+ year careers.

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Alabama BB

     **New**

New 2013

90-3213-7

by David Holsinger

Dur: 5:55
Level: 4.5
Publisher: TRN Music, CBPYR1
$95.00

From the Composer: Band Directors Frank Amato and Ed Webber initially contacted me for a commission to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey. However, Frank and Ed also wanted to honor Sister Dolores Margaret IHM for her 25 years of leadership as the music supervisor at Immaculata High and asked if I would consider writing a celebration work based in part on one of the Sister’s favorite hymns. Of those hymns submitted I chose one entitled Immaculate Mary, which is one the most popular and favorite hymns dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. The words to the hymn are of an anonymous nature, but the tune is that of a traditional Pyrenean melody, particularly from that geographic area where the shepherd girl, St Bernadette (Saint Marie-Bernarde Soubrious) was born.

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Alabama BB

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New 2013

90-3475-2

by Clarence Barber

Level: 4
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters, 50100125
$75.00

Hymn Tune Fantasy is based upon a hymn entitled Holy Manna from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (no. 103). Holy Manna is unusual in melodic and harmonic content and was purportedly written by William Moore.

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Alabama BB

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New 2013

90-3275-6

by Vince Gassi

Dur: 4:30
Level: 4
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-39647
$80.00

The Vikings, Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, the Freemasons, the Knights Templar, and Marie Antoinette — these are the legends of Oak Island and its two hundred year old tale of exploration and intrigue in Nova Scotia, Canada. With bold themes and energetic drive, this musical odyssey captures the sense of adventure that has surrounded the ongoing quest for buried treasure.

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Alabama BB

     **New**

New 2013

90-3248-3

by Todd Salter

Dur: 3:05
Level: 4.5
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-39645
$75.00

This fast-paced, swirling vortex of sound, with swift melodies and grooving background rhythms, is woven together with changing time signatures and plentiful use of percussion. It is an aural impression of the whirling rotors and unique maneuvers of a helicopter.

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Laideronnette

Alabama B

     **New**

New 2013

90-3273-1

Maurice Ravel/arr. Brian Beck

Dur: 3:30
Level: 4
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-39644
$75.00

From Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, this piece tells the tale of a Chinese princess falling under a curse that transforms her into an ugly little girl. Laideronnette exiles herself from her family and land but is rescued by a green serpent. As their love grows for one another, the curse is lifted, and they live happily ever after on the island of the Pagodas.

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Alabama B

     **New**

New 2013

90-3144-4

by Thomas Doss

Dur: 5:30
Level: 4<
Publisher: Hal Leonard (Mitropa Music), 44011178
$85.00

The Latin word “momentum” has come to mean many different things in our language: a short period of time, a force, or a speed of movement. In our current times of around-the-clock high speed and energy, the composer wanted to write a reflective and meditative piece that focuses on the moment at hand.

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Alabama B

     **New**

New 2013

90-3403-4

by Gary Ziek

Dur: 4:00
Level: 4
Publisher: Wingert Jones Publications, 3016501
$70.00

Highly volatile and remarkably intense, this is the just the type of attention grabber you’ll want to include on your next concert. Named for the god of vengeance and retribution in Greek mythology, this work projects a powerful feeling of growing suspense and impending drama. Draw the listener in with this ominous opening number for concerts or festivals.

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Alabama B

     **New**

New 2013

90-3403-4

by Douglas Akey

Dur: 4:50
Level: 3+
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music, GMM319
$70.00

This piece was written in honor of Will Norris, the long–time band director at Altadena Middle School.

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Azure Hills

Alabama C
Louisiana 1
Mississippi 1A

     **New**

New 2013

90-1367-3

by Steve Hodges

Level: 1.5

Dur: 3:24
Year: 2010
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-33825
$48.00

Azure Hills is a lyrical ballad that presents the band with many opportunities for expressive playing. The theme is lightly presented by the flutes, then followed by another statement in the trumpets with added textures in the accompaniment. The second statement features some interesting harmonies by the woodwinds before leading into a very expressive final presentation of the melody with an added woodwind countermelody. A stirring variation and development leads to a very effective and climactic ending where melodic motives are passed from section to section as the piece winds down to a quiet, reflective conclusion.           Bookmark and Share
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Alabama C

     **New**

New 2013

90-3523-9

by Brian Balmages

Dur: 2:45
Level: 2.5
Year: 2013
Publisher: FJH Music, B1546
$55.00

Concert band meets bluegrass in this innovative work that infuses a multitude of stylistic influences within a contemporary framework. Making use of traditional instruments such as washboard and spoons, this piece features an infectious melody that grooves in the true bluegrass tradition. A superb option for groups looking for an alternative to the composer’s famous Jungle Dance!

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Alabama C

     **New**

New 2013

90-3421-6

by Shirley Mier

Dur: 4:15
Level: 2.5
Publisher: Alfred, 00-39628
$60.00

Beginning with a celebratory fanfare, followed by a hushed yet animated melody in the clarinets, the music intensifies, growing in excitement and volume while exploring different themes and sounds as various instrument groups are highlighted. After a moment of reflection and remembrance, the original melody returns in a new key, with a new melody joining in counterpoint as the music drives ever faster toward its exhilarating conclusion.           Bookmark and Share
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Alabama C

     **New**

New 2013

90-3281-4

by Benjamin Tucker

Dur: 4:05
Level: 2
Publisher: Alfred, 00-39626
$60.00

This colorful and exciting overture will make a great addition to any concert or festival program. A dark, flowing introduction provides a recurring motive that contrasts with the energetic syncopation in the main theme. A rhythmic woodwind descant with optional piccolo enhances the level of energy, providing a dramatic finish.

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Age of Empires

Alabama D

     **New**

New 2013

90-3454-7

by Rob Grice

Dur: 4:26
Level: 2
Publisher: Daehn Publications, DP200402
$72.00

Tell the story of the Great Wall of China through the impressive music of this young-band work. Overflowing with color and contrast, it also uses superb percussion scoring in describing this seventh wonder of the world. It has all the elements that appeal to young players and make them sound great!

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Alabama D

     **New**

New 2013

90-3590-8

by Randall Standridge

Dur: 2:18
Level: 2
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music, GMM298
$65.00

Based on two rhythmic motifs, this tightly knit composition is aggressive from start to finish. Adding to the excitement is driving percussion writing and creative use of dissonance. This will totally engage and thrill your students!

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Alabama D

     **New**

New 2013

90-3334-1

by Joseph Compello

Dur: 1:45
Level: 0.5
Publisher: Carl Fischer, PPS15
$45.00

Anasazi Legend is an original contest-style composition written to accommodate the performance capabilities of the youngest of beginning bands. The title refers to the ancient Anasazi culture which mysteriously disappeared from what is now the American Southwest centuries ago. A striking and forceful work that your students and audiences will love.

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Alabama D   

     **New**

New 2013

90-3265-7

by Michael Story

Dur: 2:15
Level: 2
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-BDM00001
$55.00

Scored in a lilting three-quarter meter, this delicious melody, by an unknown composer, was originally scored to accompany Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name. The story is of the narrator’s deep love for a woman who lived by the sea, and whose untimely death is mourned every night by the narrator as he sleeps next to her tomb by the ocean. The beautiful melody, charismatically harmonized, musically depicts that undying love and provides a meaningful opportunity to teach expressive and lyrical performance. A charming addition to the developing band repertoire.

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Alabama D
     

     **New**

New 2013

90-3542-9

by Tyler S. Grant

Dur: 1:45
Level: 1.5
Publisher: FJH Music, B1558
$45.00

Open your concert with this bold anthem featuring majestic themes, driving rhythms, and contrasting lyrical passages. Ranges are extremely conservative so students will have an enormous sound as they perform this musical celebration, yet will still have plenty of chops left to tackle the rest of your program. Dynamic!

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Beyond the Riverbend

Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3283-0

by Robert Sheldon

Dur: 3:40
Level: 2
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-39623
$55.00

This composition is inspired by the Susquehanna River, capturing the spirit of hope and optimism as each of us searches for what is in our future, beyond our own “riverbend.”

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3329-1

by Alan Lee Silva

Dur: 2:1
Level: 1.5
Publisher: Carl Fischer, FPS108
$55.00

From its commanding opening phrase, Bridges sets a regal tone in an Americana style as the full ensemble plays the introduction with power and energy. The work creates contrast with more staccato, dance-like articulations but the piece always returns to the strong opening material. It is signature Alan Lee Silva at his best!

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3317-6

by Sean O’Loughlin

Dur: 2:50
Level: 1.5
Publisher: Carl Fischer, FPS104
$50.00

Using only the notes of the C-minor scale, Chant and Ritual Dance is an undemanding yet useful showpiece for a young band. This composition draws its mood from the brave opening statement that is reiterated in the Chant portion of the piece and also becomes the basis of the Ritual Dance.

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Contempo

Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

91-8219-7

by Michael Story

Dur: 3:17
Level: 2
Publisher: Alfred Music (Belwin), 00-BDM04010
$55.00

Michael Story has again written an original work with progressive elegance. The composition features a few soloistic sounds, all solidly cued, and avid percussion contributions complete the setting. The concrete scoring work will ensure an impressive musical presentation.

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Counterbalance

Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3422-4

by Todd Stalter

Dur: 4:00
Level: 2.5
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-39634
$55.00

This exciting work explores musical opposites—long vs. short, soft vs. loud, high vs. low, smooth vs. angular. It will be sure to energize your ensemble on your next concert!

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3337-4

by Sean O’Loughlin

Dur: 2:24
Level: 1.5
Publisher: Carl Fischer, FPS103
$50.00

Dominion is a composition for the developing band that captures emotions during the time of war. The term “dominion” is often used in history to describe British rule, and in science fiction, t is used to describe certain ruling factions in space. Either way, a call to action is necessary to preserve the dominion’s rule. Sean O’Loughlin taps into the student’s love for forceful, cinematic-type music with this exceptional piece.

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3315-0

by Sean O’Loughlin

Dur: 3:19
Level: 2
Publisher: Carl Fischer, YPS119
$60.00

Elation’s celebratory nature is contrasted by a thoughtful minor section in the middle of the work. This piece is musically challenging, but well worth it for your band. Alert your contest list committee. This has all of the makings of a standard for young bands!

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-2933-1

by David Shaffer

Dur: 5:06
Level: 3
Publisher: C L Barnhouse, FPS96
$50.00

Written as a tribute to Mike Bandman, Ruth Moore and Jeff Worth, band directors in Gurnee School District 56 Gurnee, Illinois in recognition of their 94 years of combined service to the band and music programs, The Eternal Journey opens with a strong brass flourish and delightfully simple melodic statement which is developed throughout the composition. The slower middle section is a powerful hymn-like setting written as an expression of gratitude from a grateful music community, leading us into a dramatic and powerful conclusion. The Eternal Journey is a perfect festival piece and is sure to be one of your student’s favorite.

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3346-5

by Chris Bernotas

Dur: 4:00
Level: 2
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-39627
$50.00

This powerful and engaging piece was inspired by the floods brought upon by Hurricane Irene, and pays homage to the innate human ability to rise from disaster and persevere with strength and pride.

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3546-0

by Mekel Rogers

Dur: 2:00
Level: 1.5
Publisher: FJH Music, B1547
$50.00

Inspired by the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this piece depicts the climactic chase through the night as Holmes and Watson try to save the last of the Baskerville family from a murderous hound. After a dramatic introduction, the race is on as the music builds furiously with layered countermelodies and a wealth of percussion activity. Frantic and intense, this is sure to be a student favorite!

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House of Lords

Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3524-7

by Mekel Rogers

Dur: 1:45
Level: 1
Publisher: FJH Music, B1542
$40.00

A dynamic opening with majestic chords and a pulsating woodwind ostinato sets the stage for this festival selection or concert opener. The air of nobility throughout the piece evokes the upper house of the Medieval English Parliament for which the work is named. Uplifting music that incorporates fanfare-style playing with legato passages and active percussion writing. Certain to be a hit!

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-2123-9

by Sean O’Loughlin

Dur: 2:32
Level: 1.5
Publisher: Carl Fischer, FPS94
$50.00

Ironclad is a term often used to describe hearty sailing vessels, and this piece of the same name describes the never-ending battle between pirates and sailors. In 3/4 time, Ironclad is serious, yet imaginative. Your students will really wow the audience and judges with this impressive display of musicality.

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3285-5

by John O’Reilly

Dur: 5:20
Level: 2
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-39631
$55.00

The term jubilee is used to describe a time of rejoicing and also the celebration of a 50th anniversary. This exciting new composition by John O’Reilly sets a joyous tone as he celebrates the 50th anniversary of his wedding, college graduation, and first publication.

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3347-3

by Sean O-Loughlin

Dur: 2:18
Level: 0.5
Publisher: Carl Fischer, PPS13
$45.00

Omicron is an exciting composition for the very beginning band that starts with a three-note idea and steadily builds as the piece progresses. Carefully placed accents make the simple theme float across the bar lines throughout the piece. Sean O’Loughlin has a knack for writing great music for the very youngest of students.

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3319-2

by George Sweet

Dur: 5:06
Level: 2:25
Publisher: Carl Fischer, YPS128
$60.00

This piece takes off right from the start. It contains some very pleasant contemporary sounds not usually found in pieces of this difficulty level, and students will be eager to play it again and again!

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3473-7

by Chris Campbell

Level: 1
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters, 50100112
$75.00

Expertly crafted for young players by a Texas bandmaster, The Road to Draknor encompasses everything you would want in a work for young bands. It is tuneful, accessible, great fun to play, allows room for the students’ imaginations to roam, and has excellent teaching points. Better yet, audiences will love it!

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Alabama D

      **New**

New 2013

90-3260-8

by Todd Stalter

Dur: 2:35
Level: 1.5
Publisher: Alfred Music, 00-39611
$48.00

This exceptional arrangement features three traditional Welsh folksongs: the lyrical A Gentle Maid in Secret Sigh’d, and the joyous St. David’s Day, which is then intertwined with one of the most famous Welsh songs, The Ash Grove.

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