Concert Band

Grade 1-1.5 * Grade 2-2.5 * Grade 3-3.5

Momentous Overture - Grade 0.5 - New for 2016

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This piece is a celebratory work composed to reflect a special occasion.  Even though it uses just the first six notes, the various articulations and dynamics used make this a terrific piece filled with many teachable moments.

Expedition - Grade 0.5 - Music Direct and Harknett Music recommended for 2015

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This piece was composed to reflect an army setting out on an expedition, and the trials they face along the way. Strong punctuated unisons are contrasted by smooth lyrical playing offering the opportunity for young players to experience style styles. Colorful percussion add to the energy and excitement of this work for very young band.

A Hero's Procession - Grade 0.5 - Steve's Music and St. John's Music recommended for 2015

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This piece is a celebration piece to honour those who risk their lives everyday to make our world a better place to live. Regal and heroic themes are contrasted by lyrical playing in the woodwinds all supported by a steady percussion section.

Sneaking on the Housetops - Grade 0.5 - Harknett Music recommended for 2015

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Have you ever wondered how Santa can get around everyone’s house without making a sound?  This arrangement of Up on the Housetop is a musical depiction of what it would sound like if Santa was caught sneaking around. Every instrument gets an opportunity to shine in this piece, either by playing the melody, or getting short solis. 

The Seige - Grade 0.5 - New for 2014 - St. John's Music and Harknett Music recommended for 2014

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This piece was composed to reflect a medieval scene of an army attacking a castle. Fun parts to play for all while focusing on using the first six notes learned in most method books.

Longships - Grade 0.5 - New for 2014

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Longships were sea vessels made and used by the Vikings from the Nordic countries for trade, commerce, exploration and warfare during the Viking Age. This piece reflects the expedition of such ships through its music, focusing on using the first six notes learned in most method books.

Out of the Shadows - Grade 1 - New for 2016

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Out of the Shadows is a piece that follows the traditional march form, and is easy enough for early musicians to play, by focusing on the first six notes learned in most method books. Bold and triumphant, there are interesting parts for the lowest to the highest voices.

Excalibur - Grade 1.5 - New for 2016

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There are many different myths about how the sword Excalibur came into King Arthur’s possession and all lead to him being recognized as the true ruler of England.  In one myth, Arthur draws the sword from a mighty stone and anvil.  In another, the king retrieves Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake.  Regardless of which story is true, or which one believes is true, this piece reflects King Arthur’s quest to find Excalibur. Grand themes and driving rhythms make this fun to play and to listen to.

A Wind Through the Heather - Grade 1.5 - New for 2016

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The Heather is one of the national flowers of Scotland.  This purple flower flourishes in the damp, rainy weather of Scottish moorland, glens and hills. The piece opens with the instruments imitating the drone of the bagpipes setting the stage for a lone trumpet. Throughout the remainder of the work the melody is passed to many voices. It is reflective and expressive.

A New Day - Grade 1.5

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A New Day is a celebratory piece where the melodies, feel, and harmonies are bright and uplifting.  Sweeping, grand themes are supported by light articulated passages. Various members of the band are featured including a brass chorale section, alto saxophone melody and some great tuttis.

Innovation - Grade 1.5 - Steve's Music recommended for 2014

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Innovation is a musical representation of the city of Burlington, Canada moving into the future as an innovative community.  As it continues to grow and develop, the city demonstrates its ingenuity through projects and the developments to the downtown core. Bold fanfares and great melodies will make this a successful choice on a concert or contest.

A World Away - with David Marlatt - Grade 1.5 - Steve's Music, Long and McQuade, and St. John's Music recommended for 2014

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This piece contains two distinctively different themes - a traditional European folk song sounding melody and a Japanese inspired one. Each melody is introduced on its own, then they are combined - with both themes playing simultaneously! This creates a very effective and beautiful sonority. This piece was written to celebrate the twinning of two cities - one in Canada and the other in Japan.

The Last Line of Defense (Concert March) - Grade 1.5 - New for 2014

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The last line of defense is a term that refers to the final means of defense before the opponent reaches its goal, particularly in a war situation.  This piece reflects that definition, as it has the fierce, excitement of a war and represents the bravery of the men and women that risk their lives to defend what is important to them.

As We Sleep - Grade 1.5 - Steve's Music and Long and McQuade recommended for 2014

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This lyrical piece is a modern lullaby.  It begins with a peaceful feeling and slowly builds into a beautiful, chorale-like section, reflecting the wonderful dreams we have as we fall into our deepest sleep.

Landfall - Grade 1.5 - Steve's Music recommended for 2013

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Landfall is a term that is often used to describe the situation where a severe storm that develops over water, first reaches land.  This piece reflects the events of disasters such as these in several ways. Strong melodies and rhythmic material drive this exciting piece from top to bottom.

The Fall of Troy - Grade 1.5 - Steve's Music recommended for 2013

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The legend of the great city of Troy varies depending on historical or fictional belief.  This city was the location of the long lasting Trojan Wars, between the people of Troy and the Greeks.  The fall of Troy is probably most accredited to the Greeks plan to build the Trojan Horse, use it to sneak inside cities walls, and defeat Troy’s army while they slept. This story comes alive in music with fanfares, a sweeping lyrical section and the aggressive attack on the Troy. Fun to play and fun to listen to, there is something great to play in each part.

Pride and Valour - Grade 1.5 - Harknett Music and Music Direct recommended for 2012

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Pride and Valour is composed using a traditional march form, but incorporates the excitement of a bold, concert or festival work.  The piece opens with all instruments playing with strong sound, with the intention of grabbing the audience’s attention. The melody is then moved around the band, with new accompaniment material introduced each time.

Burning of the Royal Fortune - Grade 1.5 - Harknett Music, Steve's Music, and Music Direct recommended for 2012

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The Royal Fortune was the name Bartholomew Roberts, otherwise know as Black Bart, gave to the all the flagships of his fleet.  He was considered to be the most successful plunderer of the Carribean and had a 30 month career in piracy, before being killed on the coast of Cape Lopez.  The piece starts out by building up the intensity that is to be carried throughout the piece. The Burning of the Royal Fortune is a sequel to the popular Last Voyage of the Queen Anne's Revenge.

Rise of the Ancients - Grade 1.5 - St. John's recommended for 2012

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Ancient civilizations represent many things about life as we know it today: power, beauty, intelligence, and ambition.  This piece reflects all of these qualities, from the driving force of the ancient armies, to the elegance of ancient architecture.  Rise of the Ancients opens with a driving feel under a mysterious melody.  As it slowly introduces parts, the piece moves into some powerful chords, before introducing the main melody.

You Must Know - Grade 1.5 - Harknett Music recommended for 2011

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This original piece is composed as a light, pop tune for concert band.  You Must Know combines elements of Latin music and rock music.  Commissioned by the Halton District School Board for the Halton Band Extravaganza, 2011.

Maiden Voyage - Grade 1.5 - Harknett Music 'Top Pick' for 2011

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Maiden Voyage is a song about celebration.  Although the term ‘maiden voyage’ refers to a boat’s first adventure, it can represent any first successful event.
It starts with a conversation of strong chords played by the brass and winds and a powerful rhythm played by the percussion section, which is the beginning of the adventure.  It moves into a more gentle, flowing section, with the flutes and alto saxophone playing a bright, rhythmical accompaniment for the soft clarinets, as the ship set out into the open waters.

El Camino (Spanish March) - Grade 1.5 - Long and McQuade, Music Direct, and Steve's Music recommended for 2011

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El Camino (The Road) is a Spanish march composed in the traditional style of a pasodoble.  This piece is fast paced and energetic from start to finish and sounds more complicated than it seems.

As the River Flows - Grade 1.5 - Long and McQuade and Steve's Music recommended for 2011

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This lyrical piece is composed using ternary (ABA) form and gives every section an opportunity to shine.  Filled with rich use of harmony and a flowing melody, As the River Flows is a great way to teach a band the expressive style.

A Holiday Festival - Grade 1.5 - Traditional and Original Songs - NEW 2010

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A Holiday Festival is a multi-cultural holiday piece including songs representing Christmas, Ramadan, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa.  The piece opens with a bold entrance of Deck the Halls before moving into a movement titled Eid Mubaruk, an original piece inspired by Arabic music.  It then moves into an arrangement of a traditional Hebrew song Hannukah, Sov, Sov, Sov.  Afterwards, another original piece titled, Umoja, Nia, Imani, inspired by African grooves and feels is performed, following by a full arrangement of Deck the Halls to close the entire medley.

Legacy - Grade 1.5 - NEW 2010 - Harknett Music 'Top Pick' for 2010

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Legacy is a song of heroic nature and is a great way to introduce polyrhythmic texture to a young band.  This piece opens with a high energy feel that can represent a hero, and uses a melody that focuses on a motif that is simple and memorable.  The piece later moves into a lyrical section that can be portrayed as the hero's downfall before ending with its original tempo.

Mission: Secret - Grade 1.5 - NEW 2010 - Harknett Music Recommended for 2010

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Mission: Secret is a classic spy tune written using a 12-bar blues form. It mostly comprises of a catchy bass line riff with a simple, sustained melody over top.  The opening four measures, which are bold and energetic, are to be played strikingly, but not overblown.  The piece then moves into the main riff, setting up the driving feel of the piece.  Also, be sure that students control their tone on the shots from measures 57 through 71 by over articulating or over blowing.  Super Spy!

Two Holland Tales - Grade 1.5 - Dutch Folk Songs - NEW 2010 - Steve's Music Recommended for 2010

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Inspired by two folk songs from my Dutch heritage, Two Holland Tales is a piece that successfully combines lyrical and upbeat sections.  Daar waren twee koningskinderen (There Were Two Royal Children) is the opening lyrical movement which displays the talents of the wind and brass sections.  The piece then moves into Toen ik op Nederlands bergen stond (I Once Stood On the Netherland's Hills) is a fast movement in 6/8 and features the percussion section.

A Fisherman's Tale: Inspired by the Music of Newfoundland - Grade 1.5

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Using the style of Canadian folk songs from the east coast and the story telling features of Newfoundland, A Fisherman’s Tale is a piece about a trip out into the ocean. The piece opens with the solemn, chorale-like movement Farewell, as the fisherman leaves his home and family to begin the excursion, and closes with Return to Harbour, an up tempo movement representing the worker’s successful homecoming.

In Dreams - Grade 1.5 - Harknett Music and Long & McQuade Recommended for 2009

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In Dreams is a musical representation of exactly what our dreams are like: peaceful, calming, horrific, and unpredictable; yet, there is always something to remember about them when we wake up. This piece reflects that by manipulating a memorable eighth note motif through various styles, feels, tempos, and instrumentation.

Through the Eye of the Storm - Grade 1.5 - Harknett Music Recommended for 2008

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Through the Eye of the Storm is a piece full of suspense and intensity, describing the fury of a storm. It begins with strong dynamics, articulation and introduces the rhythmic drive that is carried throughout the entire piece. Energetic and exciting - the students will love this one!

Into the Darkness - Grade 1.5 - Long and McQuade Recommended for 2008

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Set in a rollicking 6/8, this is a great piece to work on triple metre, changing articulations, dynamic contrast and many other elements. Very playable by a young band, the musical elements and teachable moments will not only be a good learning experience for the musicians but fun too!

Last Voyage of the Queen Anne's Revenge - Grade 1.5 - Harknett Music Best Seller for 2007

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Queen Anne's Revenge was the final ship sailed by Edward Thatch, also known as the pirate, Blackbeard. Recently, there have been some archaeological expeditions to find the remains of the sunken ship, all of which is reflected by this piece. To give the "Pirate-like" feeling to the music, it has been composed in 6/8 time, as have many pieces about pirates. This great piece captures the spirit of pirates on the high seas.

The Conqueror - Grade 1.5

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The Conqueror is mainly a piece that carries a brave tone through its entirety. Although some sections of the piece have a slower feel to them, the music requires a consistent flow and heaviness from the low brass and woodwinds, as well as the percussion section. This piece is driving and rhythmic- a sure winner with students.

Fantastic Overture - Grade 1.5

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Fantastic Overture is a musical depiction of a knight's battle, against an evil force, for the love of a woman. All instruments get colourful and interesting parts with the percussion helping to maintain the energy and the medieval mood. This is an ideal piece for a very young band to play and be introduced to programmatic music.

The Lion Heart - Grade 2 - New for 2016

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The Lion Heart is a great way to describe one who is brave, be it a soldier, knight, or a member of society who risks their lives everyday to keep others safe.  The piece is meant to be strong from start to finish, with some short contrasting sections to allow the band to demonstrate its various abilities. This fun symphonic march offers interesting parts for all.

Tides of Fate - Grade 2 - Music Direct, Harknett Music, and Steve's Music recommended for 2015

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For those who have enjoyed Last Voyage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge or Burning of the Royal Fortune, here is another exciting installment to the pirate theme at a more challenging level.

Revelations - Grade 2 - Music Direct recommended for 2014

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Revelations is a piece with a dark, heroic drive to it, almost as if it reflected a biblical revelation.  It opens in a alternating 6/8, 3/4 groove with the lower voices and then builds. Firey rhythms and great contrasting melodies and countermelodies make this powerful piece a great choice for audiences and for the band playing it.

Turmoil - Grade 2 - Music Direct recommended for 2014

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This piece reflects the title accurately: chaotic, extreme contrasts, and loud.  Although it presents several challenges, it is a piece designed to capture the interest of both young musicians and listeners. Fiery rhythmic drive and memorable melodies will make this a successful choice on a concert or contest.

Santa's Sleigh Ride - Grade 2

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Santa’s Sleigh Ride is a creative arrangement of Up on the Housetop as it would be heard in various cultures from around the world.  The original melody has been mixed with traditional songs or has been modified to fit the style of music well known to these cultures. Regions covered by Santa during this clever arrangement include The Caribbean, Hawaii, India, Japan and the USA.

Ramer Wood Overture - Grade 2 - Harknett Music recommended for 2012

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This overture was commissioned by Ramer Wood Public School in honour of the school’s 25th anniversary. This piece was composed to reflect both the history of the Ramer family and the celebration of the school’s anniversary. It opens with material that is fanfare in nature to mark the special occasion. Fun and energetic, bands love playing these strong melodies.

Shimmer - Grade 2 - Long and McQuade recommended for 2012

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Shimmer is a calm, reflective piece that is reflected by the meaning of the word itself: to shine with a subdued flickering light, as in a reflection on water.  The main melody is simple and repeated several times throughout, each time mixed with various harmonies, contrapuntal techniques, rhythmical figures, or counter melodies, to keep the music interesting for performers and listeners.

Baby - Grade 2

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Baby is a ballad that uses a light, shuffle feel that features a band’s lead alto sax player.  Written using the standard AABA form, the chart also highlights the flute, oboe, and trumpets in the introduction, bridge, and coda sections.

Triumphant - Grade 2 - Harknett Music recommended for 2011

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This is a highly, energetic and percussive piece that your band and audience will certainly enjoy.  The piece opens with a mysterious feeling, introducing some of the melodic content.  The piece then moves into it main section with strong chords in the brass and woodwinds, with powerful support from the percussion section.

Jagged - Grade 2 - NEW 2010 - Harknett Music, St. John's Music, and Steve's Music Recommended for 2010

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The word jagged can be defined by either 1) having a rough or harsh quality or 2) having a sharply uneven surface or outline.  Both of these definitions are reflected by this piece through the constant changing of feel, irregular rhythmical patterns, sudden dynamic changes, often changing of direction in melodies and motifs.

Brave Wolfe - Grade 2 - Canadian Folk Song

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This piece is based on a Canadian folk song which is an account of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, where the British, led by General Wolfe, captured Quebec City from the French, under General Montcalm.  This lyrical arrangement makes use of rich harmonies influenced by jazz and pop music.

Something Modal - Grade 2

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Something Modal is a laid back jump swing chart.  The melodies and backgrounds are very simple, yet very catchy.  Chord changes are simple enough to open up opportunities for players to practice and show off their improvising abilities.  Optional drum kit part included.

Dynasty - Grade 3 - Long and McQuade and Harknett Music recommended for 2015

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Dynasty is a bold and exciting symphonic march. Contrasting themes, powerful low brass lines and driving percussion keep the energy up throughout this piece. Lightly articulated passages contrast the big, brassy sound making this fun to play and to listen to.

Into the Hills - Grade 3 - St. John's recommended for 2013

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With a real western, horse galloping feel, this exciting original work explodes out of the gate with great melodies, colorful percussion and fun parts for all. The cowboy type feel is contrasted by a haunting lyrical section inspired by monk chants. The piece closes as it began with a thrilling ride to the finish line. Into the Hills was commissioned by Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School to mark the celebration of its twentieth anniversary.

Illuminations - Grade 3

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This piece was commissioned by the Burlington Concert Band, to be played for the opening of the Burlington Performing Arts Center, in October of 2011.  The campaign for the city to build this structure has taken 70 years and once it became a reality, the campaign was deemed, ‘The Possible Dream’.  The title, ‘Illuminations’, reflects both the brilliance of the building’s architecture and the artistic talents (music, drama, art, and dance) that will take place there upon its completion.

The Age of Chivalry - Grade 3 - Harknett Music, Steve's Music, Music Direct, and Long and McQuade recommended for 2012

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This march was composed to reflect the bravery, nobility, and honour of the knights of the medieval times.  The piece is meant to be strong from start to finish, with some short contrasting sections to allow the band to demonstrate its capabilities.

Kingsmere Overture - Grade 3 - Harknett Music, St. John's Music, and Steve's Music Recommended for 2009; Kiwanis Syllabus Piece

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Kingsmere Overture is an exciting and rhythmic piece by talented composer Ryan Meeboer. This work is divided into three main sections depicting the development of a career as a music educator: "The Establishment," "The Departure" and "The Triumph." Each section has its own character and style featuring different soloists or sections of the band. This is a great contest piece to showcase all that the band can do.

The Centennial (March) - Grade 3 - Long and McQuade Recommended for 2010

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This march was commissioned by the Burlington Concert Band to mark the 100th anniversary of the band's existence in Burlington, Ontario. Written in a traditional style with a bit of a concert piece twist, The Centennial is surely a piece to be enjoyed by both the performers and audience: the melodies are simple, singible, and memorable, with a powerful transitional section between the main melody and trio. Include an introduction that is similar to that of a fanfare, this piece would make an excellent addition to your festival or concert program.