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More of my concert band favorites - Walrus Cloudy
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More of my concert band favorites
Inspired by my own post the other day, I figured I would post some of my past favorites that I've played. Again, this is probably only of interest to those of you who like symphonic/classical-styled music (and most who do probably still don't care, but whatever, it's MY journal.)

  • Heartbeat Five by Gary Gilroy - An energetic piece written in 5/4. I would LOVE to write up a field arrangement of this sometime. It's already got great energy and it even has good percussion breaks (especially the one 3 measures before the end, which would sound awesome on quads and a drum line) but it's not long enough for a halftime show, and I have no idea what I'd put with it. Also, one needs a very skilled marching band to pull off anything in an odd meter. My favorite part is the ending, starting at about 2:46.

  • Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual by Robert W. Smith - A nice concert piece that we did as a halftime show one year in high school (with only minor modifications), and it worked out really well.

  • Yorkshire Ballad by James Barnes - A simple but beautiful ballad.

  • Chorale and Shaker Dance by John Zdechlik - We played this one my senior year in high school. It's an arrangement of one of my favorite folk pieces, the Shaker tune Simple Gifts, combined with a repeating chorale phrase. My favorite part, is letters R and S on the score if I remember right, which is around 7:52 in this recording -- it really gets INTO the Simple Gifts theme, rather than dancing around it. The ending is great too, I love "thundering tympani" (as Wikipedia describes it).

Again, these are professional recordings, except for Africa, which is some other amateur band, I think.

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av8rmike From: av8rmike Date: September 20th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
The Yorkshire Ballad takes me back.. to around 8th or 9th grade, wow.
teshiron From: teshiron Date: September 20th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think that's when I played it. 9th grade or so, freshman band.
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