Concert Literature for small band

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    nafmeadmin
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    I am already beginning to think about our March concert in regards to selecting literature for both of my ensembles. Here is my instrumentation. For the high school I have: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 alto saxes, 1 bari sax, 2 trumpets, 1 french horn, 1 trombone, 1 baritone, and 5 percussionists. They generally play music that is 2.5-3 in grade level. The junior high band has the following instrumentation: 2 flutes, 3 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 1 alto sax, 3 trumpets, 1 french horn, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, and 3 percussionists. They can generally handle music that is 1-2 in grade level. I want them to have a march so we are able to explore the layout of a march, but I also am looking for something that will expose them to a minor key signature. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    #14219
    nafmeadmin
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    James Swearingen arranged several Karl King marches that are appropriate for a small high school band- the United Nations March is probably my favorite of these, although it’s not in a minor key. I think The Peacemaker is in a minor key, though. Not sure about your junior high band. It’s harder to find the combination that you need. Luckily, your balance seems to be okay in both groups.

    #14758
    nafmeadmin
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    Have you tried pieces from the Flex-Band series by Hal Leonard Publ? They are mostly grade 2-3, but some of the grade 2 stuff is very easy. I have the same dilemma with my high school band and have to re-write almost all of their performance pieces. The Flex-Band arrangements save me a lot of time.

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